BEING THAT MY FAVORITE PLACE TO TRAVEL IS WEST - THOUGHT I'D SHARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OILS WITH YOU TO KEEP YOU HAPPY AND HEALTHY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

There are medical breakthroughs being made each day, and, as Western medicine becomes more advanced, there is also a desire to go back to basics, finding less expensive, natural resources for healing. This mentality has put an emphasis on the use of essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from plants and can be used to reduce stress, improve mood and memory and reduce inflammation, to name a few. And best of all… they have almost no side effects! Here are some popular essential oils and how they can help improve your quality of life.

LAVENDER OIL: Extracted from fresh lavender flowers, this oil is one of the most popular. It is said to slow down the nervous system reducing anxiety and promoting better sleep and improved concentration. 

EUCALYPTUS OIL: Derived from the leaves of eucalyptus odorata, eucalyptus oil can work as a powerful biocide, killing insects, ticks and mites and nematodes. 

It is also effective against bacterial strains like staphylococcus, influenza, and streptococcus pneumoniae. This property also makes it effective in improving respiratory health, alleviating coughs and congestion if inhaled as a steam. 

Recent studies show both eucalyptus and peppermint oils as effective in boosting cognitive performance as well as reducing headaches and promoting mental and muscular relaxation. 

 Eculyptus in  @leefromamerica 's shower

Eculyptus in @leefromamerica's shower

PEPPERMINT OIL: Peppermint oil is great for the digestive system, speeding up the rate of elimination to alleviate upset stomach, gas, indigestion and anxiety. It calms the involuntary smooth muscle of the stomach producing an antispasmodic effect that improves the flow of bile. It can also sooth Irritable Bowel Syndrome with studies showing that encapsulated peppermint oil can reduce IBS in up to 80% of the people who take it. This is due to the menthol the oil contains which works on the movement of electrolytes across cell membranes to reduce involuntary contractions. 

Peppermint oil has also been known to offer relief to those suffering from Herpes Simplex by permeating skin and working directly on the virus. Although more research is needed, evidence shows it may fight outbreaks. 

TEA TREE OIL: Tea tree oil is also known for it’s antimicrobial properties. It is derived from tea or paperbark trees and has a long history of being used in Australia as an antiseptic and to relieve coughs and help heal wounds. 

In modern times, tea tree oil is an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal. It fights organisms from damaging cell membranes. It also works to decrease the growth of yeast and fungus and can be applied to cuts to help fight infection. It may also help fight outbreaks of HSV-1.

JOJOBA OIL: Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of the wild jojoba shrub. It has been used by Native Americans to help heal wounds. It has been proven to accelerate the closure of wounds on a cellular level. In can also improve the appearance of skin and reduce acne. 

BLUE CHAMOMILE OIL: Blue chamomile oil is extracted from German chamomile. It has been used historically to help remedy skin conditions, treat wounds, sores, burns and bruises, reduce fevers and improve sleep patterns. Recent research shows that chamomile prevents a chemical process in the body that causes inflammation and may inhibit the effects of the stomach ulcer provoking bacteria Helicobacter pylori. 

THIEVES OIL: Legend has it that in the late 15th century, French authorities offered a group of thieves leniency in exchange for the secret to mixing this spicy aromatic blend. Not only does Thieves Oil smell great, it also can be used to calm coughs and boost the immune system. It works wonderfully as a cleaning agent making your house look and smell terrific. 

If you are interested in incorporating essential oils into your daily health and beauty care, follow instructions on how best to use them. While some oils can be applied to skin or ingested, it is important that you are certain that doing so is safe. Some oils must be diluted with water or another carrier oil before being applied to skin.

A Guide to Essential Oils and Healthy Living in the Detroit Area

For Detroiters, there are many local businesses that incorporate essential oils into their products and services. Drought Juice, the leading certified USDA organic juice brand of the Midwest, has several locations in the Metro Detroit area and includes essential oils into their cold pressed juicing during the wintertime. Alchemy Slow Living integrates essential oils into their spa services as well as their botanical fragrances. 

Although not local, Como Shambhala is a favorite for essential oils that are wonderful for aromatherapy while Cutler Integrative Medicine is a go-to for all things related to holistic health. 

Those that are interested in improving health naturally, may want to mark their calendars for Community Wellness Day which is taking place at the Inner State Gallery on Saturday Dec. 9 from 12-2 PM. This event will be hosted by Stephanie Popso of Naturally Empowered who will offer guests advice on how to improve mental and physical health through the use of essential oils, meditation and other natural means. This is a free event that is open to the public. Drop by or stay for the whole afternoon!

So, now we can see how these essential oils can be useful in our everyday regimens, our medical needs or as an addition to our home environments. These are safe, natural treatments and, as you can see, many have science to back up their effectiveness. Try essential oils to improve your physical and emotional health. Which ones will work best for you? 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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