[SUMMERSVILLE, W. VA.] New River Community and Technical College will offer two community education classes on Saturday, Nov. 30, on how to use essential oils as an alternative treatment for common aches, pains and illnesses.

Essential Oils for Everyday Health will be offered from 10 a.m.–noon, and Mood Management using Essential Oils will be offered from 2-4 p.m. at the Workforce WV Building, 830 Northside Drive in Summersville, W. Va.

Instructor Sarah DeGroff is a certified childbirth educator and a certified lactation counselor. After learning that essential oils had helpful applications for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and newborns, DeGroff took courses and conducted her own research. After learning that pure, therapeutic grade essential oils had many uses for first aid and enhancing wellness, and that when used properly essential oils are safe and effective for kids and adults, she began teaching others.

Some of the more popular treatments that will be discussed in these courses are known to relieve headaches, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and lessen the negative effect of seasonal allergies such as ragweed and pollen. Participants will learn how to discern the quality and therapeutic effectiveness of the oils and the healing properties of the most widely used oils including lavender, lemon, tea tree and peppermint.

Tuition is $10 for each class and includes an essential oils magazine. Please call the New River Community and Technical College Office of Workforce Education in Summersville at (304) 883-2446 for additional information or to register.



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