There are many gifts of the earth we receive daily, air, water, food, life and what about health? There is a gift from the earth for our health and that gift is found in essential oils. Essential oils are the plants natural immune system against bacteria, viruses, and diseases. Our bodies and plants have very similar building blocks. So, when we use essential oils aromatically, topically and internally they are in a familiar environment and go to work on our behalf, just as they would for the plant, giving our bodies the tools it needs to heal itself.
Major civilizations recognized the capabilities of Essential Oils. Egyptian grave robbers would often steal the Essential Oils instead of the gold. Some of the first medical records from china show the use of Essential Oils. Frankincense and Myrrh were brought to baby Jesus. Essential Oils were used throughout the dark ages for their anti-bacterial benefits. In WWII, they were successfully used to help injured soldiers. Today Essential Oils are being studied extensively. Essential oils support our bodies mentally, physically, emotionally, and environmentally.
Essential oils are naturally safe and have few, if any, undesirable side effects when used as directed. They are highly concentrated and should be used with care. Be sure to used only pure essential oils. Follow all label warnings and instructions. Essential oils should never be used in the eyes or inside the ear canal. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply vegetable oil such as Fractionated Coconut oil to the affected area - water will not dilute essential oils. Consult your physician if you are pregnant or under a physician’s care.
As research surrounding essential oils continue to develop, a greater understanding of application methods is now understood. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically to the skin, or *taken internally as a dietary supplement.
Essential oils smell good and can be used as deodorizer or freshen up the home, but they can also uplift mood and energize the senses.
In the same way that harmful compounds, such as chemical cleaners or gases can be absorbed into our blood stream through inhalation, so can the positive properties of essential oils. Essential oils are also processed by the olfactory bulb and the limbic system, the same system that processes thoughts, memories, and emotions, which can help us feel calm, encouraged, and relaxed.
Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.
You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.
Additional aromatic uses For Essential Oils Include:
Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.
Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption.
Carrier oils such as Fractionated Coconut oil, jojoba, or Sweet Almond are also a good idea to use to decrease skin sensitivity. It is a good idea to use a carrier oil with more potent or “hot” oils like Oregano essential oil or any essential oil used for the first time. It is recommended to always use a carrier oil with children. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.
It's advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for everyone based on size, age, and overall health status.
Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils
Methods of Topical Application
Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:
Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh oregano leaves to your spaghetti, you are consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds. Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits.
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils used internally are a safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies. When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Like all things, we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver, other organs and excreted.
The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Although these mechanisms of action are not completely understood, the positive end results have been demonstrated.
The body is only equipped to handle appropriate doses of essential oils. Proper dosing per labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity. Consult your physician if you are pregnant or under a physician’s care before using as a dietary supplement.
Methods of Internal Application