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The New Rage: Essential Oils

Essential oils might be a new idea for some people, but they have been around for a long time. They have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties.

Essential oils are extracted through careful steam distillation and cold pressing. The purest essential oils are far more potent than the botanical from which they were extracted.

Essential oils can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage therapy, or even taken internally.

People use them:

  • To inspire a positive emotional state
  • Enhance physical wellness
  • Purify their home
  • Refine their skin
  • Create deep spiritual awareness

Essential Oils Worth Investigating

Essential oils can be used effectively for certain indications.  It should be noted that these oils are not FDA approved or regulated and have not been approved for ingestion. Also, some of these oils that are sold in health food stores are not 100% therapeutic grade and may be distilled with toxic chemicals. If buying them, make sure you know what you are buying!

-Dr. Ronnie Shalev is a Board Certified Physician in Emergency Medicine