E is for Essential Oils

These are my love and they bring me such joy. I qualified as an aromatherapist in 1993, and I have used them daily ever since. I use them in my shower gel, my shampoo. I use them in a diffuser in my clinic room, to keep the air clean. The are my go-to when I have sprained or strained any pat of my body. They are my first aid kit when I burn myself on the stove. They truly are remarkable things, and they are my medicine chest. I wrote a whole A to Z challenge on them several years ago on my blog

During the weird goings on of 2020 I used them as a way of staying sane too. I have often used them for the effect that they have on my mood.

Bergamot: This has a long history of being a mood enhancer. Raising the spirits when you feel a bit gloomy. I always make sure I have some for the months early at the beginning of the year, January and February when the winter blues hit. I swear that Bergamot is the reason that I do not suffer from Seasonal Affected Disorder Syndrome (SADS)

Frankincense: Long used for it’s aid in meditation. I love to blend this oil with a citrus oil such as tangerine, orange or lemon. Frankincense is my oil of choice where apprehension, fear, insecurity and perseverance is needed in difficult circumstances. As you can imagine I have been using this essential oil in copious amounts this year. Frankincense is also useful in situations of grief, and it is an oil which I can see being used a lot as people deal with the grief that is ultimately what people will be left dealing with, at the end of all this. Grief for loss of life as we know it.

Of course we need to remember what this whole episode in history has been about, and that is a virus: SARS-Cov-2 to give it it’s correct name, although you could be forgiven to think it was called “coronavirus” or even Covid 19.

Essential oils are very good at being both anti-viral and antiseptic. The most widely known are those that we find in products that we can find at our local chemist. Oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, pine and lemon.

If we go back in history, we are led to beleive that the thieves who went about robbing the bodies in the Black Plague carried a mixture of herbs and spices in posies. These included Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lemon. Some of these oils are very stimulating and should be used with care.

Link to ebay shop on picture.

Do you have a favourite essential oil? I would love if you shared with me, along with the reason why.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

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