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So I haven’t done an oils primer in a bit and I wanted to get back on track with the series. Purification is an oil that we use here regularly for different things, but nearly always for cleaning out wounds and preventing infection.

Purification is a blend of oils, including: Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), lavandin (Lavandula x hybrida), and myrtle (Myrtus communis).  It’s got a fresh scent that is lemon-y and clean (the latter part is Young Living - Purification Essential Oil - 15 mllikely from the Melaleuca).

I’ve used this oil when I’ve hit my fingernail and separated it from the nail bed (ouch!) – no amount of any sort of anti-microbial agent is easy to get under the nail, but oils drip nicely in to that tender area.  Mark has used it on a cotton swab in his ear when it’s bothering him – it lessens his pain and works to insure that any material which might be the root of the pain is cleaned out.  A friend of mine used it to remove the sting and pain from a bee sting for her son – combining Lavender and Purification rapidly took care of all symptoms from the bee sting.

Purification also works as an insect repellent – if you dilute several drops of oil in a small bottle of spray water, you can use it like a traditional bug repellant, without the worry of chemicals or propellants in a can.

If you add a few drops of Purification to your shoes, you’ll neutralize shoe odors (especially useful if you have tween and teen aged boys!).  If you include Purification in your wash water, your laundry will be fresher and any odors in your machine will be reduced.

You can also diffuse Purification to cleanse the air of odors, including things like “wet dog smell,” and remove impurities from the air you’re breathing.

Purification is a useful tool in our essential oils arsenal, and when paired with Thieves oil, we’re protected from most microbial concerns that would otherwise require medical or chemical intervention.  If you’re interested in purchasing Purification, you can drop me a note if you’re local and I can tack it on my monthly order; if you’re not local and want to order it, I can easily set you up as a customer of Young Living yourself.  The retail price is $23.36 for a 15ml bottle; if you’re tacking on to my order, you’ll save 20% on the retail price. There is no shipping, but there is tax added on to the price of the oil(s).

I’m starting something new here at A Mother’s Heart – partly for you and partly for me.  As we’ve forayed away from traditional medicine and in to more natural remedies, we’ve had pretty darned good success.  And because I’m one who would rather write than talk (yeah, I almost never meet the “number of words a woman speaks” by the end of the day [unless I’m on the phone with Elizabeth]), it seems good to write down what I’ve learned and continue to learn.

By way of disclosure, I am a Young Living distributor, but I don’t *do* anything with that, except order oils for our family at a discounted rate.  If you’re local, I’m happy to order oils for you and share the benefit of my discount, but I’m never going to pressure anyone in to becoming a distributor or signing up.  Ever.  I’ve done the MLM-thing before and it didn’t end well – and I like these oils too much to spoil it for myself.  😉

Peppermint oil (mentha piperita) is one of the first oils I tried – I’ve officially given one of my two bottles away and replenished the supply so  that we have it on hand when we need it.  YL’s Peppermint is very strong, and its medicinal value is high in our home.  We use it to cure headaches, to stimulate our minds (alertness), to relieve sinus pressure and pain, and (for me, especially) to release earache pressure.  We’ve learned to not rub it in our eyes or get it too close to our eyes (because they water at its strength), but it’s one of the first oils we reach for if we feel “off.”

It’s hard to describe what the sensation of the Peppermint oil is, but I assure you, it’s FAR more than the old York Peppermint Patty commercials used to talk about – it’s fresh, cold, and very, very minty.  When applied topically to the temples, forehead, or sinus areas, you can feel it “sinking in” as it were and relieving the congestion and pressure.  Mark had a headache for hours a month or so ago and nothing got rid of it.  I encouraged him to put some peppermint oil on his temples and the back of his neck – and within a 10 minute time frame, his hours-long-headache was GONE.

I’ve also moistened a small part of a cotton ball with it and then placed the i0 where my sinus cavities are, especially right before going to sleep.  The sinus pressure is alleviated and I sleep very soundly after application of the oil.

We have yet to use it for digestive issues, but it can be taken internally (a few drops in a glass of water or in an empty capsule) or applied topically to an area of the abdomen with digestive discomfort and the pain is gone quickly.  One of my friends used it (topically) on her baby who had terrible acid reflux for about a week and after that, there was no more acid reflux and no more need for acid-reducing medication.  Pretty impressive!

Because the FDA is what it is, Young Living and any other natural distributor of essential oils cannot make health claims about their products – they must rely on the testimonials of individuals to spread the word.  So when you go to a website to look at oils, be aware that these stories cannot legally be conveyed, else they risk prosecution by the FDA.  There are many sites around the web that talk about the benefits and uses of essential oils, and if you ever have a question, feel free to shoot me an email.  I’ll research the answer and get back to you.

Look for more installments in this series in weeks to come

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