MAYO — Keesha Fundora gave an overview of essential oils at the Mayo Woman’s Club meeting Jan. 8.
She said while essential oils are helpful and smell good, they can be dangerous if misused.
She encourages everyone to do their research before using the oils.
Essential oil used on the skin must be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil otherwise it can burn the skin.
“Peppermint has helped my daughter with her allergies,” Fundora said.
Oils can be used for many different things such as allergy relief, pain relief, cleaning produce and replacing household cleaning supplies.
Fundora gave the club members foaming hand wash made using lavender essential oil and Dr. Bronner’s castile soap and a carrier oil.
She also gave the group some Thieves oil, which is a combination of clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus radiata oils.
It has antibacterial properties and can be mixed with water to clean vegetables.
She encouraged people to buy essential oils from a reputable company to ensure the oils are 100 percent pure.
Jessie R. Box is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government and police.