Saturday, December 4, 2010

In The Lab...

Well, technically not. I've always had this love/hate relationship with essential oils. They both fascinate and terrify me at the same time. The geek in me is captivated by the way these oils are produced and all the many uses and benefits just one essential oil generates. For example, did you know that sweet orange oil is an antibiotic, anticoagulant, antidepressant, antigenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, calmative, carminative, cholagogue, choleretic, depurative, digestive, diuretic, fungicidal, humectant, hypotensive, sedative (nervous), stimulant (digestive and lymphatic), stomachic, and tonic? And the benefits of using it are said to help relieve the effects of anxiety, bronchitis, chills, colds, constipation, dull and oily skin conditions, dyspepsia, flu, helps eliminate toxins, intestinal gas, mouth ulcers, nervous obesity, palpitations, spasm, tension and stress, and water retention?*

I won't lie to you and tell you that I know what carminative and cholagogue mean. Okay, now I do. Carminative is a fancy term for gas reliever and cholagogue is an agent that promotes the discharge of bile from the liver and gallbladder. This is serious stuff and not to be taken or handled lightly. For that reason, I am studying like a chemistry student and taking meticulous notes-what can be tolerated by pregnant women, those with hypertension (like myself), pets...It's an exciting yet daunting venture, but I love to learn, and I cannot wait to start creating with essential oils!

*Taken from the product description from Mountain Rose Herbs


Pattie said...

Good grief! That is a lot, I'm happy, and I'm sure that many other are too, that you are doing your homework :)

FuturePrimitive said...

coolio! once you start, you won't be able to stop. get the encyclopedia of essential oils (amazon) as it gives the most comprehensive info i've found so far. i use it all the time!
good luck toots!

Anonymous said...

the healing property of some herbs is truly fascinating, isn't it? My fave? Definitely lavender and peppermint :)