Volatile oils extracted from plants have a long history of therapeutic use, and within the last decade there has been a significant increase in the number of Americans who are using these essential oils, medicinally. Many have become enamored with their potency and efficacy. Just as each plant is unique, so too is the essential oil that it produces. This wondrous variability is a key feature of the complex phytochemistry that make medicinal plants such a powerful therapeutic ally. However, essential oils differ from other botanical preparations in that they are taken out of the chemical context of the whole plant. This means that it is much easier to use too much. Because of the vast amount of plant material that it takes to produce them, excessive use of essential oils is detrimental not only to the health of the individual, but also the environment from which they come.
Essential Oil Therapeutics
Nourish Well emphasizes judicious use of essential oils. We use only organic or wild-grown essential oils that have been ethically produced, tested for identity and quality and supported with proper certificates of analysis. As part of your care process, we will determine if an essential oil blend may provide additional support and include that as a recommendation, when appropriate. When we include this therapy, we will also provide specific dilution and application guidance, as well as recommendations for how to support your body’s detoxification process and beneficial microbes to minimize risk.