Have your friends in Franklin, TN been raving about essential oils lately? Are you wondering what the big deal is?
Since chiropractors in Franklin, TN and abroad are part of the holistic movement, it’s only fitting that we explore a bit about essential oils, since they offer valid holistic alternatives to over-the-counter medications. Read on, stop wondering about the craze—and join it.
What’s all the fuss?
In modern society, we take it for granted that the synthetic products manufacturers produce for our convenience are perfectly safe. Cleaners that melt grime, detergents that scrub our clothes, even medicines that take away our symptoms. And even though most of us in Franklin, TN realize that an excess of these things has side effects—cleaners release VOCs, detergents have carcinogens, ibuprofen creates stomach ulcers—we buy them without a second thought.
But more and more people are realizing that it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, nature has more to offer than fresh air: it has healing properties. So why the health craze about essential oils? These concentrated herbal extracts can do the same things that synthetic cleaners and medications can, without any side effects. It’s very simple. Essential oils, according to the journal Perspectives in Public Health, offer a truly effective aid or replacement for conventional medicine. Your Franklin, TN chiropractor would agree, we’re sure.
How do they work?
How do essential oils do this? Think about it. An essential oil is, by definition, a concentrated liquid containing aroma compounds from plants. Wikipedia tells us that “An oil is ‘essential’ in the sense that it contains the ‘essence of’ the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.” The fragrance of a plant contains its healing properties.
Have you ever heard of crushing dried peppermint leaves into tea to relieve an upset stomach? Essential oils follow this same property, only they are much more concentrated. Dr. Susan Lawson at EssentialChemist.com says that essential oils have 50 to 70 times more potency than the dried herbs of the plants they come from. So when you apply just a few drops of an essential oil, you are using that plant’s healing properties in a big way.
How are they used?
Essential oils can be used in many ways, according to essential oil maker Young Living, such as in tooth care, cleaning your home, cooking, for pets, and of course as a natural immune booster. But since we’re talking about health in Franklin, TN, let’s look at some ways to apply the oils to your body.
You can either apply the oil directly to your skin via a “carrier oil”, like olive or coconut oil, or you can inhale it (a process called aromatherapy). You can read the science of how these two methods operate in this detailed University of Minnesota article. Basically, if you’ve got a muscle ache or skin malady, putting a mix of carrier oil to essential oil at a 1:1 ratio on it will allow the oil to do its work (the carrier oil dilutes the essential oil so that the powerful concentration doesn’t overwhelm your senses). If you want a different effect from oil, say to alleviate allergies, dispersing it into the air through an electric diffuser will allow you to breathe it in. Check out the handy “medicine cabinet” list of oils and their remedies in this American Chiropractic Association article.
What essentials oils are in your medicine cabinet?
Are you ready to join the craze yet? Essential oils are destined to become more than just a fad because they really work, as any Franklin, TN chiropractor would tell you. Not only that, but a little goes a long way: one drop can be all you need to solve a skin problem. And as long as you keep the lids tightly sealed and the bottles out of direct sunlight, they never expire. What’s not to love here?
Do you have a collection of essential oils you keep on hand to solve small health problems? Or have essential oils done something dramatic for your household? Tell us your essential oil story! Leave a comment below and we’ll respond to it.