Do you believe that you can achieve and maintain good health by using alternative natural health care? Basically, natural health care or also called alternative medicine have been used since the old times. Alternative medicine or natural health care is any healing practice used in place of conventional medicine. Natural health remedies are a better way to relax and reduce stress and anxiety.
These days there are still a lot of people around the world using natural or alternative health care products and most products work even better than those commercialized products. Even some doctors are recommending these types of products to patients who prefer non-invasive methods of healing or are no longer using conventional medicine. There are different approaches to natural health care and it actually depends on your ailment.
Here are some of the natural health care practices that you can benefit from to achieve good health:
Herbal medicines- Using of herbs can treat various health problems like diabetes, skin diseases etc. is Herbal medicines also help you lose weight naturally and designed to restore your body balance and strengthen the immune system.
Aromatherapy refers to use of plant materials or essential oils to cure such diseases. Essential oils and other aromatic compounds are for the purpose of improving a person’s mood and health. Essential oils are added to oil base which is applied to the body for massaging. Basically the skin absorbs it to stimulate the circulatory system.
Some essential oils like tea tree have anti-microbial effects and may be useful for treatment of infectious diseases.
Acupuncture-Basically when we hear that word, you will think about needles, right? Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting needles into various parts of the body to relieve pain and gives therapeutic purposes. Acupuncture is a form of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine and is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions.
Yoga is one way of feeling relaxed and calm. It regulates your body parts and allows your mind to relax and free from stressful problems. This is one way to achieve a natural health as it offers different physiological benefits such as respiratory rate and blood pressure decreases. It is also an aid for anxiety and depression.
Natural health care is the best health care practice as it helps you get rid of your health problems naturally, free from any harmful chemicals. This is more preferred rather than the conventional medicines because it does not have any side effects that would affect our health in the long run. This may even be more effective than any other medicines available.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and other natural aromatic compounds from plants to affect one’s mental or physical health. Essential oils, are known as hydrophobic i.e. non-water mixing or volatile i.e. air mixing. Essential oils are sometimes referred to as an “oil of” a plant e.g. oil of lavender. Essential oils are referred to as “essential” because they are the perceived “essence” of a plant..
Essential oils and other elements used in aromatherapy are used for relieving a variety of discomfort from indigestion to headaches. Aromatherapy is used to alter mood, inspire confidence, ease depression, and increase energy. In many cultures essential oils are used for their antiseptic value to treat infection. In France, essential oils viewed and considered in a similar way prescription drugs are in the United States. Essential oil treatments can be delivered in many different ways- direct inhalation of vapors, inhalation of steam from a vaporizer, through massage, or through therapeutic baths. It is important to note, however, that essential oils are diluted in carrier oils (neutral, odorless oils) before being used on skin. Essential oils can be used singly or in combinations with other essential oils.
Other products used in Aromatherapy besides essential oils include absolutes, phytoncides, and infusions. Absolutes are essentially purer forms of essential oils that have had their lighter, less dense components extracted with ethanol. Phytoncides are natural antimicrobial liquids used by many plants to protect themselves from rotting or being eaten by insects and animals. Infusions are oils or other liquids that have been infused with herbs, flowers, or berries.
One of the more popular and widely used aromas is lavender. Lavender grows well in rocky environments that have good sunlight. Lavender has woody branches and green leaf-like shoots resembling rods. The grayish green leaves are oblong and in curled spiral patterns. Lavender oil is taken from the flowers of the plant with steam distillation. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, and nutmeg. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourris. . Lavender’s Latin name Lavare, means “to wash”. Lavender essential oil has a calming scent and helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. Lavender aroma eases nervous exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity. Lavender essential oil induces sleep and is recommended for insomnia. Lavender essential oil helps ease pains caused by sore muscles, tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. Massage with lavender oil helps relieve pain in the joints. Lavender oil helps in restoring hormonal balance and reduces inflammation of the urinary bladder. Lavender oil is often helpful for respiratory problems including throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. The oil is either used in the form of vapor or applied on the skin of neck, chest and back. It is also added in many vaporizers and inhalers used for cold and coughs.
Lavender oil helps skin because of its antiseptic and antifungal properties. Lavender oil is used for various skin disorders e.g. acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburn.. Lavender oil is added to chamomile to treat eczema. Lavender essential oil is useful on lice and lice eggs or nits in hair. Lavender essential oil is also good for improving blood circulation by lowering blood pressure and hypertension. Lavender oil for digestion increases the mobility of the intestines increases production of gastric juices and bile and so eases indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea. Lavender oil also helps improve the immune system. Lavender can be used as an insect repellent for mosquitoes and helps heal insect bites. As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breast feeding women, people with diabetic concerns or people with unusually sensitive skin should avoid using lavender essential oil.
