By Alexa Santory
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We spoke with one of our lovely supporters and stand out community members, Stephanie Rice, about her take on essential oils.
Stephanie is a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils and essential oils expert, and has some important info and perspectives to share.
How did you get into essential oils?
As a child of seven years old, my mother noticed how much I strangely liked vegetables and my inquisitive mind about water and fasting. She blessed me with my first herbs: Burdock Root, Chickweed, Sage and Chamomile and handed me a book called Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss. This book intrigued me and blew my little mind right open with the intricacies of healthy living practices and the first mention of essential oils that my little eyes had ever seen. Although I continued my herbal teas and concoctions, the beginning of my use of essential oils and understanding their connection to
plant life, would start many years later.
Very cool! What are some of your favorite ways to use essential oils?
Besides diffusing I also use essential oils in my hair and skin concoctions. I often rub my dog, Maxine, down with Lavender as it calms her down. I add Spearmint to my body lotion for a nice refreshing scent and invigorating feeling and I make body spritzes with Geranium that supports a clear complexion and smells wonderful!! I make sure to add a little glycerin as a carrier oil in my spritz’ and teas for protection. I also adore using essential oils for my hair! My very favorite combination of oils that will remain a staple in my arsenal is Rosemary, Lavender and Peppermint. I love adding them to my oils and my teas. Those three oils together give off such a beautiful scent and their properties in supporting follicle stimulation, hair growth and better blood circulation in the scalp are amazing. I also love to use many other essential oils that promote hair health such as Sage, Lemon, Patchouli, Myrrh, Cypress and Carrot seed essential oils. The use of Carrot seed essential oil has surprisingly been suggested to Rogaine users to boost hair regrowth!
How long have you worked with them/what do you do?
In 2012, I was on a search for this water machine that made 5 different kinds of water, one of them being Alkaline. I’d soon bump into an old high school classmate who happened to be a Kangen Water Machine Distributor. She sold me my first water machine. I noticed that every time I visited her house it smelled so good and every time I’d leave I’d feel so relaxed and renewed. I’d find out later that she was diffusing Lavender and Geranium, which were the first oils I’d purchase from her. I started making my own scented sprays, oils and started having regular aromatherapy sessions at my home. I was hooked and I’d only scratched the surface. I became a Kangen Water Machine Distributor and a Young Living Essential Oil Distributor within that year!
What's the best way to purchase essential oils/things to look out for?
Therapeutic essential oils differ from synthetics in that they actually support healing in the body, while synthetics just give off a nice scent and provide the body with toxins. There are also many essential oils out there that are un-pure and laced with harmful chemicals and fillers; so make sure that the essential oils that you use are 100% pure and Therapeutic grade to ensure safety and potency. Essential oils are also both light and heat sensitive so make sure to keep them in a cool and dark place to insure its potency and effectiveness. Look for the directions of usage on the bottle to see if the oil can be applied
directly to the skin (neat) or if they need a carrier oil. For instance, Cinnamon and Peppermint oils can burn without a carrier oil…. believe me… I know firsthand lol. Also, in researching the EOs that you are interested in, it’s useful in knowing the ORAC value which measures the antioxidant level. This may help you in finding the EO that most productively suits your needs and addresses your particular ailments or concerns.
Again, special thanks to Stephanie for this super helpful information.
Okay, let's recap
Aromatherapy is an amazing alternative medicine method that uses our sense of smell to trigger our bodies and minds into relaxation, ease pain, promote better sleep, and boost energy. Finding the right essential oil or oils for your mind and space will promote these reactions and hopefully provide you with some relief from the everyday stress.
- Don’t be afraid of adding essential oils to your skincare routine. As long as you dilute them properly, they’re safe to use on the skin. Make sure to spot test the oil on an inconspicuous part of the body in case you experience a reaction. If you do experience a reaction, stop using the oil immediately.
- Adding essential oils to your hair routine can help promote hair growth and keep the scalp healthy and happy. Remember, happy scalp = happy hair. There’s a essential oil for all of your most pressing hair concerns. Spot test them before applying them, and never apply an undiluted essential oil to the scalp.
Essential oils can be unsafe for pets, causing them to get sick, lethargic, or pass on. If you have a pet and you use essential oils in your home, be sure to monitor your pet’s behavior. Avoid certain essential oils around your furry friend, like lavender, lemon, and eucalyptus. Your pet’s sense of smell is much more elevated than ours and certain oils can trigger illnesses. There are pet friendly oils, though, like myrrh and peppermint.
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