Natural Health – Essential Oils For the Sensitive Person

When I first experienced therapeutic grade essential oils eleven years ago, I had this self-centered fleeting thought…”Oh my! These were made for me!”

Until then I was somewhat “unimpressed” with my experiences with “aromatherapy”.

I studied a few “aromatherapy” courses as part of my holistic nursing education and, yes, I had my little bottle of lavender in my medicine cabinet.

Other than sprinkling it on my pillow or dripping it into my bathtub, I never learned much else to do with lavender, and I was warned not to put it on my body without diluting it with four times the amount of massage oil. Kind of scared me.

But I didn’t want to put it on my body.

It smelled somewhat perfumey and since I am environmentally and energetically sensitive, the last thing I wanted to do was to put a substance on my body that has synthetic chemicals in it, even if it did have a pleasant scent.

It wasn’t until I learned about “therapeutic grade essential oils” when I was introduced to Young Living that I was able to have a true appreciation for what essential oils can do for us.

After studying with Gary Young and learning that there are differing models and philosophies of use with essential oils, I became aware that in my prior education I had been oriented to “aromatherapy” under the English Model. The English Model often use perfume grade oils and they emphasize that all essential oils must be diluted before they are put on the body.

And I agree with that – if you are using a perfume grade oil you would want to dilute it to put it on the body – if you want to put it on the body at all…I don’t.

(It is important to note here that there are times when you would want to dilute a therapeutic grade oil as well, especially when you are using a hot oil.)

I felt so much better knowing that there were significant differences in the quality and grades of essential oils!

It cleared up much of my confusion.

When I started to use “therapeutic grade oils” I had very positive experiences right away. I just felt better, had more clear thinking, could breathe better, and they didn’t bother my sensitivities.

So if you find yourself reading or hearing information about essential oils that is conflicting and contradictory, read about the different models of aromatherapy.

Here are a few great resources for you to learn more about the different models of “aromatherapy”:

— The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David Stewart PhD – page 3

–Healing Oils, Healing Hands by Linda L. Smith – pages 47 – 52

Personally, I embrace the French model, which recognizes the use of essential oils for healing and medicinal purposes. This model dictates that the highest-grade essential oils be used. It is why I choose to use the Young Living line of oils.

It is also why I choose to use the words “therapeutic use of essential oils” instead of “aromatherapy” when I speak about my own personal use of essential oils.

The sensitive person can benefit greatly from the therapeutic use of essential oils.

Here are some reasons why:

–Some people are more sensitive than others because toxins and heavy metals burden their bodies.

Therapeutic oils detoxify and clean up their body burden in the body and help make them less sensitive to environmental toxins.

–Sensitive people can often pick up subtle energies in their environment because they have a “high vibration”.

Therapeutic oils have high vibrations as well, so the sensitive person feels very comfortable using the oils.

–Therapeutic oils can also protect the energy fields of sensitive people helping them to feel less vulnerable to their environment and other people.

–Sensitive people can use help grounding, and many of the therapeutic grade oils are helpful in grounding (specifically Valor, and many of the evergreens).

Organic Gardens – Plant Health Essentials

Removing pests from your organic garden may not eliminate all your problems because your plants are susceptible to a wide-range of common plant diseases. This can cause some headaches but there are many easy and effective solutions to plant diseases. Here we shall cover the main symptoms and some of the controls available to the organic gardener.

Now, the thing about plant diseases is that some of the symptoms look a lot like the signs of a pest control problem. For example, you might notice:

• Yellow or brown leaves.

• Wilted or curled leaves, some of which may fall off the plant.

• Spots (such as blight spots) on the leaves or other parts of the plant.

• Malformed leaves.

• Plants with stunted growth.

• Fruit or vegetable rot.

• Lack of flowers, blooms, vegetables or fruits.

• Discolored or stunted blooms, vegetables or fruits.

• Spores on the plant, especially on the leaves. These spores may be a variety of colors, although they’re commonly brown or black.

• Abnormal coloring (such as light and dark spots on the leaves or elsewhere on the plant).

• Splotches of white or gray mildew on the plant (AKA powdery mildew).

• Veining, which is where the plant looks abnormal right along the veins in the leaves.

Most of the above symptoms can indicate a variety of diseases or even pest damage. For example, a plant with brown leaves may have a problem at the root. Without digging up the plant, it’s hard to diagnose whether you have a problem with nematodes or with root rot. A dog or a cat scraping the young roots can cause the same symptoms.

Don’t panic! If for example you are growing a particular variety of potato and the leaves look to be in poor condition, check to crop because poor leafing does not always indicate a problem. If the crop is good does it really matter what the leaves look like so long as they are doing their job? A bit of experimentation and experience will help you diagnose any problems quickly and treat your plants. Here’s how:

• Research your plant species so that you know what a healthy plant looks like. You see, some gardeners assume they have a pest or disease problem when the leaves on a plant change color. That’s often true. But there are many plants, trees and shrubs whose healthy leaves naturally turn colors.

• Eliminate pests by appropriate means. If you eliminate pests and you still have a problem, you need to start checking which specific diseases most commonly affect the type of plants you’re growing.

TIP: Alternatively, you can treat a plant for disease first and then eliminate pests. Either way works. It’s this type of experimenting that will help you discover what’s causing your plant problems – and you’ll know better in the future why similar plants are unhealthy.

• Experiment. Don’t wildly treat your plants for every type of disease and pest at once. Instead, treat for one thing at a time, which will help you determine the true cause of your plant’s ill-health.

• Consider your environment. Whether you’re dealing with a certain type of pest or a certain type of diseases depends, in part, on where you live in the world. For example, you might be dealing with root rot if you live in a humid, moist place.

• Get your plants health tested. If you’re not having any luck discovering through experimentation what’s causing the problem, then you may consider getting your plants tested. If you live in the U.S., contact the agriculture extension office to inquire about testing.

So whatever disease your organically grown plants contract; there is an answer, sometimes a difficult answer but no-one said it was trouble-free.