Essential oils are FAR more than just hippie nonsense – in fact, they are one of the most powerful tools on the planet for optimal health. Below are the top 5 reasons why essential oils are ESSENTIAL and you should consider adding them into your daily life.
First, what are essential oils? Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in the seeds, stem, flowers, and rinds of plants. Often called the “life blood” of the plant, they help protect it from threats and also help the plant reproduce. They are in essence the plants own medicine.
Since essential oils come from plants, they are made from similar building blocks to our body. This means our body recognizes and can easily metabolize them. The use of plant-based herbs and oils dates back thousands of years when they were used for hygiene purposes, spiritual rituals, and perfumes. In fact Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, used oregano oil in his practice and oils were also used on soldiers in World War II.
2. They Penetrate Cell Walls
Essential oils are made up of very small molecules that can easily pass through cell walls.
There is also evidence that essential oils can cross the blood-brain barrier and aid in supporting healthy brain health and functioning, which is one of the many reasons they are being studied extensively.
3. They are Dynamic and Multi-Purpose
There is an essential oil for everything! They can be used to support health, improve mood, clean your house, improve sleep, care for your pets, babies, children and so much more! Look for future DIY blog posts from us on how you can make your own non-toxic beauty and cleaning products (and save money!).
4. Essential Oils Work on the Physical and Emotional Body
PHYSICALLY: Essential oils are made of hundreds of chemical constituents, which have properties that support the human body holistically. They work on the ‘root cause’ and strengthen the immune system, bringing the body back into homeostasis. Another unique aspect is that they can bypass digestion by being applied transdermally (on the skin). This is great news because you don’t have to rely on the digestive system for the oils to be beneficial!
EMOTIONALLY: Essential oils directly impact brain chemistry. They enter the limbic system, which is responsible for mood and memory and promote a sense of total well-being. Have you ever smelled some cookies or gotten a whiff of someone’s perfume and it reminded you of someone or somewhere? Scents elicit memory and emotion.
5. Essential Oils are Potent
In fact, they are 50-70 times more potent than herbs! Oils are very concentrated and sometimes it can take acres of plant material to make just one gallon of pure oil.
Here are some interesting facts about peppermint essential oil for example:
- 1 drop of peppermint oil = 28 cups of peppermint tea
- Peppermint oil is made of over 200 chemical constituents
- Essential oils are adaptogenic in the body always supporting balance and homoestasis
Time to get your oil on! Essential oils can be used in multiple ways – they can be used aromatically with a diffuser, applied topically on your body or even taken internally (only if they have a supplement facts label on the bottle). Visit essential-essentials.com to learn more.
Essential oils are extremely potent, so it’s important to remember to dilute them for babies, children and small pets. Be aware of skin sensitivities and dilute with any carrier oil if you have a reaction. Pregnant and nursing women need to consult an aroma expert or reference book to see what oils are safe for use. We recommend only using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils (CPTG).