by Gillian Laing
If you’ve ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile, aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants, and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
The beauty of these oils is that they have similar building blocks to our bodies, and work beautifully with the body, to bring it back into balance! Essential oils are smart, they know what needs to be done to help create homeostasis, and can even help our immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses. They are nicknamed plant magic, or plant medicine.
Here are 6 benefits to using essential oils at home:
1) Essential oils reduce toxins from cleaning products.
So many skin disorders and respiratory issues stem from chemicals in laundry detergents, air fresheners, perfume, and cleaners. People are suffering from toxic overload which leads to all kinds of health concerns.
2) Essential oils increase energy levels.
Intensive studies have been conducted to reveal how the oils affect your emotions, which can affect so many different areas in our bodies, such as pain, which in turn affects energy levels.
3) Gain immunity and respiratory support.
Essential oils can act as a natural remedy for health issues such as congestion – which can lead to the development of the common cold. Instead of heading to the pharmacy for congestion relief, there are many essential oils that can boost your immune system and clear up your cold.
4) Combat digestive issues.
Essential oils can act as a natural way to combat bacteria, and heal gut issues that can impact the digestive system. Peppermint, for example, has been prescribed for people with IBS, an intestinal disorder marked by stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, and constipation, and it can help with regular digestion, too.
5) Sleep soundly.
Many studies have been conducted to assess and reveal the calming effects of oils such as lavender on sleep.
6) Relieve pain.
Certain essential oils are known to relieve sore muscles, tension, and swelling, and oils such as chamomile can alleviate pain and inflammation.
Natural health care usually doesn’t happen until people have a wake-up call. Millennials and health conscious people are waking up and are ready for a change, looking for options other than drugs. Essential oils have been used for centuries, so this form of healthcare is not new.
Every oil contains basic constituents (ingredients). For instance: lavender has nearly 100 constituents, and the main constituent, called Linalool, creates a very calm, sedated affect. It is best used on your skin for bites, burns, sleep disorders, and emotional support. One drop of lavender will take out the heat of a burn. When you add a filler or synthetic to an essential oil, you change the composition or pathway of what that oil is meant to do so, changing the benefits of that oil, and in turn, creating an adverse effect.
Not all essential oil companies are created equally, and there is no governing body that tests the oils before being sold on the shelves to make sure they are 100% pure. Testing, sourcing, transparency, heart-lead, and quality should be very important to the user when purchasing the oil. Most hospitals and health-care professionals chose dōTERRA, as they are the most trusted company, and the #1 EO company in the world.
There are 3 ways you can use essential oils:
Aromatically: Breathing in the oils using a diffuser, or just putting them in your hands and taking a breath.
Topically: Your skin is the largest organ and your largest body filter. Apply one or two drops of the oil topically, diluted with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil to avoid a rash. Diluting with a carrier oil creates a better absorption rate taking oil deeper into the body. You need to change up the number of drops depending on your age.
Internally: You can ingest most oils, but you want to make sure the brand you are using recommends taking them internally to avoid those harmful fillers or synthetics going into your body. You can either put a drop on your tongue, put them in a gel cap and swallow, or add them to your water (please use stainless steel or glass bottles). Children should not take oils internally.
The internet is a great place to do your research before you buy. Two sites that I would recommend are Aromatic Science, and PubMed. They both have lots of information about the many benefits of essential oils and how they can enhance your life.
For more information, please contact Gillian at firstname.lastname@example.org