How Do I Use Essential Oils In Alabama?

If you’re a beginner to essential oils, in Alabama there are three primary ways essential oils enter the body: applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. When choosing the right method to use essential oils, always keep in mind the desired result you are wanting and then determine the best application for use.

Essential oils can enter the body by being applied to the skin. This method can vary from using a compress, gargling, bath or even massage. It requires several drops of essential oils to be used topically in some manner. It is important to note that most essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.

Inhalation methods vary from steam, spray, dry evaporation, or diffusion. While people inhale and diffuse essential oils for a variety of reasons, it has been shown that inhalation is most effective and best suited to treat a variety of respiratory complaints. Using an atomizing essential oil diffuser is the most highly recommended inhalation method.

Although, ingestion of essential oils has had much controversy in Alabama, I suggest you do the proper research yourself and use safe practices. Cases of death, organ failure and hospitalization in the history of aromatherapy have been caused by ingesting essential oils. Therefore, ask the right people the right question. Is it safe?

Alabama, Food for Thought continues another year of fascinating and informative lunchtime lectures on the rich history of Alabama at the Alabama Department of Archives and History on Thursday, June 16 at noon. Ruth Truss will present The Journal of Sarah Haynsworth Gayle, 1827 – 1835. Written from 1827 to 1835, Sarah Haynsworth Gayle’s journal provides intimate insights into life in early Alabama as experienced by a young wife and mother. Sarah was the wife of John Gayle, a lawyer, politician, and Alabama’s seventh governor.

Frequently at home alone caring for the couple’s numerous children in Alabama, Sarah’s journal became the social and intellectual companion to which she confided stories that reflected her personal life. Gayle’s journal is among the most widely cited accounts of antebellum life in the American South, as she touched upon many facets of her world—education, health, violence, religion, slavery, children, and others. Edited by Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins and Ruth Smith Truss, the University of Alabama Press published the complete journal in 2013. This presentation will focus on both the content of the journal as well as the editorial processes necessary for publication.

Dr. Ruth Truss is professor of history and chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social at the University of Montevallo. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama, where she worked with Dr. Sarah Wiggins. As a graduate student, she assisted Dr. Wiggins with the editing of the Journals of Josiah Gorgas, 1857-1878, published by the University of Alabama Press in 1995. She again worked with Sarah Wiggins on editing the journal of Sarah Haynsworth Gayle. Dr. Truss is the author of several journal articles and a book chapter on the topic of the Alabama National Guard. She and her husband have one son and reside in Clanton, Alabama. Food for Thought is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a brown bag lunch. Complimentary beverages are provided.

Alabama, is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama is the 30th-most extensive and the 24th-most populous of the 50 United States. At 1,300 miles (2,100 km), Alabama has one of the longest navigable inland waterways in the nation.

From the American Civil War until World War II, Alabama, like many states in the South, suffered economic hardship, in part because of continued dependence on agriculture. Despite the growth of major industries and urban centers, white rural interests dominated the state legislature from 1901 to the 1960s, as it did not regularly reapportion the legislature from 1901 to 1961; urban interests and African Americans were markedly under-represented. African Americans and poor whites were essentially disenfranchised altogether by the state constitution of 1901, a status that continued into the mid-1960s before being alleviated by federal legislation. Exclusion of minorities continued under at-large voting systems in most counties; some changes were made through a series of omnibus court cases in the late 1980s to establish different electoral systems.

Following World War II, Alabama experienced growth as the economy of the state changed from one primarily based on agriculture to one with diversified interests. The power of the Solid South in Congress gained the establishment or expansion of multiple United States Armed Forces installations, which helped to bridge the gap between an agricultural and industrial economy during the mid-20th century. The state economy in the 21st century is based on management, automotive, finance, manufacturing, aerospace, mineral extraction, healthcare, education, retail, and technology.

Alabama is nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird. Alabama is also known as the "Heart of Dixie" and the Cotton State. The state tree is the longleaf pine, and the state flower is the camellia. The capital of Alabama is Montgomery. The largest city by population is Birmingham, which has long been the most industrialized city, and largest city by total land area is Huntsville. The oldest city is Mobile, founded by French colonists in 1702 as the capital of French Louisiana.

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