If you pay attention to food trends, or watch hours of cooking shows, you might get the idea that lemons were extinct – or that they’re so passé that only grandmothers use them.
Lavender soap. Lavender perfume. Lavender honey. Lavender potpourri. Lavender lotions and body scrub. Lavender lamb chops. Lavender laundry softener. Lavender candles. Lavender bubble bath. Lavender-infused sugar and candies.
Who doesn’t love peppermint?
Stop by any well-stocked natural foods outlet that sells essential oils, or visit the website of a producer which prides itself on variety, and you may see nearly 100 different essential oils for sale.
Lavender oil? Peppermint oil? Eucalyptus? Lemon? Sweet orange? There’s no mystery there. Even your pre-schoolers could guess where those essential oils (EOs) are sourced from.
But tea tree oil? What in the world is tea tree? Is it really even a tree?
A small appliance always looks great when it’s on display at a store or on Amazon. Gleaming, enticing, perfect. You just can’t wait to take it home or have it arrive on your doorstep.
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years.
- A bee stings you, or you get a splinter in your finger. After removing the stinger or splinter, you put ice on the area to reduce the inflammation.
- You wake up with a sore throat. You head to the kitchen for some tea with honey and a pain reliever like ibuprofen, to ease the inflammation.
- You turn your ankle while running. You come home, put your leg up, and use an ice pack to reduce the swelling and inflammation.
Not too long ago, there were only two real choices to treat pain: over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or ibuprofen, or prescription medications. Any sort of holistic or naturopathic alternatives were quickly dismissed as quackery by the medical establishment and most “thinking” Americans.
Have you ever lit a candle to help you relax – so the pleasant scent can let you to drift into a restful sleep?
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