Uses for essential oils

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Junior Hannah Noveroske uses the Lavender essential oil to sleep.

Emily Gushrowski, Feature Writer

Essential oils offer a variety of ways to enhance the emotional and physical health for millions every day. Essential oils are natural oils typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is removed from.  After they are extracted from plants, they are carefully put together to create sources that people can turn to for aid during health barriers.  

Essential oils can be used in moments of daily routine to promote a good mental state.  The oils–Joy, Lavender, Orange, Peace and Calming, Peppermint, Jasmine, and Stress Away– can be enjoyed in baths, massages, inhalations, and topical applications.  Using the peppermint oil topically after a tough day gives the body a boost of energy and a sense of motivation.  It can also be used in a sport massage to soothe aching muscles and pains.  Lavender allows the body to relax and can be used as a sleeping aid.  One drop of Stress Away can be simply rubbed on one’s wrists and inhaled deeply to relieve stress prevent a stress headache.

Junior Chris French models the Lemon essential oil.

The average person has a poor diet, lacks exercise, and experiences an overly amount of environmental toxins that results in a weakened immune system.  Essential oils filled with nutrients and antioxidants help the body repair itself and fight off infections naturally.  The Thieves Young Living essential oil is a combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary that fight against germs to prevent the body from getting sick.  

Although essential oils have been proven to be a health aid, there are some people who do not believe in the “powers” that they demonstrate.  The somewhat pricey cost of an essential oil may cause a person to stick with synthetic medicine in a time of pain rather than to try natural remedies.  

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