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Essential oils and what I thought I knew about them.

Helen MacIsaac-Bertrim

Posted on May 24 2018

Essential oils and what I thought I knew about them.

So here's the down low of what I thought I knew about essential oils.  ,they are concentrated plant matter, and they can help you for certain ailments, ie: coughs, colds, help you breathe, disinfect etc, they are safe to use everyday all day.

I would start my diffuser in the morning and let it run all day, using oils continuously thinking, this is great, and so much better for you than the chemical scented products out there on the market.  Well here"s what I didn't know about essential oils,

        1) They are medicine and should be treated that way.

        2)   They are ingested into your body through your respiratory system, and  through your skin  as it is exposed to the oils too, so  if you have been diffusing  all day, then you are overloading your system.

A great example is Bergamot,  its a wonderful oil, if used properly it can relieve anxiety and depression, helps relieve swelling and inflammation, and it has antibacterial properties.  It has also been found that inhalation of bergamot for one hour reduced blood pressure.

Now for the not so wonderful things,  Prolonged exposure for longer than an hour gave rise to blood pressure, AND Bergamot is phototoxic, which means that if you have been using it in your diffuser then its on your skin, which means you need to avoid Sun exposure for at least 12-16 hours.  

Citrus are wonderful too but be weary especially this time of year (summer) . All citrus essential oils are phototoxic, (unless specified). 

People with medical issues, compromised immune systems, children and  seniors should all be careful when using essential oils as they are powerful plant medicine, and need to be respected.     

I am finding, in this day and age, that we are  getting further and further  away from  prescribed medicine, and closer to natural ways  which is fabulous, but when you got a prescription filled, you also got a pamphlet about possible side effects, allergic reactions contraindications etc.

Essential oils don't come with a pamphlet, everybody is either listening to the big companies or they are using an oil because Bobby Joe heard from Susie, that Mary Ellen used "this oil" and it cured it.

Be informed, everyone is different, what worked for one person might not work for you,  essential oils have the ability to help or hurt you. 

Helen

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