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What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are herbs, or botanicals, that are distilled down into liquid form. It can take hundreds of pounds of one particular plant to create a 10mL bottle of essential oil. Very little goes a very long way, and one drop contains a wide assortment and quantity of chemical constituents. And why are these chemical constituents so healthy? Well, it comes down to biology and the plant's ability to protect itself from predators and nature. The very compounds that protect a plant from insects and animals, or attract bees, or protect the plant by their anti fungal and antimicrobial nature are the same compounds that keep us healthy and thriving. A plant's defensive mechanisms equate to a human's health supplement.
The chemical constituents in these oils have been found to have numerous health benefits from their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties to their ability to reduce pain, stop headaches, promote sleep, regulate hormones, reduce stress and anxiety, lower rates of depression, aid in wound care, boost fertility, and more. The list goes on and on, and if you didn't believe in their efficacy before, why not read that list back to yourself again.
How To Use Essential Oils
We may understand their numerous health benefits, but how do you translate a drop or two of essential oils into lasting health? How do you even use these botanicals? Good question.
Essential oils have been used a variety of ways including aromatherapy, topical application and ingestion (I do not recommend ingesting essential oils!). Probably the most popular method of use is aromatherapy. Placing several drops into an essential oil diffuser will disperse the aroma and oils into the air and provide a Martha Stewart approved scented home. But this is only the beginning. While breathing in your favorite lavender or peppermint scent you are also breathing in their benefits. It's believed that the inhalation of the essential oils stimulates the part of your brain connected to smell, otherwise known as the olfactory system. A signal is then sent to the limbic system which controls your emotions and memories, and then you feel relaxed, calm and enlightened (well, maybe.)
When used topically, the oils are absorbed into your skin and bloodstream, much like the popular nicotine patches or hormone creams. Anything you apply on your skin will eventually be absorbed into your body, so you might as well make it of medicinal value. However, you must be careful. Due to the strength and potency of essential oils, you may find yourself allergic to some. It's generally recommended to mix the oils with what's called a carrier. Carrier oils are used as a safeguard against the potential harm an essential oil may have on your skin. Carriers which work well include coconut oil, almond oil, and even olive oil. Mix 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil with around 1 teaspoon of your favorite carrier. Voila! You've just made a hemorrhoid cream!
Ingesting a few drops of essential oils here and there is another popular method which I do not at all endorse. This should be left to the experts, and novices should stay far, far away. The potency of the oils are too dangerous and can cause a variety of allergic reactions. If you don't know how you'll react, just don't do it! If you really want to ingest these oils, find an expert who knows their stuff, it's serious business.
Essential oils are a fantastic way to prevent disease and promote health. A daily regimen of aromatherapy, creating creams and salves, or even using your favorite essential oil as a cleaning product can elevate your health to another level. We live in a time where we have literally everything at our fingertips, excessive amounts of information, and a deluge of facts. But when it comes to our health it seems like going back to nature is the safest and most effective preventative health measure. So why not take a chance? Side effects include; smelling better, cleaner air, and better health.