What is old is new again! Essential oils have been used throughout history - are even cited in the Bible (gifts of Frankincense and Myrhh) - as having powerful beneficial properties. Essential oils originally go back as far as ancient Greek and Egyptian cultures. A high quality essential oil has so many applications; it can be ingested for numerous health benefits, applied topically for therapeutic effects, diffused aromatically to improve both air quality and breathing, and some also can be used as a natural cleaner.
What Exactly ARE Essential Oils??
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They are beautifully and powerfully fragrant; can lift a mood, calm the senses, and elicit powerful responses. In addition to their fragrant appeal, essential oils contain medicinal and therapeutic properties. They are naturally anti-microbial and pass directly through the skin for immediate response to topical application. They are naturally safe and powerfully concentrated, but DO need to be used with care. The key to using essential oils is to make sure that they are 100% pure. My preferred brand of essential oil is doTERRA as doTERRA is free of any contaminants, such as pesticides and chemical residues. They contain no fillers, no dyes or perfumes, and is one of the safest and most beneficial oils available in the world today. WORD OF CAUTION: Never ingest an essential oil that is NOT 100% pure!
This Holiday Season, How About Giving the Gift of Health?
3 UNIQUE AND SIMPLE IDEAS FOR THE LOVED ONES IN YOUR LIFE:
1. For Your Best Girl Friend:
BUBBLE BATH, LOTION, AND LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Nothing says "calm" like a beautiful spa package, complete with the most versatile and relaxing essential oil. Apply a few drops to a bath and your senses will instantly become transformed. Can also be applied topically behind ears for a restful night's sleep. Add a few drops to a spray bottle and spray down bed linens and pillows for an extra relaxed state.
2. For Your Colleague:
HOT COCOA (OR CACAO) WITH PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
|Hot Chocolate with Fresh Peppermint|
Alongside your favorite brand of hot cocoa mix, include a bottle of peppermint oil in a little gift basket. Add 1-2 drops of the peppermint for a refreshing cup of holiday cheer. Peppermint oil calms the digestive tract and eases tummy trouble; turn your hot cocoa treat into a health drink! (peppermint can also be added to other chocolate concoctions such as this vegan chocolate pudding found HERE). As a bonus, peppermint oil can be applied to the forehead and back of neck to calm a headache (which we sometimes get with too much holiday cheer!).
3. For The Baker:
A WHISKING SET WITH LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
|Baking with Lemon Oil|
Lemon is one of the most versatile oils. Not only can it lift a mood, but it can freshen a kitchen, clean pots, improve your health, and add zip to your baking dishes. Lemon also helps to alkalize your body and is especially beneficial to start the day with 2 drops of lemon essential oil in water. For baking, here is a great recipe to try with a few drops of lemon essential oil: http://www.mygutsy.com/gaps-lemon-bars/
To learn more about doTerra Essential Oils, click HERE.
What do you have planned this holiday season?
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