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Herbs and Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils For Your Health

Jul 2, 2008
Even if you are new to the world of using herbs and essential oils for non-culinary purposes, as soon as you begin, you will be doing your body and your home a world of good.

But where to begin, then? First, know that there are many ways you can receive the physical and mental benefits of using herbs and essential oils, and these are just a few examples:

-Use herbs and food-grade essential oils in cooking, to add an extra zing of flavor and stimulate your immune system at the same time

-Drinking herbal teas can help you sleep better, calm your digestive system, or help detoxify your system

-Use therapeutic-grade oils as an ingredient in your own household cleaning supplies and home-made cold and pain remedies, without all of the harmful and toxic chemicals found in store-bought products

If you think this is new-age hocus pocus, you're wrong! The use of herbs and essential oils has been ongoing from the beginning of civilization. They have been vital to the preservation of food, among other things. Think of things that are mentioned in the Bible-frankincense, myrrh, bitter herbs-these natural things had a purpose then, and continue to be useful today. Pliny, a soldier of ancient Rome, wrote a Natural History, which references the use of many plants. He lived in the first century. Much of his knowledge is attributed to the research and writings of Mithridates of Eupator (120-66BC). So plants and their chemical properties have been important since the dawn of time.

Today, herbs are very important to modern medicine; heart medicine alone would not be the same without the complicated chemical properties of certain plants. A great example is foxglove, also known as digitalis, which is used to make pills that treat certain heart problems. Ironically, the plant itself is poisonous, but scientists have been able to isolate the properties that make it a life-saving medicine.

Given that we have perfected agricultural methods, and ways of extracting the best out of the herbs and flowers that give us essential oils, we are endowed with purer, more potent, and more consistent results. Therapeutic-grade oils are an example of such horticultural, engineering, and scientific achievements.

You should be aware, as you learn about using herbs and essential oils, that not all essential oils are the same. Many are not to be ingested; if you want to use oils for recipes, you must seek out food-grade oils. And if you plan on using oils for aromatherapy, purchase only those labeled "therapeutic-grade." Not all natural food stores or health food stores carry therapeutic-grade oils. They are different because they are more potent and effective than the every day store-bought variety. Since they are extracted and refined using the best methods available, you can expect much better results with therapeutic-grade oils than if you purchase inferior oils.

So, if you feel that you can be doing more for your family's health and well-being, you can start with herbal supplements and therapeutic-grade essential oils. You just might notice that your kids are getting sick less often, you have more energy later into the evening, and that's all of the proof you need that thousands of years of history can't be wrong.
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If you are having health issues and are looking for natural health solutions , you will want to check out the wonderful information that Jim Miller has compiled on herbs and therapeutic grade essential oils . It could be life changing !!
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