There are so many luscious scents in our natural world—from lilacs to lavender to lemons. Do you have a favorite? Chances are, you can find the scent in a bottle.
For thousands of years, plants have been used for health and healing benefits. With the help of a special extraction process, the essence of plants are liquefied into “essential oils” and bottled. The oils are used for spiritual anointing, aromatherapy, cooking and medicinal purposes.
When used for aromatherapy, essential oils can help calm, energize, balance, purify or rejuvenate the mind and body, depending on the oil that’s used. A few drops of lavender oil to a diffuser, for example, can help promote relaxation and sleep. On the other hand, peppermint oil can do just the opposite and provide a burst of energy. According to a study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University and funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, one’s mood can be boosted with lemon oil.
Maybe you’ve been somewhere and thought, I wish I could bottle up this scent and take it with me! It’s possible with essential oils. Consider opening your scents and senses and see how essential oils may help you. If nothing else, you’ll be transported to your favorite “place” when you open up the bottled goodness.
Learn more about essential oils from a cultivator.
For research and findings, check out Dr. Weil’s site.
Discover the benefits of plants with this handy directory.
See how lavender plants are harvested for essential oil.
Find out about methods of application here.
Most grocery cooperatives carry essential oils. Search a directory here.
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