Essential Oils Class – Summer Wellness

Make & Take – If you choose to make Bug Spray & Sun Protection there is a $10 charge. The class is free. June 25th at 6pm. Please call 315-649-5454 to register. Presented by Sarah Bullock.

Beyond smelling great, essential oils can also help improve your health and mood. Alternative medicine enthusiasts have subscribed to the power of essential oils for years. But with their increasing availability (and claimed health benefits), they’re going mainstream.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts.

“Plants are made of structural materials and phytochemicals. These chemicals have properties that not only benefit the plant but benefit people, too,” explains Dr. Lin.

It takes a tremendous amount of plant material to make essential oils, which can make some of them expensive. For example:

  • About 250 pounds of lavender flower make 1 pound of lavender essential oil.
  • About 5,000 pounds of rose petals or lemon balm make 1 pound of rose or lemon balm essential oil.

Benefits of essential oils

Essential oils can be used in aromatherapy, a kind of complementary medicine that uses smell to improve your health or applied topically to the skin.

Studies have shown that essential oils may help:

  • Boost mood.
  • Improve job performance through reduced stress and increased attentiveness.
  • Improve sleep.
  • Kill bacteria, funguses and viruses.
  • Reduce anxiety and pain.
  • Reduce inflammation.
  • Reduce nausea.
  • Relieve headaches.