We are all aware of Susun's stance on Eo's even though she does mention and sometimes even suggest using them (even in her latest book 'Down There" she offers use and dosage, but never internal use!)
http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/J ... oddess.htm
http://www.susunweed.com/herbal_ezine/M ... health.htm
Essential oils are concentrated oils obtained from aromatic plants by steam distillation or with chemical solvents. They are capable of killing normal as well as abnormal cells, and severely disrupting liver and kidney functioning. Essential oils are quite different from infused oils (which are made by steeping fresh plants in an edible oil). Essential oils can cause poisoning; infused oils cannot. Essential oils can’t be made at home; infused oils can. Essential oils can be costly (up to $300 per ounce); infused oils are reasonably priced (generally under $10 per ounce). Essential oils can irritate tender skin; infused oils rarely do. Essential oils are used in small amounts; infused oils are used lavishly.
Caution: Test your sensitivity before using essential oils. Put a drop of the oil on the sensitive skin inside your elbow. If your skin gets red or mottled, itches or burns in the next 12 hours, be very cautious with essential oils and certainly don’t use them on your breasts. My cat’s neck fur fell out after I anointed her chin with three drops of essential oil to (successfully) rid her of fleas!
Essentail oils of citrus, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, juniper, or clary sage—ten drops diluted in one ounce/30 ml of olive oil—have been used to increase circulation to the breasts, warm them, activate the immune system, and offer the healing benefits of their aromas as well."
Here is something frightening that I had no idea EO's could even do or cause:
I've always been given to understand that essential oils should NEVER be used internally, and I say better safe than sorry!
I can't imagine my first aid kit without either of them.
Then also I have seen abuses like the new craze of ingesting essential oils daily (a morning 'cleanse' routine using lemon EO and water), or how about mothers using aromatherapy to SEDATE their children because they make too much noise in the house and the weather won't allow them to play outdoors.
Then there are some people who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the stuff because no amount of cautioning gets through to them and the next thing you know she calls you complaining of burning skin because she used the whole bottle of Lavender EO in her bath AND she put her infant in the tub with her...DUH!!!!
Susun has said she would use pharmaceuticals before she would use Essential Oils, I dunno, more folks have died from pharmaceuticals then Essential oil use. I know its not just about the process/manufacture its also because of the sheer volume of plant material needed....but....
I live near an area that grows mint for industrial/cosmetic/food manufacturers, fields and fields of mint. Harvest time smells amazing!
Essential oils are not a 'new' tool in the herbal kit or aromatherapy diffuser. The bible contains many references to these oils and they are listed over and over again in King's American Dispensatory.
WhiteHorse wrote:I feel that they are being over used and used by many people for a "quick and easy fix" to a problem. I personally fine them to be more irritating than useful with a few exceptions. i do like a few drops of lavender and frankincense in my bath. I prefer infused oils.
I agree - but I will put a few dropsof lemongrass oil in my herbal shampoo.
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