What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the both volatile ( meaning they evaporate ) and oil soluble (meaning they mix well with other oils and fats ) distilled from plants. Different parts of the plant may be used depending on where the particular healing properties are found - seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruits, etc.
Main Point to Understand Before Beginning.
It is absolutely necessary to obtain certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. No matter how costly pure certified oils may be, there can be no substitute. Labs can recreate some of the individual components, but cannot recreate complete essential oils. We must actively seek the most pure quality oils available. Anything less will not produce the desired effects and some can be dangerous.
Producing highest quality oils can be very expensive because it requires so much plant material to render such a small amount of oil. One pound of pure Melissa oil sells for up to $15,000 due to the fact that it takes three tons of plant material to produce a pound of oil.
Now To the Top Ten Reasons.
1.) They embody the regenerating, oxygenating, immune strengthening properties of the plant.
2.) These oils are so small in molecular size, that they absorb very quickly into the skin.
3.) Essential Oils are lipid soluble and have the ability to penetrate cell membranes, even if they are hardened due to oxygen deficiency. Essential oils can effect every cell in the body within 20 minutes and then be metabolized like nutrients.
4.) They contain oxygen molecules that help transport nutrients to starving cells. Because a nutritional deficiency is a oxygen deficiency, disease begins when cells lack oxygen for proper nutrient assimilation. By providing needed oxygen, essential oils work to stimulate the immune system.
5.) Essential oils are very powerful antioxidants, which create a very unfriendly environment for free radicals. They prevent mutations, work as free radical scavengers, prevent fungus, and prevent oxidation in the cells.
6.) Essential oils are the anti's - antibacterial,anticancer,antifungal,anti-infectious, antimicrobal, antitumor, antiparasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic. They preform these actions and simultaneously restore balance to the body.
7.) These oils can detoxify cells and blood.
8.) Essential oils containing sesquiterpenes have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier, enabling them to be an effective treatment for conditions like Alzheimer's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.
9.) Essential oils are aromatic. When diffused they provide air purification by:
- removing metallic particles & toxins from the air
- increasing atmospheric oxygen
- increasing ozone & negative ions in the area, which inhibits bacterial growth
- destroying odors from mold, cigarettes, and animals
- fills the air with fresh, natural aromatics
- Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion.
- Massage several drops of peppermint essential oil on the abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe the minor stomach discomfort associated with travel.
- Rub one drop of peppermint essential oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.
- Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
- Apply peppermint essential oil to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil, apply topically to your temples or neck, or put a drop on your tongue or in water to jump-start your morning routine.
- Diffuse or inhale peppermint essential oil mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
- Inhale peppermint essential oil or rub a drop on to your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
- Soothe minor burns by applying 2–3 drops of lavender essential oil to the affected area.
- Rub lavender essential oil on dry or chapped skin to moisturize the affected area.
- Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a cotton ball and place it in closets and drawers to scent linens and repel moths and insects.
- You may be able to minimize the appearance of scar tissue by massaging lavender essential oil on or around affected areas.
- Place a few drops of lavender essential oil on a wet cloth or dryer sheet to deodorize and freshen your laundry.
- Diffuse lavender essential oil to minimize seasonal discomforts.
- Rub a few drops of lavender essential oil onto your hand and spread over your child’s pillow to help him/her sleep.
- Diffuse lavender essential oil to set the mood for a baby shower or social gathering.
- Diffuse or inhale lavender essential oil to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a hard day’s work.