Essential Oils Rise in Popularity
Essential Oils Rise in Popularity-“ZANESVILLE – Shannon Hess was skeptical of using natural, therapeutic essential oils when she was first introduced to them. Her young son, who suffers from an IgG Deficiency and has a weakened immune system, was in and out of hospitals and on several different types of medication. So, Hess figured she ‘d give them a try.
Now, her 8-year-old son Brayden is on his way to becoming well enough to attend school. And Hess believes it’s because of the essential oils.
Essential oils are natural oils extracted from plants or roots that are advertised as having a variety of uses, including for physical health, cooking and, for some, even as a natural bug repellent. They’re growing in popularity in the area, especially as ways to treat minor aches and pains, rather than seeing a doctor.
The brand Hess uses is doTERRA, which is a therapeutic-grade brand and its oils, Hess said, is more potent than other brands. Brayden, who has a weak respiratory system, uses a blend of oils, including lemon, eucalyptus and peppermint, designed to help and open airways maintain healthy breathing. Hess rubs a drop of oil on his feet and chest, and so far, she said, it seems to be helping.
They just returned from a trip to Disney World in Florida, Hess said, and Brayden didn’t get sick once, which was huge.
“Medicine has its place,” Hess said.
Brayden still sees an immunologist in Columbus and an allergist in Cleveland. For a mother who wanted to help her son any way she could, there’s no reason, she said, why she wouldn’t try a more natural treatment.
“I was skeptical in the beginning,” she said.
Taisha Holland, owner of Cloud 9, a beauty salon at 1419 Maple Ave., has used essential oils for years and now sells them out of her salon. Her goal is to educate people on the uses of various oils, and she loves making believers out of skeptics.
She offers classes on how to use the oils, and said they have a rich history throughout the world.
“It’s recorded all the way back to ancient Egyptians,” she said.
Holland grew up around natural remedies, and so using essential oils always seemed normal to her. The demographics of her clients range from people (mostly women) in their 20s to their 80s. Essential oils is especially popular among the younger people.
“Older generations have always said, ‘let’s go to the doctor,'” Holland said.
Essential oils can be used alongside regular medicine, though, and Holland doesn’t discourage people from going to the doctor.(Essential oils) have always been around,” Holland said.
Portions of this article have been paraphrased and quoted from the Zanesville Times Recorder