Essential oils are found in plants that have been here on planet earth maybe longer than humans. Yet, they have been a part of humanity’s health and maintenance efforts for thousands of years. Many used them and continue to incorporate them in long-held religious rites and celebrations too.
Egyptians may be best known for their use of the aromatics, as they are also known. For they used them as part of the cosmetics that made their world-famous makeup, as well as for ointments and of course mummification.
Though, what is mind blowing is that evidence of their use dates back nearly 14,000 years longer in France. The carbon-dated caves in France suggest that aromatics have been in use since 18,000 before the common era, or more than 20,000 years ago.
What Is Old Is New Again
In a turn of events, as humanity has become more chemical conscious, they have returned to their roots and looked to essential oils as the answer to what ails them. Essential oils have been credited with providing natural heartworm prevention to dogs, while giving humans a calmer demeanor and soothing stomachs, just for starters.
Modern Essential Oil Usage
Take for example lavender oil. A few drops added to water take the edge off for anxious people. And, for those with dandruff or scalp issues, the lavender’s soothing effects help ease the dander off for a smooth and flake-free scalp.
Strength In Small Bottles
The key point with essential oils is to exercise caution and be sure to read the labels. While every bottle of essential oils may look alike, the strength of the oils may differ greatly for one main reason. It matters whether they are just the essential oil or if they have anything added to them.
Some already have what is known as a carrier oil added to them for you. In that case, they are ready for use. Though, if they are only the oil, then it is important to make sure you will not cause injury or harm to yourself, your children, friends, or pets by having them ingesting straight up essential oils.
For instance, oregano oil is very strong. If it is used straight from the bottle, especially with more than the recommended dose of a couple drops, it can cause distress. A good example is people who use essential oils to improve their children’s asthma or allergies.
While an air room humidifier is a great way to diffuse the essential oil into the air, always make sure you have the right type of oil make-up for such a use. And, follow the directions that the manufacturer gives. No one wants an unexpected trip to the emergency room. After all, you are attempting to go natural in your healing and care.
Follow directions always. More so than that, always listen to your body. Watch your children too. They may just want to please mommy, but if the lavender drops in her coconut water are causing her gastric distress, she may not tell you. You have to be the parent and pay attention to the signs of how well they are tolerating different essential oils for better health.