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Earth Day and the Mindful Use of Essential Oils

"Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment." — From Wikipedia

The Earth from SpaceOur generation is causing a much more negative impact on the earth (and atmosphere) than all previous generations, and the harm we cause will be dramatic if we don't all start doing our part.

The idea of changing habits can seem like a daunting task. You don't have to read books or become an expert on environmentalism or "green" living (such an overused term) to be able to start making a small difference now.

Earth DayIt is more expensive to eat/use organic products instead of conventional and heavily processed ones, but the overall costs to our health and the environment to manufacture conventional products are much more expensive in the long run. If we all do what we can and gradually make changes, it can lead to big benefits overall for our health and the environment.


The Mindful Use of Essential Oils

SeedlingAs avid supporters of holistic aromatherapy and the sensible use of essential oils, we can make a big difference by being mindful of the quantity of essential oils that we use.

For essential oil usage, less is more. (See AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Article).

It takes a lot of botanical plant material to make just a small quantity of essential oil. (See AromaWeb's Essential Oil Yields article.) Using essential oils sensibly instead of using synthetic substitutes can be especially beneficial for our health as well as the overall impact on the earth and atmosphere. But because it takes a lot of plant material to manufacture essential oils, overusing essential oils is especially wasteful of plant life.

Using undiluted essential oils topically can be sensitizing and harmful to our bodies over time and wastes our precious natural resources. For more information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils.

For more ideas on how to be mindful when using essential oils and to better understand the oils that are most threatened, please read the following articles:


Learn More About Earth Day

Learn more about Earth Day by checking out the below links:

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Day

Earth Day Network
http://www.earthday.org


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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Spirituality

EasterDiffusing essential oils with Biblical significance can be especially meaningful at this time. Regardless of your spiritual background, aromatherapy and essential oils can play a special part as you embark or continue on your spiritual journey.

Read and explore the Aromatherapy Spirituality & Enlightenment category of AromaWeb's Article Archive:

Essential Oils for Spirituality
This article includes a categorized list of essential oils known for their particular value within spiritual applications.

Meditating With Essential Oils
Proper use of essential oils during meditation can enhance the experience by grounding you and promoting a sense of calm. Read this article to learn more.

Praying With Essential Oils
Essential oils can be diffused as you pray to help you focus your thoughts and prayers. Learn more within this article.

Aromatic Botanicals, Aromatherapy and the Bible
The aromatic and anointing oils mentioned throughout the Bible were likely the oils that we refer to today as infused oils, not essential oils. Learn why and learn about the aromatic botanicals and oils that were available at the time.

Aromatic Botanicals of the Bible
View a list of the botanicals mentioned throughout the Bible. Each includes an example Biblical passage.

Anointing With Essential Oils
Using carrier oils and essential oils, you can create your own anointing oils for use during prayer, meditation or during times in which you want to express your gratitude or intention towards a particular goal or outcome.

Incense and Spirituality
Incense made with natural ingredients can be burned during times of meditation, prayer, general reflection or to help cleanse and clear the air and make a space sacred.


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