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A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils

Wanda’s daughter uses No Guard Essential Oil from Doterra to help oxygenate her blood and boost her immune system after
wearing a mask all day.Wanda Fanning is a woman with a passion for essential oils, and she believes that their beauty and power can enrich one’s life in multiple ways. As an essential oils expert and a Wellness Advocate, Wanda has personally experienced the benefits of essential oils and has helped hundreds of others to do so, by sharing her experience and expertise.

In this edition of Ask the Expert, The Guide to Good Health presents questions and answers about the benefits of using essential oils to improve your health, quality of life and environment. “Every drop of essential oil is a garden full of life giving properties,” says Wanda.

Q: What is essential oil?
A: Essential oil is the essence of the plant, and may be extracted from the roots, bark, wood, seeds, flowers and leaves. The oils give the plant its scent. Essential oils are highly concentrated and highly potent. Essential oils keep the plant healthy, assist it with pollination and provide other benefits. They benefit humans with healing effects on the body and mind.

Q: How long have people been using essential oils?
A: Human beings have used essential oils for centuries, especially in Asia and Europe. They have long been believed to have medicinal and therapeutic effects, as well as aesthetic effects. They have become popular in modern times as part of natural health and wellness.

Q: How did you get involved with them?
A: My life was riddled with trauma, sickness and injuries. In 1990, I was a single mother and experienced a horrendous car accident. Afterwards, I met a French woman who had moved to my Idaho hometown to open a shop selling essential oils. She actually picked me out of a crowd and gave me oils that she prepared specifically for me. She could see that the light inside me was fading, and knew what I needed. I went to her classes, and it changed my life.

Q: How do essential oils work?
A: Essential oils are a form of aromatherapy, a type of complementary care that uses scent to achieve certain results. The oils are applied to the skin, inhaled or ingested to reduce stress, promote relaxation, elevate mood, and refresh. The use of essential oils is not a medical treatment and there has not been research to verify the effects, but plenty of users can testify to the benefits. I always say that there is an oil for everything.

Q: How are essential oils applied?
A: The plant essence is extracted and then combined with a carrier oil like coconut oil. Essential oils are used in lotions, deodorants, soaps, aftershave, shampoo and other products. To get the best effect, you must use them consistently.

Here are the methods of application:

  • Aromatic: Through smell and includes any application method that helps you experience the aroma of the oil. Try using them in a diffuser; or apply a drop to your hands, rub your hands together, then cup your hands and hold them over your mouth and inhale. You can also wear essential oil as a personal fragrance.
  • Topical: On your skin. “Topical” application of essential oils allows the oil to absorb into the skin. Massage into targeted areas and rub in.
  • Internal: Ingesting certain essential oils allows the oil to be transported throughout your body, using capsules with drops of oil. Essential oils are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so use caution.

Q: What makes essential oils so effective, in your experience?
A: I have found essential oils to be literally life changing. They can help you manage your health. They produce feelings of relaxation and calm. People tell me that once they try them, they can’t stay away from them!

Q: What are your personal favorite essential oils?
A: I love Rose, Jasmine, Holiday and Joy, but I also use Deep Blue, Wild Orange and Lemon.

Wanda Fanning, Independent Wellness Advocate, can be reached at askwandwhisper@gmail.com

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