University students look for natural remedies in essential oils

Many would say that the fear of vaccines and over-the-counter medications has led people to seek relief from holistic home remedies: essential oils.

The Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University describes essential oils as "highly concentrated, steam-distilled, or cold-pressed extracts from almost any part of a plant, such as seeds, flowers, fruits, leaves, stems, and roots."

According to a study conducted by Grand View Research, "The size of the US essential oil market was valued at USD 3,360 million in 2015 and is expected to witness an estimated growth rate of 9.0% from 2016 to 2024."

With that information, one could understand why many believe that the field of essential oils is a good business.

Lexi Maupin, major in communications and marketing retailer, is part of that business. She said that essential oils have become a daily part of her life, but not because of income.

"I think essential oils show you the importance of valuing the well-being of you and your family, to know better, to do better," Maupin said.

Maupin sells essential oils through Young Living. Young Living is a company whose purpose, according to its website, is "to honor our administration to defend the living energy of nature, essential oils, fostering a community of healing and discovery while inspiring people to achieve wellness, purpose and abundance. "

Research shows that these values ​​are maintained by more than just the company, however, since college students and families around the world are using these holistic oils to help their well-being.

Emily Daniel, a sophomore in social studies at the University of Cincinnati, said: "I have a heart condition that prevents me from taking almost 300 medications. About three years ago, I started using eucalyptus as a replacement for cold medications I could not take and lavender as a way to relieve pain and fall asleep. "

After knowing the benefits of other essential oils, he now uses tea tree oil as an antiseptic and other essential oils according to the practice of Western medicine. Your reason for using essential oils resonates well with the mission statement of the company.

"I have also seen that it is beneficial for my mental health. I use essential oils to relax, relieve stress and concentrate, "said Daniel.

Daniel is among the many young people today who turn to essential oils for health benefits beyond over the counter medications.

International junior public health student at the University of Cincinnati, Gretchen Shisler, said she has been using essential oils since she was a freshman in high school.

"I used to rub my skin, especially eucalyptus or lavender when I had a headache. "I received an oil diffuser two years ago and that's when I started to explore more about essential oils and the benefits they provide," Shisler said.

Although it supports the use of essential oils, it warns about the dangers of relying too much on them.

"I know people who swear by the essential oils that they claim that this will keep you from feeling sick or that you will totally avoid an illness, which is completely wrong," Shisler said. "I think if you use them to treat serious diseases, you should definitely use them together with Western medicine because it is not meant to cure diseases."

Many use oils aromatically in diffusers, topically as toners, rollers or serums, and internally, with the help of recipes.

However, essential oils provide a natural alternative to something more than medicine. Many people turn to oils to replace cleaning products and beauty products.

Maupin told her that "the most important thing about essential oils is the power it gives you to decide what products you put in your body."

Now make your own body wash, face wash, toner, serums, cleaning products, pads and more.

"I have been able to get rid of so many harmful chemicals and ingredients due to essential oils," he said. "These are chemicals that you do not even realize are altering your health and your body until you eliminate them from your routines … People do not realize the effects that" fragrance "and dye can have on their hormones" .

Research shows that college students will grow to continue using these holistic remedies in their homes. Jodie Blackburn, a mother of three, including a student at Ohio State University, said her family uses oils every day.

"We use them daily, either in a diffuser at home or in the office, directly on the skin or mixed with baking soda for a cleaning experience without chemicals," Blackburn said. "Our family has used them to reduce the duration of colds and viruses, to help with nerve pain, allergies, earaches and headaches, to heal skin abrasions, help with the focus, moods and sleep. "

With the combination of the market boom of essential oils and the people who decide not to get vaccinated, these natural remedies are being implemented in the daily life of people of all ages.


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