The health benefits of aromatherapy has been underestimated. Aromatherapy has often been considered to be only a way to make “everything smell nice”. The health benefits of aromatherapy are much more powerful and effective than is commonly perceived or known by most people. Aromatherapy is a deeply beneficial natural healing modality for enhancing emotional balance and physical health.
When I first experienced therapeutic grade essential oils eleven years ago, I had this self-centered fleeting thought…”Oh my! These were made for me!”
Until then I was somewhat “unimpressed” with my experiences with “aromatherapy”.
I studied a few “aromatherapy” courses as part of my holistic nursing education and, yes, I had my little bottle of lavender in my medicine cabinet.
Other than sprinkling it on my pillow or dripping it into my bathtub, I never learned much else to do with lavender, and I was warned not to put it on my body without diluting it with four times the amount of massage oil. Kind of scared me.
But I didn’t want to put it on my body.
It smelled somewhat perfumey and since I am environmentally and energetically sensitive, the last thing I wanted to do was to put a substance on my body that has synthetic chemicals in it, even if it did have a pleasant scent.
It wasn’t until I learned about “therapeutic grade essential oils” when I was introduced to Young Living that I was able to have a true appreciation for what essential oils can do for us.
After studying with Gary Young and learning that there are differing models and philosophies of use with essential oils, I became aware that in my prior education I had been oriented to “aromatherapy” under the English Model. The English Model often use perfume grade oils and they emphasize that all essential oils must be diluted before they are put on the body.
And I agree with that – if you are using a perfume grade oil you would want to dilute it to put it on the body – if you want to put it on the body at all…I don’t.
(It is important to note here that there are times when you would want to dilute a therapeutic grade oil as well, especially when you are using a hot oil.)
I felt so much better knowing that there were significant differences in the quality and grades of essential oils!
It cleared up much of my confusion.
When I started to use “therapeutic grade oils” I had very positive experiences right away. I just felt better, had more clear thinking, could breathe better, and they didn’t bother my sensitivities.
So if you find yourself reading or hearing information about essential oils that is conflicting and contradictory, read about the different models of aromatherapy.
Here are a few great resources for you to learn more about the different models of “aromatherapy”:
– The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David Stewart PhD – page 3
–Healing Oils, Healing Hands by Linda L. Smith – pages 47 – 52
Personally, I embrace the French model, which recognizes the use of essential oils for healing and medicinal purposes. This model dictates that the highest-grade essential oils be used. It is why I choose to use the Young Living line of oils.
It is also why I choose to use the words “therapeutic use of essential oils” instead of “aromatherapy” when I speak about my own personal use of essential oils.
The sensitive person can benefit greatly from the therapeutic use of essential oils.
Here are some reasons why:
–Some people are more sensitive than others because toxins and heavy metals burden their bodies.
Therapeutic oils detoxify and clean up their body burden in the body and help make them less sensitive to environmental toxins.
–Sensitive people can often pick up subtle energies in their environment because they have a “high vibration”.
Therapeutic oils have high vibrations as well, so the sensitive person feels very comfortable using the oils.
–Therapeutic oils can also protect the energy fields of sensitive people helping them to feel less vulnerable to their environment and other people.
Next week my family from the West Coast is coming for a visit and I am thrilled.
I always like to have little welcome gifts when people visit me – something practical for them to use while they are here and something they can use at home.
The three kids (all under age 12) are getting personalized bags that I ordered from Lillian Vernon so they can easily schlep their stuff between family homes here in New Jersey.
And for the adults I thought I would make them each a Signature Essential Oils Spritz with their names on the bottle. It will be at tier bedside in my guest rooms, and they can take it with them on their visit to the Jersey Shore – and then home if it lasts that long!
Kristen is a Geranium Gal…….
David is a Man of Valor…
Here is how I’m making these Signature Spritz’s….(I’m calling them “Body Spray’s” so they know they can spray all over their body – and these are great in the summer time!):
* A small mister bottle
* 4 drops of essential oils (Geranium for Kristen)
* 4 oz of distilled water
–Just fill the mister bottle starting with 4 drops of essential oils.
–Shake well before use
For David – I think he’ll want to use this as an aftershave so I’ll use some refreshing witch hazel in his spritz:
* 1 tablespoon witch hazel
* 4 drops of essential oils (Valor for David)
* 6 oz. of distilled water
Both of these will go in a pretty cobalt blue spray bottle ordered from Abundant Health.
And of course, when they want to know how to get more – I send them home with a Young Living catalog!!!