Happy Malama Monday!
Today I wanted to go over three reasons that people claim you should not use essential oils for health care. I know, right?!!? Crazy.
Number 1: “Plants aren’t medicine.”
I’ve heard this statement and seen it posted on social media outlets. Did you know that many of the over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications today have been modelled after how plants perform in nature? I believe that God created an incredible planet filled with the solutions to many of our current health concerns. “Natural products (secondary metabolites) have been the most successful source of potential drug leads”. While plants have long been the inspiration for pharmaceuticals, we as a society seem to have lost the connection with the plant source itself. Big Pharma cannot patent nature, so the marketing for plants as medicine is nonexistent. We have been fed the deception that nature is weak and pharmaceuticals are the answer (and paid for by your insurance).
Some of you currently agree with this claim that “plants aren’t medicine.” I’m here to encourage you that nature is alive and well. Plants are equipped with a treasure trove of therapeutic benefits. There are various herbal, plant-based options to address your wellness goals. Our family uses essential oils on a daily basis. Essential oils are the volatile aromatic compounds found in bark, seeds, roots, flowers, peel, and other parts of the plant. I invite you to learn more about how we use them for:
promoting calm and relaxation in the home
aiding in restful sleep (yes, we have two children that have slept through the night since they were infants)
promoting healthy digestion
helping to ease anxious feelings
supporting healthy cellular function
AND SO MUCH MORE!
We vehemently disagree that these plant-based remedies cannot be used for healthcare. We prove they CAN be every single day.
Number 2: “There is no evidence to support the use of essential oils for therapeutic use.”
Did you know that there are over 20,000 peer-reviewed published research journal articles outlining the efficacy of essential oils? I had no idea until a couple years ago. Do a basic PubMed search and you will find a raft of studies. If you’re free today, you can also dive more into the evidence with myself and Dr. Matthew Savage (Assistant Professor of Health Communication) for a live webinar @ 3pm Hawai’i time. Here is the link for the event:
Number 3: “You can’t take essential oils internally - they are not safe.”
Did you know that you and your kids already consume essential oils? Anything tasting like mint, citrus, vanilla is most likely an essential oil from plant product. Essential oils are on the FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) List for oral consumption.
When you’re considering the use of essential oils for therapeutic use (to address health concerns and achieve your wellness goals), you need to use the highest quality essential oils. The company I partner with is the most tested and most trusted essential oil company in the world. We do take the oils internally. I feel confident that the vast and growing evidence base for internal use provides a legitimate platform for safe usage in our bodies.
When taking oils internally, you can either put one drop under your tongue (sublingually) for fast absorption or add a drop to your drinking water. For oils that are hotter (like oregano), you would need to have empty veggie capsules that you can put the essential oil in and swallow with water.
Some of the benefits we enjoy from internal use include:
Naturally cleansing the body
Aiding in digestion
Assisting with seasonal respiratory discomfort
Help in reducing bloating and gas
Supporting healthy metabolism
Supporting healthy cellular function
Plus, the oils can be a delicious addition to your favorite recipes like peppermint bliss balls, lavender lemonade, wild orange in greek yogurt, cilantro + lime in guacamole.
There you have it. Three reasons people claim you shouldn't use essential oils for health care. I would love to connect with you. You're welcome to book a wellness consultation with me anytime or check out my upcoming webinars and classes on O'ahu.