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Brief history of essential oils:
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their therapeutic effects on health, beauty, and emotions. Egypt is often credited as the birth place of essential oils with Frankincense being a sacred oil harvested there. For centuries these oils were used in burials, in illness, for beauty enhancement, in rituals, and more. In the 19th and 20th centuries oils were often used for flavoring in candies and foods, additives in natural remedies, components in perfumes, and as a component in over the counter treatments. For instance Menthol is used in many remedies. Most companies now use a synthetic version (chemical structure) of the plant. For instance it is much cheaper and more reliable to produce menthol from petroleum products than to grown, harvest, and extract it from the Peppermint plant.
Why use essential oils?
Pure essential oils can have powerful effects on mood, hormones, pain perception, libido, and more. Adding them to your diet, your cleaners, your beauty products, and more allows you to free your home and body of the more than 60 toxins that fill our homes. Therapeutic grade essential oils also give you a tool set to support your body in amazing ways. In addition, you will find it relaxing and uplifting to diffuse or bathe in your favorite aromas.
How do essential oils work?
Essential oils are derived from the roots, bark, stems, flowers, and rinds of plants; and regarded as plant DNA. Even today our synthetic medications are often based off of the chemical structure of a plant. Many drugs used in my field of anesthesia are plant based. For instance atropine is derived from or copied from the Belladonna plant. Belladonna, a nightshade, is also an active ingredient in natural teething remedies.
Essential oils are accepted as adaptogens, meaning that they assist the body in adapting to stress; and promote proper function and response. Because they are plants your body accepts them rather than rejects/processes them as foreign body. They enhance your body's normal functions rather than create additional strain on your systems. Each plant, such as lavender, has its own chemical structure and terpenes lending it to specific therapeutic benefits. Therapeutic benefits are altered by growing conditions, climate, harvesting methods, and distillation techniques. This is why it is important to know where your essential oils come from, and how they are prepared. Pure essential oils are potent, and can be utilized in three ways. Always read the label for indicated use. To determine if you are using therapeutic grade essential oils that are reliable, consistent, and safe see the chart to the right for questions to ask about your essential oil company.
Aromatherapy: Terpenes are volatile substances that evaporate easily and are therefore rapidly taken up upon inhalation. Studies show effects can occur in less than 1 minute.
Topical application: takes 3-5minutes for onset
and is uptaken by the cells.
Ingestion: Onset can be 15-20minutes but can have a more complete uptake by your system. Only recommended if oil is labeled as a dietary substance. Use caution if on medications as some oils can alter your metabolism and therefore decrease the effectiveness of medications.
How can essential oils be used?
MANY WAYS! From freeing your home of chemical cleaning compounds to enhancing a restful sleep thousands of people are enjoying the benefit of these oils today. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, have children, want to free your home of toxins and chemicals, work in stressful environments, or care about supporting your immune system than essential oils are for you! Utilizing nature's ingredients you can maintain balanced body systems, a healthy stress response, and normal sleep patterns. Learn how to support your body systems in a healthy way.
Once you get the hang of it you will find it is easy to utilize oils to benefit you and your loved ones!
Pure essential oils can be diffused (aromatherapy), applied topically, or ingested. Oils are often combined with carrier oils such as coconut, olive, or grape seed to dilute and apply to larger areas. Mixed with these plus other ingredients such as aloe, salts, and sugars, you can easily make your own beauty and health products. Likewise oils are great to dab or inhale on the go to decrease stress and improve mood. You will also find that homemade products such as bath salts and sugar scrubs make popular gifts!
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*Please use precautions with ingesting. They may alter the metabolism of any medication. Ingestion is not recommended for anyone taking medications, and only recommended when the label indicates safe for ingestion as dietary supplement. Always consult your physician. Information provided on this website is never intended as medical advice. While we try to provide as much information as possible to assist you on your journey, you are responsible for use. Please check back frequently as our website is constantly changing with the influx of new data and resources.
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