The Power of Plants
I have a new addiction. It involves sniffing and licking and relishing in a rush of euphoria.
And no. It’s not crack. Ha, not even close. While that stuff is toxic and destroys cells, this stuff – my stuff, my little goody-box of addiction – go cell-deep to restore and nourish.
Essential oils. My new addiction. Oh how I love you, you little liquid bottles of beauty.
I pulled out some lemon oil last tonight to rub on Elsie’s belly for her constipation (she’s just started eating food and is having a little trouble, you know, gettin’ ‘em out). After I rubbed the oil clockwise around her abdomen, I bent over to inhale her lovely little lemon belly in, and then (ok, so this is a bit weird) I licked her! I licked her luscious little lemon belly and smiled as citrus exploded on my tongue. Chris burst out laughing, and made some comment about my addiction. I said, he couldn’t talk – him watching footage of himself again, for like the 50th time, dressed up as an elf pulling our Move Strong Christmas Parade truck. He thought he looked pretty tough, leaning into the air to get the truck moving, but I thought he looked a bit like Rose, arms spread, on the bow of the Titanic waiting for Jack to hold her.
Anyways, back to the oils…
I’ve been using them for two or so months now, and I’ve been amazed at the power of these oils. I always
thought essential oils were just nice smelling, calming, something used in massage oils or worn by hippies. But after experimenting with them on myself and my family, I’ve witnessed first-hand the therapeutic benefits of the oils. This excites me! Like really excites me! Why? Because I feel like I can chuck out that box of medicine high up in the cupboard – the one with Panadol and Aspirin and Cold & Flu tablets and anti-acids and worm tablets and left-over antibiotics and the list goes on. I try hard not to use them, but sometimes things happen and I need a quick-fix, even though I know the drugs don’t work to solve the root cause of the problem, but only mask the symptoms. There has even been research to suggest that seemingly harmless house-hold drugs like Aspirin can cause pancreatic cancer, as well as damage the gastrointestinal tract, and depelete the body of essential minerals and vitamins. And that’s just Aspirin…
Grada and Peter from the Purple House, who taught me a lot about aromatherapy, likened a box of oils to a first-aid kit. And they really are. And unlike conventional medical drugs, they support body systems at a cellular level. They work to repair the body back to its original healthy state. Rather than causing cancer, they destroy cancer – like literally! There are many studies that show the anti-cancer properties of essential oils, and many more accounts of people whose tumours and skin cancers have actually shrunk and disappeared after using particular anti-cancer oils.
Here are some healing wonders I have seen over the last two months:
- Peppermint oil: This stuff is wonderful. It’s like consuming a Peppermint Crème (without all the added sugar and other junk!). Within minutes, a whiff of this punchy oil dissolved both Chris’s and my sister-in-law’s headaches that had been lingering around for hours. My mum also suffered vertigo the other week – the pills from the Pharmacy weren’t working, so I put a few drops of peppermint oil on a tissue and told her to sniff it. The oil significantly reduced her vertigo, and she continued inhaling it for the rest of the day. I also love popping a few drops on my tongue (this will really enliven you!) – it’s an awesome way to kick a cold or flu. Both Chris and I caught a nasty bug, and after not being able to shake it off, we began drinking the peppermint oil, and after a day or two we were as good as new.
- Lemon oil: This is great for the digestive system. I’ve suffered with heartburn for many years. I’ve learnt to control it by not eating aggravating foods (mostly grains), but sometimes it will pop up out of nowhere after eating foods that usually don’t affect me – nuts, eggs, fruit, salads. Even paints, perfumes and other chemicals can bring it on. Possibly a lack (or excess) of HCL acid, or even a symptom of leaky gut, or maybe my Phase 1 liver detoxification pathway not working 100%. Anyway, the other morning I felt the bile burn up my chest and neck after breakkie. I ran to my Aromatherapy book and found that lemon oil helps alleviate heartburn. So I quickly rubbed a few drops on my chest and seriously, it felt like the oil began to dissolve the regurgitated food stuck in my chest. I went about my business and 10 or so minutes later, no heartburn at all! Lemon is also a great stress-relief and helps to calm and lighten the mind. I’ve turned to inhaling the bottle when I start to feel edgy.
