Looking for the basics on homeopathy and essential oils? Both are natural remedies that are used for their many health and wellness benefits. That being said, there are distinct differences between homeopathy and aromatherapy. So to keep it simple, we’re going to provide a brief outline of what each method and ideology involves.
Homeopathic medicine is a health practice and philosophy centered around the ideal that the body is able to heal itself. Founded in the late 1700s, homeopathy views symptoms as natural responses for the body to regain its health. In theory, a homeopathic dose of “medicine” boosts the body’s self-regulatory healing processes.
A homeopathic physician uses pills or liquid solutions including small traces of an active ingredient (oftentimes a plant or some form of mineral) for treatment of the illness. These are referred to as diluted or “potentiated” homeopathic substances. Arguably, there are benefits to using homeopathic medicine, but there is certainly some obscurity in the efficacy of the practice:
- There is no scientific evidence to support its use, with some researchers claiming it is beyond the realm of general physics.
- Governments all over the world are beginning to deny insurance payments to subsidize homeopathic treatments.
- Homeopathy is broad form of treatment; therefore, you have to be careful about what you put in your body, as the substance may include traceable amounts of the original substance.
Now, we are far from claiming that homeopathy is medieval-aged quackery. Many people have found incredible results with pursuing this practice. We, personally, do not have a whole lot of experience with it. What we do have experience with is aromatherapy – and more specifically, essential oils.
In short, essential oils are natural compounds of aroma that come from many different forms of plants, such as roots, flowers, seeds, and stems. These oils comprise a liquid that is typically distilled from these plant elements.
There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to the use of essential oils. No, they’re not simply some natural version of perfume. Sure, they offer rejuvenating scents that act as a form of fragrance. But they do a whole lot more. And they are not manufactured artificially with chemical additives and fillers – like the Dolce & Gabbana bottle you may have on your dresser.
Furthermore, essential oils have countless uses, offering a wide range of therapeutic benefits. These can be applied topically or aromatically, and after being absorbed the benefits can be realized instantly. While we can’t claim that these aromatherapy products treat or cure any diseases (the FDA wouldn’t approve of us saying so), essential oil users all around the world have found success with them for addressing a range of issues:
- Stress and occasional anxious feelings (Lavender, frankincense, Relaxation blend)
- Minor back, neck, and wrist pain (Peppermint, lavender, Soothing Heat blend)
- Tension and minor head pains (Peppermint, Energize blend)
- Respiratory support and a healthy immune system (Frankincense, Peppermint)
- Relaxation and happy feelings (Lavender, frankincense, Euphoria blend)
- Enhanced focus, energy, and concentration (Peppermint, orange, Energize blend)
- And much, much more!
How to buy essential oils
Essential oils are generally sold in a variety of ways:
- Single oils: Individual oils such as lavender, lemon, and peppermint. Have many, many uses.
- Oil blends: Comprise multiple oils into a single bottle for easy application. Generally target a specific issue or benefit.
- Oil kits: These are aromatherapy kits that can include multiple single oils, multiple blends, and/or a mixture of both.