Oils Reference Guide

Written documentation of plant based healing has come to light and disappeared over and over again during the history of the earth.  Writings on the subject, prior to the dark ages, are not readily available and the current health industry is positioned against information becoming mainstream, which can make it difficult to find good sources for personal knowledge.

I Am Essential Oils values the time and effort spent to make heads or tails of how to use natural products that are not designed by human institutions.  We suggest Bevonne Birch's book as a great source to save time and money in search of an essential oil use guide.  I Am Essential Oils makes this book available for purchase online and recommends this author for a detailed source on the use of essential oils. 

 FOREWORD

 In 2004 the United States government passed laws regulating  how  the citizens of the United States can talk about the healing    properties of plants.  In the USA essential oils are considered      an  over-the-counter drug and the average person cannot use  the  term  “essential oils” when describing the healing properties  of  plants.  The  Native Americans, however, still have that right.  In  2003 I was  adopted as a Medicine Woman and since 2013 I  am  currently apart  of the New Haven Band.  As a Medicine  Woman, I  am able to share  my knowledge of the benefits of our  sacred healing plants.  In this  book, I will refer to the liquid plant extracts as both essential oils, as other countries around the world call them, or as liquid copals using the Native American term.  

Many years ago a friend gave me a book about the benefits of herbs that sparked my interest.  I was excited to know God had given us healing plants and I wanted to know everything I could about them.  I couldn’t put the book down.  It was like I had finally come upon the path my spirit wanted to follow.  When I told my mother how this new knowledge made me feel, she told me about my great-grandmother’s ability to use the traditional healing plants to benefit her family and community.  I felt so connected with my grandmother and longed for her knowledge.  

I began reading and taking notes from every available book on the healing properties of plants.  I attended workshops, listened to cassette tapes, watched videos, and started using the herbs.  In 1992 I was introduced to the essential oils. This was exciting for me as I saw the traditional healing taken to another level.  In 1993 my husband, Rex, and I were able to volunteer and spend three months on an herb farm in Idaho.  We helped with the planting and weeding of the Lavender, Clary Sage, Peppermint, and Thyme.  We loved seeing the plants in bloom and smelling the fragrance as we worked in the fields.

We learned that it is not easy to grow organic crops.  During the next few years, I met people who were just getting started using the essential oils and they requested a copy of my notes.  Thanks to my daughter, Lark, and my sister, Vallejo, we printed the first edition of “Bevonne’s Notebook” in 1996.  In 2006 I added additional workbooks, DVDs, and CDs to assist others in learning and applying the oils.  I would like to thank all those who have touched my life and all those from whom I have gathered knowledge.

This book is a reflection of the influence of others.  Every day I find ways the oils bless my life.  Sometimes it is little things like taking care of mosquito bites and other times it has been quite major, like saving my husband’s life from carbon monoxide poisoning in 1995.  In 2003 Rex passed away from Malaria complications he developed while in Africa.

In September of 2012 I married David Crookston and together we are continuing teaching about the healing powers of the essential oils.  It is nice to again have someone working with me.  I hope this Workbook will help you learn about the sacred liquid copals and their traditional uses.  May you learn to love them as much as I do.