Episode 166: The Power of Essential Oils with Elena Brower

The scent of lavender wafting from every local yoga studio’s doors may be a relatively recent phenomenon, but essential oils have been used to bolster health and well being for thousands of years, says this week’s guest Elena Brower, who is a New York yoga teacher and Doterra wellness advocate. If you’re curious about how essential oils work, which ones are best for certain situations, and how to use them to help keep you and your family at optimal health, this episode is for you.

Here’s what we talk about:

* Essential oils basics: Their history, how they’re made, how to tell the difference between a quality oil and a synthetic one, how to use a carrier oil, etc.

* Three ways to use essential oils: Aromatically, topically, and internally. (Plus, Elena shares her reservations about people using essential oils internally.)

* The qualities of various essential oils. Elena talks about her favorite oils for relaxation, meditation, public speaking, grounding, uplifting, skin issues, and muscle aches, as well as which oils are best to help you stay healthy during the cooler fall and winter months.

* Other ways she uses oils for emotional health, skincare, and around her house everyday to keep things smelling fresh and to ward off potentially harmful bacteria

* More about the multilevel marketing business model that several popular essential oils companies use—including DoTerra. Also, Elena responds to criticisms about that business model and explains why she’s an advocate for MLMs with integrity.

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

The Practice You Podcast with Elena Brower

New York Institute for Aromatic Studies

Emotions and Essential Oils book

Episode 129: Ayurveda  and Adaptogenic Herbs

Episode 81: Nourish Your Vital Essence with Niika Quistgard

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