by Sharon Sherbina, NYR Organic
Poison Awareness Month Post 1
I'm taking a weird angle on this month's informational posts, and dealing with the topic of ingestion of essential oils in regard to poison awareness. Sounds crazy, right? Everyone you know is "into" essential oils suddenly, and furthermore, dozens of companies are promoting the ingestion of them on a daily basis.
Anecdotally and statistically, we are seeing more and more stories of more harm being done than good, and if we keep going down this road, the pendulum of public opinion is going to swing to the completely opposite direction, and everyone will be avoiding essential oils.
I think it's important to be aware of a couple of things when considering essential oils. Oils, tinctures, tonics, rubs, scrubs, poultices, draws, and other medicinal usages have been utilized for thousands of years. Plants are AMAZING, and have incredible properties to alter our bio-states. Oils, especially, because they are the most potent part of the plant's essence. And because it is the most potent part, we can't just turn hundreds of years of apothecary and botanical science upside down, and advise people that the daily of ingestion of oils is good. It's not. People are getting sick. People have overdosed. Children and pets have inadvertently been exposed and harmed and NO ONE wants that to happen.
Through the month of March, I will be bringing more and more attention to this dangerous trend, and how YOU can utilize BEST PRACTICES in the safe usage of most oils, OR find a reputable practitioner to oversee your ingestion regimen, if something that drastic is required. Stay safe and ask good questions!
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So, right now I am bouncing back and forth between the beautiful and troubled island paradise of Oahu, and our home base in deep rural Missouri. Subjects of interest for contemplation and writing include nature, sustainability, primitive skills and traditions, kindness, unconditional positive regard, all the big whys and hows, movement disorders, the juxtaposition of science and religion, education, second language acquisition, holistic skin care, and cats. I fail to practice much of what I preach, and greet each day as a challenge, and consider each night before I go to bed an exercise in self-grace.
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