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essential oil safety, aromatherapy www.anniesgoathill.com

Be careful…be very careful.

I am speaking out about formulas, recipes and instructions that I’ve seen in print – over the internet (Facebook, social media in general, soap making lists), and in books that I’ve downloaded, that have included very poor and/or misinformation about essential oil use.

So, today I am sharing a compilation of basic truths that I feel cannot be expressed enough.

Truths:

  • Essential oils are not safe for ingestion! Do not drink them, and do not include them in your food.
  • Essential oils cannot be derived from each and every species of plant. Other than citrus, a fruit scented liquid that is labeled essential oil is not so! A fruit scented oil (such as strawberry, blueberry, banana, apple, coconut, etc…) is a fragrance oil.
  • Essential oils should not be applied neat (oils must always be diluted – normally with a carrier oil – before applying to the skin).
  • Essential oils must be used with caution – and even more so with the elderly, people that are sick or weak, and children. Use extra caution, or avoid usage altogether, on infants and animals.
  • An absolute diluted in a carrier oil does not equate to a pure essential oil. (Example: Vanilla is in its best form as an absolute. It does not distill well as an essential oil. Vanilla absolute can be diluted with a carrier oil, but the result is NOT to be labeled as pure essential oil). 
  • Any book that teaches essential oil blending, aromatherapy, or the formulating of products that contain essential oils, should include safe usage instructions and warnings.
  • Your nose knows! When an aromatherapist is in training, oils are studied by the book (chemistry make up and how the oil is derived), and through scent. The trained nose becomes familiar with good oils (oils that have not been adulterated). Trust your nose! If you suspect that an oil is not as labeled, you are more than likely correct. Do not use an oil that smells “off”.

Please help protect the freedom we have to use these oils. Misuse and misinformation will speed the boat up that could carry regulation to our doors, or worse, someone could die or become very sick. Stop the dreaded words, “It is natural, so what can it hurt?” It can hurt much…natural does not equate to safe or non-toxic.

 

My background: I am a base level aromatherapist. I took a course through a well-known school, completed projects with actual people, made formulas and products, took a detailed final exam, and received a certificate. Even at that, this does not make me an expert. I have a good understanding of the basics of aromatherapy – safety, usage and chemistry.

Annie’s Goat Hill, Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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Arnica (Arnica montana) is a perennial herb that is often an ingredient used (diluted) in liniments, ointments, and other preparations for strains, sprains, and bruises.

I believe in the the use of medicinal plant materials, the practice of aromatherapy, but only with education and caution.

Arnica is a poison when eaten, and can cause irritation when applied to the skin.

I suffered from an ankle sprain three weeks ago. My treatments so far have included: ice packs applied to various parts of my foot 20 minutes each hour (during the first week), soaks in Epsom salts and warm water, and raising of the foot above heart level at least twice a day. And, each day I have taken anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medications, such as Ibuprofen.

The bruising continues, and so does the pain. Apparently it takes much longer for deep tears and bruising to heal, especially when it involves ligaments that are torn in areas above the ankle.

Today, I began using my own dilution of arnica cream, about 2 ounces of cream, 7 drops of Arnica Flower ExCO2 extract. I lightly applied the cream to the bruised and sore areas of my leg, foot, and ankle. After two treatments I am feeling a noticeable difference.

Arnica treatments are not for everyone, but in my case, it seems to be helping. It isn’t the first time I have had better results from plant-based materials.

Mary

www.anniesgoathill.com

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Content on this site is for reference purposes only. It is not intended as a substitution for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare professional. Annie’s Goat Hill products – including written materials – are not intended for the treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease or health condition. Do not rely solely on the information provided. Always read labels, warnings, and directions before using a product.

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I have been temendously busy with the goats, the kidding season, and with helping my husband fire up his new business.  Yes, the blessing has arrived after a long 2 1/2 years, he is working! And he is happy. 

In the meantime, I also completed a foundation level aromatherapy course. 

I learned a great deal about essential oils including safety, blending, and aromatherapy benefits.

Purchasing essential oils has taken on a whole new meaning.  I look at the Latin name.  I look for purity (no adulterations).  I note where the crop was harvested, and the method used to create the essential oil (or absolute)

I have been studying and testing natural perfumes. 

It is hard work, believe me.  I love the learning.  Finding the time to study, and it will continue, is difficult.  I will always read new materials, and another course is going to follow.

I am going to apply what I have learned not only to my products, but also to my home, health and even to my animals.

My small garden (for now) will be filled with additional herbs and flowers that I can use in products.

I am hoping to receive my first certificate within 2 weeks, if I passed the exam and did well on the projects. 

I am excited, and I am very thankful!

Have you ever taken on something new and find yourself seeing things in a different light? How about the rush of enthusiasm?

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