Essential Oils… the do’s and don’ts
The use of Essential Oils with in the context of Aromatherapy is a modality that falls under the umbrella of Complimentary Health.
There is much to be said about providing the right environment for the human body to heal and many ways to protect one-self from developing or acquiring disease, this is where complimentary health modalities come into play and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
In my opinion it would be negligent to solely use complimentary treatments to treat serious medical conditions. While raising my family and for my own health and wellness I have always adopted a balance between allopathic health treatments and complimentary health modalities.
Throughout my years of experience as a natural health product advisor via ownership of health food stores and my personal use of natural health products, be it; vitamins, herbal supplements, herbal teas, homeopathic tinctures and essential oils – there are five points that I have always stressed to my clients:
- If you have a new or worsening condition visit your doctor for tests and diagnosis.
- Learn and understand fully what the condition entails; signs and symptoms, underlying cause, how to treat, make a list of questions to take to your doctor.
- Take all prescribed medication as indicated by your doctor.
- Research fully all natural solutions and complementary modalities that may help to lesson your symptoms and reduce harm. Then ask your doctor and pharmacist if there are any natural remedy interactions that may interfere with your prescribed medication.
- Once you have become an expert on your particular condition – work towards finding a healthy balance between your allopathic health treatment and complimentary health modalities.
Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
Essential Oils are aromatic essences that are extracted from plants. They are complicated substances – and yes they contain substances that when isolated are used in food flavourings and in pharmaceuticals, but in their whole form they also contain other substances that might be harmful, so I don’t promote using essential oils internally, unless you are using oils that have GRAS status (generally recognized as safe) meaning they are essential oils that can be used for culinary or flavour purposes.
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Note: Aromatherapy, like any other natural therapy, is intended to complement not replace traditional medicine. When in doubt about any medical condition, always seek medical advice. See legal