Using Essential Oils on the Homestead

| 12/9/2015 10:16:00 AM

Blue Jean MamaHomesteaders are self-reliant individuals who are willing to work hard to provide a family centered life with natural and wholesome ways of living. Using essential oils on the homestead is an additional way to provide purity and to eliminate chemicals from invading our bodies and environment.

Using Essential Oils on the Homestead

Essential oils can provide a safe and effective way to promote wellness. Often, homesteaders do not live in areas that have medical clinics in the immediate area. It becomes incumbent on the family to use home remedies to treat minor problems that confront the members of the family. One of these options, which has historically been used throughout human history, is the use of plants. Essential oils are produced from various parts of the plant. The essential oils are obtained by various methods such as distillation, pressing, solvent extraction, and CO2 extraction with distillation being the most common. This process takes a great deal of plant matter to produce a very potent essential oil. Thousands of years ago, plants and trees provided the remedies to promote and maintain health. Our ancestors did not have access to the distillation process as we know today, but, they were able to utilize the plants by making plant infusions. These infusions were considered extremely valuable. With the advances in ways to produce even more potent plant essences known as essential oils, the homesteader can add a natural health element.

There is a fair amount of research now being done to show how the plant kingdom can and does promote health. This has always been known but plant based treatments cannot be patented and therefore are not high on the list for mass production by the chemical and pharmaceutical companies. It has become a matter of taking the plant world’s benefits into an individual’s own hands to implement their own homemade remedies. This is similar to what our forefathers did. A major upside to this is we now have much information from holistic type research and personal success to aid in the use of essential oils for our own wellness.

Let’s look at some of the essential oils that shows promise for the homestead.

• "Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites. Research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness." - Medical News Today
• Peppermint oil has historically been used for fever, digestion, congestion, and pain. ALWAYS dilute and do not use on children under 5.
• Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil is historically known for its use to help with infections. It has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and is great to use in cleaning.<
• Lemon oil is often used to aid in digestion and to deodorize and disinfect the air. It is a great degreaser and may help with nausea especially when combined with peppermint. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

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