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southern roots | ESSENTIAL OILS

Earth in a Bottle By Karen Ott Mayer | Photography courtesy of medicalnewstoday.com

Although essential oils date back to biblical times, the modern-day plant-based varieties are gaining popularity as natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals. For as long as humans have pursued health and sought to cure ailments, plants have been an instrumental resource. And plant usage is as varied as plants themselves. One field, the production and usage of essential oils, has gained popular ground although determining exactly what they’re all about, however, remains less clear. Varied claims, pricing confusion, poor information, and even fear add to the cloudy picture. What is an essential oil? It’s an oil extracted from a plant and holds specific properties. Everything from stems, leaves, and bark can be used. A distillation process produces the 34 DeSoto

oil, which acts as a carrier for the plant material. “Originally, people used two pieces of animal fat wrapped about the plant and put it all over a fire,” says DeeAnna Nagel, a former psychotherapist turned aromatherapist, coach, and teacher located in the Florida Panhandle. Nagel teaches a 50-hour course on Intuitive Aromatherapy, and her book by the same title, is due out in mid-2020. Oils can be rubbed, inhaled, diffused, and even ingested. Popular or perhaps more well-recognized oils include peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus but hundreds

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DeSoto Magazine February 2020  

Healthy Mind, Heart and Body - Kick off the new year with our health and fitness issue. Also featured romantic getaways and valentine’s gift...

DeSoto Magazine February 2020  

Healthy Mind, Heart and Body - Kick off the new year with our health and fitness issue. Also featured romantic getaways and valentine’s gift...