What are essential oils?
Essential oils are the volatile fluid inside of plants. Some experts consider them the life, or essence, of the plant. It’s what gives plants their fragrance, and their wonderful, natural ability to fight infections and diseases, heal themselves, repair damaged tissue, and rid themselves of toxic substances and free radicals.
What makes essential oils so remarkable?
Their potency, volatility, and versatility.
Essential oils are 100 to 10,000 times more concentrated (potent) than herbs, which is why you'll see faster and better results when using them. It takes ~5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce 1 pint of rose essential oil, and for every ton of grapefruit you get ~1.5 pounds of oil.
Atmospheric pressure is all that is required to begin changing essential oils from a liquid into a gas (volatility). In gaseous form, they can be breathed in and drawn through your limbic system, quickly and profoundly impacting your mind and emotional state. The chemical nature of oils allows them to be quickly absorbed and pass rapidly through biological barriers and into your bloodstream and critical tissues without going through the normal digestive pathways.
Essential oils can be used therapeutically as aromatics, by ingesting them, or by applying them topically (versatility). They can be effective by themselves (singles), or mixed with other oils (blends). They can also help neutralize toxins, take the place of harmful chemicals, and enhance the effects of other positive substances in household, personal care, and nutritional products.
What can essential oils be used for?
Essential oils can be used for almost anything imaginable. They don’t just treat symptoms, they help keep your physical, emotional, and mental bodies working optimally. Often while taking or using essential oils people will see many other improved benefits they had not been expecting.
Using essential oils you can make your own all-natural, non-toxic products, replacing everything from beauty products to medication to cleaning supplies.
How can essential oils be used?
There are 3 ways to apply essential oils: topically, aromatically, and internally. The way you apply oils will vary depending on your need. You will find information on each bottle explaining the best way to use that particular oil.
Apply directly on your “problem area” (skin irritation, insect bite, cuts and scrapes, etc.) Some oils / skin types might require dilution with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil.
Lots of oils can be rubbed on your feet, hands, temples, back of your neck, and behind your ears for comfort and relaxation, or to support the various systems in your body (dilute as needed).
Diffusing oils into a room is especially effective for emotional issues and mental clarity.
Smelling oil straight from the bottle is another aromatic use.
Put a drop of oil into your hands, rub them together, and then cup your hands over your nose and/or mouth and breathe deeply for 2 minutes.
Drop a few drops of oil into a capsule and take it by mouth with a full glass of water.
Drop a few drops of oil into non-iced water, a smoothie, tea, or juice (always use glass or stainless steel, never plastic).
Use various oils when you're cooking - cinnamon, clove, lime, lemon, peppermint, oregano, and thyme are all delicious!