Amy Manz chats es­sen­tial oils

LAVA BEAD JEW­ELLERY IS ALSO A GREAT WAY TO USE EOS AROMATICALLY

Highfields' Own - - Contents - BY AMY MANZ, REG­IS­TERED KINESIOLOGIST

By now you may have heard all of the hype sur­round­ing es­sen­tial oils. Google searches for es­sen­tial oils have sky­rock­eted in the last sev­eral years and they are found in more and more Aus­tralian homes. But what are es­sen­tial oils? They are pure ex­tracts from plants — th­ese oils help to pro­tect those plants from threats such as bac­te­ria, fun­gus, viruses and so on.

Es­sen­tial oils aren’t a magic cure and by no means re­place med­i­ca­tion — they help you take a proac­tive role in your health care by us­ing a nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tive.

There are three main ways to use es­sen­tial oils. Topi­cally: The bot­toms of feet, back, chest, and base of skull are all great places to ap­ply the oils.

EOS are ex­tremely pow­er­ful so you only need a few drops to ser­vice your whole body.

It is a good idea to use a car­rier oil such as co­conut oil to di­lute the EO in case of skin sen­si­tiv­ity. Aromatically: In­hal­ing EOS can help your mood and ease breath­ing.

Dif­fus­ing them can help kill any air­borne germs.

If dif­fus­ing, be sure to use a cool mist dif­fuser as EOS should not be heated as it can up­set the prop­er­ties of the oil.

Al­ter­na­tively, fash­ion­able and por­ous lava bead jew­ellery ab­sorbs the oil and acts as a dif­fuser through­out the day. In­ter­nally: Al­ways check the la­bels to en­sure the oil is okay for in­ter­nal use.

The oils can be added to water to drink, a drop un­der the tongue or even added to a veg­etable cap­sule. Here’s two of my favourites and their uses. Pep­per­mint: Alert­ing, in­vig­o­rat­ing for the lungs, aromatically helps clear si­nuses, cools the tem­per.

I use it on the roof of my mouth to al­le­vi­ate headaches. Laven­der: All things calm­ing. This calms my kids when they are crazy, and helps re­lax the body ready for sleep.

It is fan­tas­tic for bites and stings.

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