Essential Oils: Q and A

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Questions and Answers about Essential Oils:

I was delighted to discover on your website that you’re an essential oil practitioner because I have a couple of questions. 🙂  How many times must one apply an essential oil before experiencing its affect?

It varies – there is generally an immediate effect, especially on the emotional level (i.e. Peace and Calming can immediately help to relieve tension and stress just by breathing it.) For longer-standing issues, it can take longer to have an effect, and for acute issues it can work right away (like Purification on a bug bite for example, and peppermint can often relieve a headache quickly)

 Also, I find that I don’t always enjoy the scent of an essential oil prescribed for a symptom that I’m experiencing.  Should I just follow my nose?

I’d talk to whoever has prescribed it first.  And, it makes sense that you might not enjoy the scent of one that is actually needed. Funny, but we don’t always like/enjoy what is needed for healing and transformation! If it’s not specified where on your body to place it, one way to deal with this is to put it on the bottoms of your feet. An excellent way to absorb the benefits, without needing to smell it.

  For years I’ve found myself standing in front of the essential oils at Sprouts and Whole Foods but, not sure what to do with them.

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a few of my favorite Essential Oils!

You might want to take a class (a lot of people who sell Young Living or doTerra offer free classes to introduce people to their products, and there are reputable aromatherapy classes online if you’re interested in learning more), or get a book or two to start.  If you start looking at bookstores or online, you’ll find dozens of great essential oils books, both reference books and more in depth books about aromatherapy.  I also have a blog post with some basics to help you get started, here.

That said, I do own a few bottles of essential oils and I use two of them (lavender and orange) together for a bath soak.  The other oil I have is grapefruit, I just LOVE this fresh scent!  Is it okay to just wear?

Lavender is fine to wear – safe for skin even for children. Citrus oils need caution on the skin. They can cause a sensitivity/reaction, so you can either dilute with some  vegetable oil, like almond or jojoba oil, or diffuse in a room, which is very beneficial as well. If you’re fine with it in your bath, it’s probably spread out on the water enough to be fine. Water doesn’t dilute EOs though, only regular oils, like almond, olive, coconut oils do. If you need to remove an EO, use a vegetable oil. Citrus are generally uplifting and wonderful to use in your home.

  And, can I apply it anywhere on my body or, must it be worn on a certain part(s) of the body?

If it’s safe for the skin, which most EOs are, it’s fine to put anywhere (not eyes or other tender skin), and remember a drop goes a long way! You can always dilute with a vegetable oil if you’re not sure, and watch for any reaction. There are a few (bergamot for one) that create sun sensitivity, so you need to be sure to put those somewhere covered.

I hope this is helpful. Please write me if you have other questions about essential oils, Reiki, or any other healing modalities that you are curious about, and I’ll do my best to answer!

Incorporating Young Living Essential Oils with Energy Healing

Incorporating Essential Oils with Energy Healing

I use essential oils because they work synergistically with the Reiki energies, on all levels, body, mind, heart and spirit.  There are some Young Living therapeutic oil blends  I use on my hands while treating almost everyone, such as:

  • Valor: I begin and end with this one (on myself in my morning ritual as well!) on the head, because it helps to balance the body, the right and left hemispheres of the brain, the masculine and feminine aspects of ourselves; it helps to ground and center, anchoring us to the earth plane, providing a foundation so we can soar.
  • White Angelica: I almost always use this next, on the shoulders and over the entire aura (outer energy field of the body), as it’s excellent for providing support and protection from the unseen realms, the angelic forces, and our guiding spirits and animal and plant allies.  It helps to clear and protect the aura of anything that will no longer serve.

There are several other Young Living blends that I use based on my intuition combined with the information presented by the client when we talk, including:

  • Peace and Calming: this is excellent for anyone who is stressed, dealing with anxiety, and for most of us who are so busy, moving and thinking quickly most of our waking hours.  It helps the nervous system to relax and unwind, and allows the mind to become more quiet.
  • Release: I use this for both physical and emotional release.  It is helpful when someone is holding on to emotions, afraid or unable to access them or let them be expressed and released; it is also wonderful for dealing with physical tension, tightness and stress.
  • Harmony: this is excellent for balancing the chakras, bringing all the systems of the body and mind into perfect harmony, and helping the spirit body to integrate and absorb all that is being offered energetically.
  • Forgiveness:  works extremely well for issues of guilt, judgement, long-standing resentments and anger toward someone or something that’s happened in the past. Even with our best intentions, it is not always possible to move into a state of forgiveness, and this blend helps us heal in other realms, in ways we cannot easily do alone.  Transcending the anger and hurt and moving into forgiveness is a major piece of healing the whole being.
  • SARA: this oil blend is helpful when there has been childhood trauma, often sexual or physical trauma, creating energetic blocks that may be contributing to pain and illness.  It gently helps to release and heal those past hurts, so that we can move forward toward acceptance, forgiveness and wholeness.
  • Joy: supports anyone in moving into greater states of joy and love, and can be especially helpful for those dealing with grief, anxiety and depression.

I’d love to hear if you have specific issues that you’d like to explore healing with essential oils. Let me know if I can answer questions or support you in any way!

To order Young Living Essential Oils, sign up to become a member here, and use my member number 553228.

Essential Oil Resources for Beginners

Beginning with Essential Oils

I’m passionate about essential oils for myself and for my clients – they augment the Reiki energy healing extremely well, and support us in our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.  In just the past week I’ve been asked three times to share some resources I use for Essential Oils – from people wanting to add them to their healing practices:  a child psychiatrist, a Reiki practitioner specializing in Elder Care, and a therapist working in a stressful workplace counseling people in crisis, as well as clients wanting to use them for themselves.  I realized many have these same questions, so I’m sharing some of my personal recommendations here for books I love, brands of essential oils I use, and how I use EO’s on myself and clients.  Please let me know in the comments below or by email if you have specific questions and I’ll try to help.  If you’d like to know more about how I use essential oils in my Reiki Healing sessions, you can read more here.

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Rain Lilies in bloom in Tucson

Books

I have a few books I love.  My favorite one that is always close at hand is  the “Reference Guide for Essential Oils” (12th Edition) by Connie and Alan Higley, around $30. It is full of easily accessible information, organized by issue/symptoms/illness, as well as single oil information, and all the Young Living blends, which I have had excellent results with.
You can find it here: Abundant Health for You, along with a great selection of books and other EO related products.

Another similar one is called “Essential Oils Desk Reference”, by Essential Science Publishing. It is also aimed at buyers of Young Living oils, and has a lot of the science and research on EO’s as well.  I don’t find it as useful and accessible as the Reference Guide, above, but it is very thorough!

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