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 What are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils have enhanced lives for thousands of years, offering a variety of benefits from cosmetic, health and dietary purposes to spiritual and religious use

I like to think of them as God's medicine cabinet, and have literally used them in some form or fashion on a daily basis for the last twenty years. The use of essential oils have been truly life changing for me and as much as a passion for me as energy healing. 

 

Essential oils are the "life blood" of the plant. Extractions that capture the scent and flavor or “essence” of the trees, shrubs, flowers, stems and seeds from which they originate. They are extracted via steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing; the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they come. They last a long time, and are the most potent form of an herb. They are nothing new. They are the oldest known form of personal care dating back to the beginning of time. 

 

Essential oils are used in many types of alternative medicine and can support health and well-being. Each essential oil has its own unique vibration and therefore healing properties. They are helpful for supporting all body systems; skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, nervous, respiratory, lymphatic, urinary, reproductive and integumentary body systems - as well as the structures and functions of the body. Health benefits of essential oils include: Reduced stress and anxiety, Improvement with headaches and migraines, Help with sleep and insomnia, Reducing inflammation, Antibiotic and antimicrobial properties

 

Essential oils can be used in three different ways:

  • Aromatically (inhaled/diffused) - when inhaling it takes 22 seconds for an oil to reach the brain. The only way to reach the limbic area of the brain is through smell, making essential oils helpful for people wanting emotional support. Diffusing not only makes your home smell good without use of chemicals but they also purify the air; some have the ability to remove toxins or metallic particles from the air and can increase the atmospheric oxygen in a room.

  • Topically - Since their molecules are tiny they are rapidly absorbed by the skin. When you apply them to the skin it almost seems to disappear into the body. When applied topically it takes 2-3 minutes for an oil to reach the bloodstream and 20 minutes to affect every single cell in the body. Oils are metabolized within 2.5 hours. Some favorite places to apply topically are the wrists, behind the ears, neck, temples, stomach or bottoms of the feet. Topically they can be applied "neat" (directly from the bottle) or diluted w a carrier oil. You'll always want to dilute oils for use on children or on "hot" oils 

  • Internally - you can put approved ingestible oils in water/drinks, cooking/baking, in capsules etc. 

 

 A few fun facts about Essential Oils:

  • A single drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. 

  • The doctors in the European medical community prescribe oils to be taken internally, in addition to or in place of pharmaceuticals.

  • Sesquiterpenes are found in oils and have the ability to go through the blood-brain barrier which helps treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s, and even multiple sclerosis. (For me personally, I had every symptom of MS and was being symptomatically treated by doctors on a combination of meds totaling over 15 pills per day while awaiting the final diagnosis. One day I got fed up with taking all the medicines (see my pharmaceutical background on the about me section) and did research to find which oils were good for that condition and after one week of diffusing them on a daily basis I was finally symptom free after a full 12 mo of debilitating symptoms!)

  • Testing the purity of your oil is best done by placing a drop on construction paper. If there is nothing left behind after 15 minutes, it is pure. If there is an oil ring, it is not pure.

  • Less than 1 percent of the entire plant species population produces essential oil.

  • There are five drops of lemon essential oil in one lemon.

  • Early kings and queens hired royal herb strewers to scatter herbs in their path—sweetening the air and warding off bad vibes.

  • Neroli oil, or "orange blossom," is one of the most expensive essential oils on the market. It takes 1,000 lbs. of orange blossoms to make one pound of Neroli oil.

  • Captain James Cook first mentioned tea tree oil in 1772 during his voyage to Botany Bay, Australia. He and his crew made a tea from the leaves to prevent scurvy. (Tea Tree oil was the first essential oil I was introduced to and where my own journey began using them)

  • During the 17th century, if you were caught using herbs for medicinal reasons, you were hanged as a witch. (Can you imagine what they'd think of me using energy healing and essential oils?!)

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