- RC: I have a blend of oil which is great for respiratory issues, among other things. My three-year-old Poppy had also caught the nasty bug that Chris and I had a few weeks ago, and it really affected her chest at night. One night in particular she had a coughing fit for two hours straight. I held her in my arms in my bed. By 2am I was feeling very helpless and tired. Such a little body convulsing with deep, hoarse coughs. In desperation, I turned on my lamp and searched for my oils. I grabbed the RC blend and rubbed a good number of drops on her chest. I didn’t care about being overly-generous, I just wanted her coughing to stop. It was truly amazing when Poppy stopped coughing immediately after I rubbed the oil in. Some may say it was coincidence, but if you look at the science behind essential oils, you will see that therapeutic-grade essential oils increase the frequency (electrical energy) of our bodies. A typical frequency of a healthy body is 62-68MHz. Someone with a cold will have a frequency of 58MHz. Someone with cancer a frequency of 42MHz. While a dying body will hit a low of 24MHz. Could it be that the oils ramped Poppy’s frequency back up to a healthy range, which consequently stopped her coughing?
- Lavender oil: I’ve also seen healing, soothing effects with lavender oil. Because of its nurturing qualities, as well as its endless list to help with many different conditions, this oil is likened to the Mother of all oils. I use this oil quite often on my 6month old Elsie because it’s very gentle and can be applied directly onto infants’ skin. Lavender has really helped Elsie with teething pains and also fevers. She was having a few days and nights of very restless sleep. Exhausted and desperate one night, I lathered her feet up with lavender, hoping she might sleep longer than an hour – low and behold she slept 5 hours straight. Again, coincidence? Or was it that the oils, massaged into her feet, travelled to her gums to reduce inflammation and her fever? There have been far too many ‘coincidences’ over the past couple of months for them to truly be ‘coincidences.’ I also used lavender oil (and frankincense oil which is a very rich, powerful oil, and with the frequency of ‘unconditional love’) on Poppy one night when she woke up in hysterics after having a nightmare. Nothing we did would snap her out of her screaming until I took off her PJs and rubbed the oils on her chest. She promptly stopped screaming and allowed me to carry her back to bed. The whole house smelt of lavender and frankincense and we all slept soundly for the rest of the night.
These are just a few examples of the power of essential oils working their magic in my family. I’ve also seen them encourage better sleep, aid in the recovery of sore muscles and minor injuries, reduce anxiety, clear up spots and scars on the skin…But essential oils are so much more than a first aid kit. They can also work to heal ‘big’ illnesses too, such as cancer, depression and ADHD. They can help with emotional and hormonal balance. And, very basically, they are also just simply divine smelling and non-toxic and can be splashed all over your body, home and workspace.
For two and half years now, I’ve been searching for natural ways to improve my health. It started out with movement, as well as more dedication to better sleep patterns and down-time. But I soon found this wasn’t enough. Then I looked to nutrition by changing to a real foods way of eating. But even then, I still haven’t achieved ‘perfect’ health – especially after having Elsie, I have been lacking in energy, feeling quite thin physically and emotionally, my immune system is not up to scratch, and my patience with my toddler is very flaky. Just eating a wholefoods diet, unfortunately, is not as simple as that for me – after a Live Blood Analysis and Kinergetics session with Grada, I found that I’m very sensitive at the moment to gluten and casein (I don’t eat much gluten, but dairy I was eating daily with most meals), my blood showed I needed to eat more good fats (I thought I was, but Elsie must be sucking it all away from me), and my blood sugar level was very high which was surprising to me as I generally avoid sugar and most grains – obviously my body wasn’t coping with the carbs I do have (fruit, potatoes, and on the occasion, oats, buckwheat, legumes), and were best avoided altogether. Nutrition can be tricky – we’re all so individual, and react differently to different foods and at different times, and sometimes we may need the extra help delivered by vitamin and mineral supplements and herbs. This involves testing and experimenting, and sometimes seeking the assistance of a natural therapies practitioner.
I’ve been changing some things up with my diet, and I have seen some big changes in my energy levels and immune system. But in addition, I’ve also been using my essential oils to support my body systems. It’s another wonderful tool that is available to all in the holistic quest to achieve wellness and longeivity. The oils are intelligent, and know what your body needs – so even if you don’t have a lot of knowledge about aromatherapy, and which oils to use for what, using any oil will increase your health and wellness.
Each drop of oil is pure sun energy harvested and distilled from plants. They were mankind’s first medicine, and have been used by many cultures across the world for thousands of years. So why, in our western society, which is so heavily reliant on lab-made drugs forced upon us by pharmaceutical companies, have we forgotten or become skeptical of nature’s medicine? If you are skeptical, or if the idea of using oils is completely new and foreign to you, why not try them out for yourself? Experiment, play, enjoy. What have you got to lose? You’ll soon see the therapeutic benefits of these little bottles of liquid beauty.
And yes, you might just get addicted too!
If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, I’d love to share them with you. I regularly hold essential oil workshop sessions for those who are new to oils, and also to those who have been using them for awhile and want to find out more specific ways of using the oils in everyday life.
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