Healing with Essential Oils

As you may have read about in this post, my husband and I are expecting our first baby due September 4th!

So with that news, I started to find even myself extra careful about what I put on and in my body.

As it is, I use natural and pure products but the SkinDeep app (a MUST download for every woman) really opened my eyes to the toxicity in some “natural” (and expensive) products as they relate to endocrine and reproductive side effects.

Since then I have been placing an even greater attention to my shampoos, body creams, toothpaste, essential oils and more. It’s actually TOUGH to find products that rank low in toxicity (I scoured the shelves at Whole Foods scanning hundreds of products), but I will be sharing a few of my favorites later this week in another blog post.

But today I wanted to talk about essential oils (I love my oils!). I have used essential oils for years and over the last 5 years, they have been growing in popularity. Part of me is super excited to see the masses turning to botanical based healing, using them for everything from migraines to lyme disease (I helped my sister with her lyme symptoms using a combination of oils- the results were amazing).

But a larger part of me sees that proper education of these oils has truly been lost along the way. Many of those recommending and selling oils today are simply not qualified or have not taken the dedicated time to truly educate themselves on the effects of specific oils – in particular as it relates to pregnant women and young children.

Let me be really clear. While I am in process of receiving a Graduate Certificate in Herbalism, I am not the be all end all expert. Herbs are also very different than oils – oils are much, much stronger. As an example 1 drop of therapeutic grade peppermint oil is equal to about 26 cups of peppermint tea. Yes, much stronger! But I am, learning. And like everything I bring to my community, I want to make sure the info I share is vetted and rooted in good science. When it comes to oils and hormones, I believe there is so much more to explore.

Oils can be absolutely amazing for women (and men) suffering from hormonal imbalances. I have worked with therapeutic oils for thyroid health, menopause, prostate issues in men, and much more. But the larger picture is that these oils need to be respected.  Some oils being used for other ailments are unknowingly estrogenic and affect the endocrine system in one way or another. This is important information to understand, in particular for women with hormonal imbalances.

As a thyroid advocate and holistic hormone coach – I deeply  care about what goes in and on our bodies. So over the last few years I have been carefully researching not only oils, but what company I wanted to associate myself with and why.

While there are a few good companies on the market, after searching far and wide, then visiting their “beyond organic” farms in Utah investigating the purity of product – Young Living oils offer (in my opinion) the most pure essential oils on the market today. This is the sole reason I chose to align myself with this brand and turn away the abundant free samples of oils being sent to me from other oil companies.

So what oils should we be aware of when it comes to hormone health and child safety? The list is rather comprehensive, and I am still in process of learning and compiling info. But one thing for certain, it is imperative when you buy oils or even think about joining an oil team that you feel confident you are getting properly educated, and not just joining a sales force.

I recommend a book to everyone on my team called Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Healthcare Practitioners . This is just one gem we use amongst many others.  I am an information seeker – always looking for more ways to understand these therapeutic and healing oils to fully maximize their efficacy.

A  few examples to share about the powerful effects of oils with consideration for hormones, pregnancy and children (this is a SMALL sample)

  • Myrtle oil is excellent for thyroid and hormone balancing as it is an adaptogenic oil (there are many ways to heal your thyroid symptoms with oils!)
  • Ylang Ylang is excellent for balancing the menstrual cycle, helping women to have a period when they are irregular and reducing PMS, howeever in pregnant women it can be a uterine stimulant (with potential effects that no expecting mom would want)

  • Peppermint oil is awesome for alertness or alleviating migraines, but should be avoided using altogether with small children
  • Eucalyptus Globulus should never (ever, ever) be used on children under 10 years old, but Eucalyptus E.smitthi is safe.

  • Lemon balm / Lemon  leaf / lemongrass (all very different oils) should never be used at avoided for all children under 2 years old
  • Rosemary and oregano oil should be avoided completely when pregnant.

The list of oils available for therapeutic use is long, and I am delighted to teach and see my clients and my team using these oils as personal care products, natural cleaning and household solutions, aromatherapy, and first aid remedies.

The point of sharing this post is to empower you to use and treat these therapeutic botanicals with great care –they are deeply healing and effective.

SOME FREE RESOURCES FOR YOU:

  • If you want to learn more about this important information and the basics of healing with essential oils, join my free monthly webinar series by signing up here.
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Fun germ

Here is one of my most favorite DYI essential oil anti-germ spray
(safe for kids 3 years and up)
In a small spray container combine, shake and spray as needed:

2 tsp of coconut oil
4 Tbsp witch hazel
25-30 drops sweet orange
15-20 drops clove
30 drops Orange oil
20 drops Clove
5-10 drops Thieves
15 drops Balsam Fir

If you are looking to purchase essential oils with my 24% retail discount, or if you are a practitioner looking to join my team and add oils to your existing practice go ahead and get started HERE.
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  • Thanks for a great post- I love the “anti- germ ” spray…I work in schools a bit and will take that a long ! I love using oils and these days lavender is my fave:)

  • Thanks for sharing Jennifer. I’ve also spent a lot of time learning about hormonal imbalances and I struggled with my own for years. Thank goodness for essential oils. I can’t imagine my life without them.

  • I completely agree that it is of vital importance to be well-educated and use caution when using essential oils. With that in mind, they can have amazing effects. We use them frequently for many different reasons. When used properly, they are so much safer than their synthetic counterparts, and in my opinion more effective. Great information!

  • Thanks for this great information Jennifer! I like your recommendations and look forward to trying more essential oils.

  • Kati

    This is great information on essential oils.
    I’ve been using them for the past several years and LOVE them!
    I think it is very important for people to learn what can/can’t be used on children!
    Thanks!

  • A certificate in herbalism, awesome! I don’t know too many of those. And I love that you will use it for thyroid and hormone health! Thanks for a simple post on essential oils!

  • My family has recently begun using essential oils (lavender, orange, lemon) and we LOVE them! My friend has ovarian cancer, and did research of essential oils to see if anything could help. It turns out that Frankincense has been used to help the immune system, so she has been taking capsules full of Frankincense each day.
    We will definitely try more of the suggestions you have listed. I can’t wait to try the Peppermint while going back to school and work! Thank you!

  • Sara

    Hi Jennifer, I’ve recently learned about the possible side effects of using Thieves (or Thieve-like) oil on children under 10. Just wondering what your thoughts are as I see you have a recipe above for kids 3+ which includes Thieves.

    http://www.learningabouteos.com/index.php/2014/01/28/age-appropriate-anti-germ-and-anti-congestion-recipes-and-suggestions-for-babies-and-children/

    PS – any baby news?!