Autumn is a time of the year that I look forward to throughout the previous three seasons, not only because the leaves are changing, the cool weather is moving in so that I can wear my favorite sweaters and flannels, nor because it’s pumpkin season, Halloween, and the segue into the holidays. No, there’s something much more beautiful that signals my anticipation for fall. And that is football. Every Saturday starting in September and going through the end of November is considered a holiday in my family. It’s something more holy than Christmas, and more intense than the scariest of Halloweens.
The reason hemp has been such a hot topic as of late is because we are in the middle of a momentum shift, moving away from the stone aged mindset that cannabis sativa is a harmful drug and finally toward the intelligent perspective that hemp can do a whole lot of good. For decades, cannabis has been condemned, ostracized and full on smeared by corporate and political interests. But as the invention of the internet took hold like a wildfire, the truth has come out and the masses have moved toward learning that cannabis has a myriad of uses and benefits.
Since the dawn of time, humans have scoured our plant brethren for ways to heal ourselves, and one of the oldest ways is with the cannabis plant. Cannabis, or perhaps better known and vilified as marijuana, is one of the most versatile and healing* plants on the planet. Not only due to the fact that a portion of the female flowers can have a psychoactive effect, but because it’s been proven that it is indeed useful in a medicinal setting, and for a myriad of applications.
Along with the awakening of organic food is another movement that’s gaining steam, and that movement is with the body care products that we use on our skin and in our hair everyday. Corporations have long dominated the big name brands that have come to be household names, but for too long few questioned the contents and the toxicity contained in these products. More recently, the serious questions that have needed to be asked have come to the forefront of people’s minds, like if what you’re giving your baby is toxic, or if that skin cream is a carcinogen or not.
These are ridiculously important questions to know, and should have been better researched prior to mass production and big box sales. While some answers have been found, the more important part of this movement is that better, safer and all natural alternatives are now beginning to flood the market.
Essential oils are oil concentrates that are derived from plants, flowers, herbs, trees, roots and other organic living materials, which when inhaled via aromatherapy, or used topically, can heal*, soothe ailments and can assist in a myriad of issues. They can be used in a variety of ways, from aromatherapy to oil blends, as well as salves and other botanical applications. For me, personally, I love to blend high quality oils into medicinal salves, beard oils and balms, muscle relief salves, and other recipes that can replace my store bought botanicals and toiletries.
There is a beauty in the natural world that comes through every sense we possess, and since we are creatures evolved from the earth, it can surprise pretty much anyone just how powerful and healing* plants, flowers, herbs, trees and roots can be to the human body and mind. Today, I thought it important to talk about what essential oils are and how they can improve your life, as they have mine. Essential oils are concentrated, distilled oils that come from plants, flowers, herbs, trees, roots and other organic living materials, which when inhaled via aromatherapy, or used topically, can heal*, soothe ailments and can assist in a myriad of issues. They can be used in a variety of ways, from aromatherapy to oil blends, as well as salves and other botanical applications. For me, personally, I love to blend high quality oils into beard oils, muscle relief salves and hair tonics as well.
Almost all of the hair care, body washes, and other body care products come loaded with additives and chemicals that fill our bodies with toxins, and have a greater negative effect with prolonged use, which is why there’s been such an upsurge in organic and natural products on the market. With the popularity of essential oils, anyone can make their own at home, too, which I find to be especially exciting. Not only can you create a pure, organic concoction that does what you need and more, you can blend the natural properties of essential oils with carrier oils, butters and waxes so that you’re receiving a specialized and focused treatment for hundreds applications.
Sign up for my VIP email list:
*Disclaimer: All blog posts featuring products, reviews, or suggestions for products or services are governed by our Disclosure. Products were received free to review, so to provide authentic opinions and content for our readers. The opinions and ideas in this post are the writer's own and are uninfluenced by any other person or business. We receive no compensation for product reviews. Links within non-product review posts may be sponsored.