The Wonder of Essential Oils

Written by Joyce Murphy

Erin Shivone

Here it is, 2021 — it is a season of fresh beginnings!

It’s time to try something new, yet rooted in ancient history, when the passion for essential oils (EOs) began. From scrappy, weatherworn plants on Mediterranean hills to trees far out in the Pacific, these oils have traveled far and wide. EOs are derived from thousands of plants and trees around the globe. They are used in perfumes, as food additives and for aromatherapy. Wrapped within each oil are chemical constituents that bestow special properties.

So, what can they do for you? Let’s take a look at their antimicrobial care.

contains terpenes, which are known for their antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and stress-relieving properties, the foundation of lavender’s caring nature. Erin Shivone, LMT, RYT, owner of Just Be Holistic Wellness in Milton, DE, shared that it’s her go-to for bug bites, scratches and rashes.

Erin keeps tea tree handy because it strengthens skin while quelling viruses. This oil is part of many health and beauty products for its anti-inflammatory properties. She notes that tea tree is good for cleaning your home and making hand sanitizers, along with fighting acne and nasty cold sores.

Erin combines lavender and tea tree with frankincense, creating a spray that calms bug bites, minor burns and scrapes. She refers to this EO as liquid gold, as its health benefits include antiviral and antibacterial properties, plus the ability to care for wounds and boost your immune system.

is a tried-and-true oil that fights viruses responsible for clogged breathing. Its cleansing aroma comes from the eucalyptol extracted from its leaves. This opens and clears your lungs, letting you once again breathe deeply. Plus, its cooling mint brings welcome relief in balms for dry, chapped lips.

can now occupy a spot in your medicine cabinet, as well as in the kitchen.
Its oil has been shown to limit the growth of fungi in lab settings. It has strong, all-around antimicrobial uses and is another of Erin’s
go-to EOs, helping when sore throats and stomach aches are making the rounds.

Essential oils play a large role in Erin’s holistic approach to healing. Their restorative properties are essential to the health and well-being of her family, too, and are used to treat a variety of ailments. For more, visit