By: Julia Johnson, MHA, CPhT
Your NuCara Pharmacy in Pleasant Hill has a special integrative approach to healthcare and carries several natural products designed to help each person reach their maximum health potential. The pharmacy’s newest addition of natural products is the renowned Young Living brand of essential oils. The popularity of essential oils is rapidly growing due to their ability to act as natural medicine without any side effects. The medicinal benefits derive from the oils’ antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Essential oils (EOs) are concentrated liquids containing volatile aroma compounds from plants and have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Although EOs have declined in evidence-based medicine, they are reemerging as the popularity of aromatherapy and natural medicine increases. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine intended to support overall health and wellbeing through the aroma of EOs. Aromatherapy goes beyond appealing smells by offering some of the following health benefits:
• Relaxation and stress relief
• Mood enhancement
• Relief of minor discomforts
• Boosting the immune and respiratory systems
In addition to their aromatic uses, essential oils can be used topically and in some cases internally. Not all EOs can be ingested, so it is important to read their labels carefully.
Listed below are a few common essential oils and some of their uses:
• Lavender: Known for its calming properties, wound healing, insect bites and reduces inflammation.
• Peppermint: Provides natural boost of energy, improves mental alertness, relieves/reduces migraines, alleviates symptoms of congestion and aids in digestion.
• Lemon: Has antiviral properties, great for cleaning, uplifting, and detoxing.
• Frankincense: Strengthens immune system and soothes inflamed skin conditions.
The Young Living essential oils are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade oils. Young Living is confident with their purity and authenticity claims due to their patented Seed to Seal process. This five-step process applies the most rigorous quality controls possible to ensure consumers are receiving essential oils the way nature intended.
Overall, essential oils can be a great natural, complementary health treatment in a variety of situations. However, due to a lack of scientific evidence, EOs should not replace traditional medical treatments recommended by your doctor. It is suggested to do research and talk with qualified individuals before using EOs.
For more information and ideas on how to use essential oils, visit Young Living’s official blog: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/