This is a guest blog post by Heather Holtz. You can find her contact information below if you would like to learn more.
Being prepared for emergencies is something we should all take to heart.
Whether you are stocking up on water and canned goods or hunting and survival gear, there is another item you should add to your arsenal. Plants! Not the living kind that needs to be watered and nurtured but the kind that has been distilled or cold pressed down to their purest form, essential oils.
Plant based medicine has been around for thousands of years. Imagine the knowledge our ancestors were handed down and combine that with our modern research and testing and today we have the purest forms of essential oils available.
What are essential oils (EOs for short)?
These are extracts taken from the stems, leaves, flowers, and roots of various plants. These parts of the plants are steam distilled or cold pressed down to extract the pure unadultered EOs. If you have ever pealed an orange and inhaled the aroma or smelled a rose you have already experienced an essential oil.
There are three main ways EOs are used, topically, aromatically, and internally.
When using topically you are applying the EO to the skin or problem area directly. The oils are absorbed into the skin and assist your body for all types of concerns. You can also apply to the bottoms of feet to give your body systemic benefits. A few examples are to use the soothing blend on overworked muscles, lavender, frankincense or helichrysum for skin irritations/support, lavender and peppermint for head tension, and peppermint, ginger or digestive blend for an upset stomach.
Aromatic use would be smelling the oil directly from the bottle, applying a drop to your hands (cupping hands over nose and mouth and breathing in deeply), or using a diffuser to put water vapor and oils into the air. There are many benefits of aromatic use including helping to support your airways, lifting and bosting mood and emotions, and cleaning the air of unwanted odors and seasonal threats floating around. A few examples would be to use the protective blend to help boost your immune system when seasonal threats are in the air, peppermint to help open and support airways, restful blend or lavender to help support sleep, lavender, lemon and peppermint together to help support against seasonal plant particles in the air, and grounding blend to help balance emotions and anxiety.
The third way is internal use. This would be using specific oils that are safe to consume either by adding to your water, adding to flavor food, dropping under your tongue, or putting into a veggie capsule and swallowing. Before ingesting it is extremely important to make sure the oil is safe to ingest (more on this below). There are countless benefits for this type of usage.
I have incorporated EOs into all of my emergency preparations. The bottles are small and easy to pack and travel with, have countless uses and a long shelf life if properly stored. In fact, I have a whole webinar about oils for emergency preparedness and how to incorporate all these into your life. If you would like more information on my webinars please contact me, my information is below.
EOs can support whole body systems such as: respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular, digestive, neurological, cellular function, autoimmune, pregnancy, sleep, energy, kid’s health, pet’s health and the list goes on and on. One bottle can have countless uses! In addition to physical and emotional support you can also use them for things like chemical free cleaning, making your own bath products, pest control, gardening, etc. Let’s face it, in an extended emergency you will need to rely on things you have and can make instead of getting to the store.
Not all essential oils are the same.
It is SUPER important to make sure to research the EO company. I spent months doing my own research on the various essential oil companies and found the one with the highest purity rating and transparency. If a company says the oils are for aromatherapy use only and not to use topically or ingest, move on. You want a company that gives you information to where the plants are sourced. Indigenous locations are where the plants grow best. You wouldn’t plant a palm tree up in Alaska and expect it to thrive and have the same chemical properties that one would have growing in the tropics. You also want a company that gives you direct access to the testing reports for each bottle and batch of oils they produce. My research lead me to dōTERRA and my life has been forever changed for the better.
*** Essential oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease***
A little about the author…
Heather Holtz is a Natural Wellness Advocate with dōTERRA Essential Oils. She began researching natural plant based alternatives to assist her sister through chemo and found essential oils. Fast forward several years and she has used essential oils through her own cancer journey, daily living, supported her dog through major neurological issues, and has helped many people start their own natural wellness journey. She hosts private classes in person and online as well as offers personal consultations. If this article resonates with you she would love to chat and give you a free personalized wellness consultation or discuss how you can incorporate essential oils into your emergency preps.
doTERRA Wellness Advocate
Heather Holtz- ID 810428
Phone (708) 653-6999
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