What to do when your essential oil isn't working <infographic>

Essential oils are amazing, and powerful. A beautiful analogy from one of my favorite usage guides describes oils like this...

Essential oils can be thought of like 'outside management', brought

in to identify what is needed, and immediately send out instructions

to the departments that need to respond.

And continuing with that same line of thinking, what happens if no one is in the office?

Nothing gets done.

So what is happening when our body doesn't seem to be responding to the oils we are using? The fact is, a number of factors could be contributing to this. I decided to make an infographic to help make this information more accessible and easier to 'absorb' (no pun intended.

What didn't make it into the infographic is a discussion about the chemistry side of things, since there's only so much room on an infographic, and science-talk can only be simplified so much before it no longer makes sense.

Does it ever seem like it doesn't really matter what oil you choose, since so many oils do the same thing? You're not alone. Many wonder about, ponder, and even struggle with this question.

The fact that many essential oils share similar components, or have 'overlapping' chemistry, is one of the most beautiful and incredible aspects of their existence, for many reasons. It is part of what makes them so powerful and effective.

The variance and shared chemistry between essential oils means that the issues of resistance and tolerance are no longer issues. In fact, when using essential oils for their germ-killing properties (eg antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic properties), the pathogens simply cannot develop any resistance towards the essential oil(s) thanks to these multifaceted components. Hospitals in Europe reportedly use essential oils like Melaleuca to eliminate bacteria and prevent the development of 'superbugs'.

As much as we humans are similar, we are different. Our personal chemistry and composition varies, as does our level of health. Some of us have been making healthy choices for years, and others are just beginning. The effect an essential oil has on our body, or the response our body has to an oil, depends on these and a few other factors.

An essential oil recommended by expert sources (sources highly educated and accredited in the field of Aromatherapy), will work for a particular condition approximately 80% of the time. The infographic I created is intended to help assess the next steps when the oil(s) selected don't seem to be working. In other words, this graphic should help someone understand why the oil may not be working, and help them find an alternative that may work better.

what to do when essential oil is not working

If you find this infographic helpful, or know someone who might, please feel welcome to share. I'd also love to have more friends on social media, here are my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Mel, xo

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* All statements are my own, not endorsed by any organization or institution.

** Please take care to note: I'm not a health care practitioner. I'm simply sharing the experiences and results I've had on my personal, natural health and healing journey. You should always consult a trusted health care practitioner for advice specific to your body, well being, and needs.

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