Essential Oils – My Journey

Neals Yard Essential Oils Book by Susan Curtis

Rose Geranium by Laitche| Public domain | Wikimedia Commons

Lavender by Maja Dumat | CC BY 2.0  | via Wikimedia Commons

I bought a great book –Essential Oils – Neals Yard Remedies– which is fantastic value for money; easy to read and understand with loads of information. An excellent starting point for a beginner.

I focused mainly on the intro sections, skipping over the A-Z section, which describes the many varied oils with suggestions for use. I will come back to this section later. When reading the book, I asked myself the following question – What is it I want to understand, and how do I want to use Essential Oils? My answers are as follows:

  • Home Fragrances – I want to have great scents around the house that lift my spirits
  • Therapeutic Properties – I want to see how Essential Oils can improve my health

There are a few Oils that immediately attract me, some of them from previous experience, and some of them because of the description and write-ups.

These Oils include:

  • Geranium, Rose and Lavender – to help me to balance energy
  • Rosemary – to clear the mind and enhance focus
  • Clary Sage – to reduce any anxieties and improve my memory
  • Chamomile – to lift depression and increase feelings of well being
  • Bergamot – same as above

Whilst reading through this great book, I am reminded about how Oils lift moods and ease tensions in our bodies.  This is certainly an area that is important to me.  I often find I am tense, with neck and shoulder pains coming on from time to time. And I absolutely never want to take pain killers, or rub muscle ointment into my skin.  The use of Essential Oils therefore sounds like a good alternative to me.

There are a couple of other oils which attract me.

  • Black Pepper – this is a physical and mental support, helps with decongesting and reduce cravings
  • Tea Tree – for antiseptic purposes, to destroy bacteria, viruses and fungi
  • Thyme, Peppermint and Clove – inhale these for chest infections and sinusitis
  • Frankincense – to help with pain and as an anti-inflammatory
  • Citrus Oils – to detoxify and help get rid of toxins released whilst under stress
  • Eucalyptus, Niaouli, Lavender, Sage, Bay Laurel – to boost immunity
  • Rosemary, Rose Essential, Clary Sage, Lavender, Fennel, Basil, Sage, Cypress & Geranium – for balancing hormones

I am keen to get started, and I had a quick look around in Plymouth last week to see what Essential Oils were sold in the health shops.  I was tempted, but did not end up purchasing any.  My main concerns was around the brands, and I wanted to gain more knowledge about which brands to go for, before making any purchases.  When choosing a brand, look for Fair Trade, or Fair For Life logos that suggest sustainability.  That is so important.  Choose organic whenever you can.

Check out more of my Monday Motivation Blogs HERE.  See what Essential Oils I have discovered, and what my favourites have turned out to be.  What about you, what are your favourites and why?

About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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