What does the term “medicine” mean to you? Is it the cold medicine that you begrudgingly take when your cold turns you into a sneezing, snotty mess? Is it the insulin you take to keep diabetes under control or the cream to soothe your psoriasis? Maybe it is the prescription your doctor ordered to keep your troublesome cholesterol low or blood pressure balanced? You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in this modern age who has never taken some sort of medicine.
The problem is, many mainstream medications create their own side effects that are just as unpleasant as the original problem. If you’ve ever read the fine print on prescription labels or listened to the fast-talking commercial announcer at the very end of an advertisement, you’ll know just how many terrible impacts medication can have on the body. Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, and skin reactions don’t exactly sound like a party, let alone the cancers and disorders that have come to the public’s attention through increasingly common malpractice lawsuits.
But we’ve become reliant on these medications! It’s a societal frame of mind. We are taught that illness is best treated with medicines purchased at the pharmacy. Fortunately, essential oils offer an alternative to this rat wheel; they are nature’s medicine that offer all of the health benefits without any of the side effects. So why won’t your doctor tell you to grab Geranium oil from your local drugstore instead of a chemical-laden medication? That answer requires a quick delve into history.
Pharmaceuticals vs. Holistic Medicine
Ancient medicine was based on the belief that healing is most effective when the whole person, rather than one specific illness or body part, is taken into consideration. As Socrates stated, holistic health isn’t just an absence of illness, but a complete state of balance for the body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda of India are the two most well understood ancient holistic health traditions. They both harnessed nature’s healing power in order to heal the body as an interconnected system.
However, all of this changed with the scientific revolution of the 19th century as physicians discovered germs and their ability to cause disease. Health became viewed as a game of symptoms and syndromes rather than a lifestyle in which the patient should participate. The limitations of this system didn’t become clear for nearly a century, as which point holistic health began to pop up as a viable alternative.
In today’s world, pollutants and chemicals in our food and environment, paired with often poor diet and exercise habits, are medically afflicting more and more people. While prescription medications, which are now more prevalent than ever before, can most certainly work wonders on issues and diseases that were previously untreatable, pharmaceuticals are also contributing to addictions and nasty side effects that hurt health more than they improve it.
The Essential Oil Solution
Essential oils are literally nature’s medicine. They occur naturally, without human intervention, and are known to heal nearly every medical malady out there. Though the extensive use of pharmaceuticals is undeniable, essential oils are enjoying a renaissance as more and more people seek alternative solutions to chronic physical and emotional problems.
These volatile liquids are distilled from different parts of plants and actually heal the body at the cellular level. Essential oils are so potent that one batch of oil can equal the power of hundreds of pounds of its flower or leaf. Every oil serves different purposes, and oils work even more impressively when blended together.
If you want to reap the health benefits of essential oils, aromatherapy and diluted topical application both offer countless remedies for common and unique health conditions.
Lavender, for example, is a calming oil that can prevent and reduce anxiety, soothe the skin, and aid the sleep cycle. Peppermint, meanwhile, is loved for its ability to increase the blood’s oxygen level, which improves focus. Combined with rosemary, peppermint can improve memory and retention. Many people also utilize peppermint oil to soothe troubled digestive systems. Lemon is nature’s antibacterial cleanser, so it can treat minor cuts and wounds, brighten dull skin, and even boost immunity. Frankincense is even known to kill cancer cells! Referred to as the “king of all oils”, it can be blended with just about any other oil to help them work at deeper levels and provide more thorough healing.
The list goes on and on! Cinnamon, grapefruit, tea tree, geranium, eucalyptus, orange, and so many more oils can completely transform your health. The most common uses of essential oils include the following:
- Digestive tract and immunity support
- Family first aid
- Weight management and detoxification
- Household cleaning
- Personal hygiene
- Seasonal change adjustment
- Muscle pain reduction
- Emotional wellbeing
- Sleep and relaxation aid
Rather than masking the symptoms of a problem, essential oils work to resolve the root of the problem so that it no longer exists. Nature knows what it’s doing, and essential oils are the proof!