(Closed) Alright bees! Essential oils: yay or nay?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Do you use essential oils?
    Yes : (20 votes)
    63 %
    No : (12 votes)
    38 %
    Other (please explain) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 17
    2586 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    @littlemisst08:  Yeah, no joke!  That actually makes me laugh.  I can just imagine rolling my eyes if I saw something like that happen. 

    Post # 18
    1938 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Mother-In-Law is BIG on dotera… she was a distruputer for a little while too.

    She gave me “Breath” when I had a cold because I couldn’t stop coughing and all it did was make me and my husband (who wasn’t sick) cough worse!!! 

    I make soap and lip balm and lotions and put essential oils in them like mint or lavender, but I really think a lot of people put too much stalk into them. 

    I love lavender and think its truly calming, but a lot of the stuff out there is just a gimicky! 

    Post # 19
    1311 posts
    Bumble bee

    Yes, but you have to be very careful because not everything is suitable for everyone.  I also don’t really believe in it as alternative treatment – I mostly use them for pleasure, to smell.  I prefer smelling essential oils over chemicals or alcohol-heavy perfumes.

    I love handmade soaps made with essential oils because they smell great, and I’ve used tea tree oil for acne spot treatment before.  The only one I consume is oregano oil, as a cold/flu preventative.

    Post # 20
    1332 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @jb20:  I purchased my oils as a consumer (not a distributor) from a friend after she provided some to me when I would ‘complain’ about ailments in her presence.  I have a headache…here try this!!  My belly hurts…here try this!  If I did not experience it first-hand, I would not be a believer, but I did so I am.

    Currently, I have 6 oil blends, and use them all!!  I carry past tense in my purse to roll on my forehead for headaches, which I have always been prone too, and I get relief without having to take Advil, etc.  I recently ingested OnGuard with some juice over the holidays when everyone around me was very, very sick.  Per what I read, in doing this, it is prevents the onset of a cold or flu.  I have been illness free, which is odd, because I always catch whatever my Fiance has.  I rub deep blue on my achy muscle pains,  because I run almost daily, and my shins sometimes bother me.  It has worked wonderfully.  And, my Fiance was not getting any relief from his inability to breathe thru his nose, and his ear ache, he finally let me try a breathe combo on him, and both were relieved for him as well.

    I truly believe they work, and have recommended them to others, but again – I am not a distributor, so I do not sell them myself.

    Post # 21
    7646 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @jb20:  I tend to stay away except for eucalyptus oil believe it or not. When Darling Husband gets in his awful coughing fit twice a year and can’t sleep at night, I put a few drops on the bottom of his feet, rub it in, put on socks, and he sleeps all thoughout the night without coughing. Those who say Vicks is essentially the same thing–eh, sorry, but it doesn’t work like this does.

    Post # 22
    114 posts
    Blushing bee

    Nay, because 1.) except for a few oils like peppermint or lavender, there is very, very little scientific evidence to back up any of the health benefit claims, and 2.) it CAN be dangerous for people to use them, from potential allergies to overdoses (it can be done) to injuries, especially to eyes, and to potential interactions with medications. Now a friendly reminder to always check with a doctor and pharmacist before you start ingesting things.


    Post # 23
    5188 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Some of them smell really good. I wouldn’t rely on them to cure what ails me though.

    Post # 24
    558 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I don’t ingest any of them, but we use them for cleaning the house, and to diffuse in our humidifier when someone’s sick/stuffy/etc, or to put in baths/massage oils.  It’s the usual things here, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon, rosemary, peppermint, etc.  We use nettle extract in tea as an anti-inflammatory thing, but that’s just nettle heads soaked in vodka for months, it’s not an essential oil.  It really helps with allergies and creaky joints.

    Post # 25
    5876 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I have used them for specific purposes and found them to be quite powerful.  I had a horrible itchy rash (damn you hair dye allergy!) and needed soemthing to relieve the pain.  Pepermint oil (diluted in olive oil, of course) does the trick amazingly well, but better than anything my doctor recomended.

    I haven’t used a lot of them, but I think they can be very powerful when used correctly.  People shouldnt’ take them too lightly though.  These highly concentrated oils can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, etc if used incorrectly.

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