Nature at Its Best
Lydia Richmond and I have similar interests in that we both are teachers, write children’s books and have a blog. Lydia and I also have an interest in saving the earth through various means such as recycling and reducing the use of harsh chemicals in our homes by using natural products as much as possible.
One of the ways that Lydia has accomplished this is through essential oils. Now working for Simply Aroma, a company that sells essential oils, Lydia invited me to one of her presentations. After explaining I already had plans for that particular evening, Lydia said she’d be willing to come to my house for a demonstration at a later time. When I shared this info with my daughter, Kelly, she volunteered to have a demonstration at her house.
During that demonstration, Lydia explained because essential oils are derived from plants, they are an amazingly effective way to replace toxic, chemical laden medications, cleaning products and personal care items. She said, “It’s easy once you understand their purpose.”She also went on to explain that essential oils have been used for various reasons ever since Bible days, including when the three wise men brought frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus.
I was especially interested in the essential oils that have properties to help with relaxation and stress relieve. Lydia shared that lavender is a popular oil people sometimes use in a diffuser for that purpose. Showing first-hand how it works, she put several drops of lavender in the diffuser. Within a few minutes the aroma spread throughout the room. Lydia then shared that lavender is also good for other things, including cleaning and personal care.
Another essential oil Lydia shared that has many benefits is peppermint. One of the things we learned about peppermint is that spiders don’t like it. Although I’m not particularly afraid of spiders, I couldn’t help but wonder what would keep snakes away. Maybe I should have asked Lydia if there’s an essential oil for that.
From Lydia’s presentation, I realized I’d like to learn more about essential oils. She advised because there are different grades of oil on the market, consumers need to be careful. Sometimes what appears to be oil is only fragrance. She also said although essential oils do not replace medical advice or diagnosis, they can in many ways enhance our health and home environment. Overtime Lydia has replaced many of her personal care items, such as soap, deodorant and chapstick with recipes containing essential oils.
Learning that essential oils are derived from plants without harsh chemicals as a part of the process, if you haven’t given essential oils a try, maybe in celebration of Earth Day this week, now would be a great time to start. I’m sure Lydia would be willing to guide you in the right direction.
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