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 viruses and diseases and also help the plant reproduce. They are in essence the plants own medicine.
1. Essential Oils are 100% Natural
Since they come from plants, they are made from similar building blocks to our body. This means our body recognizes them and can easily metabolize them. Plant-based medicine dates back thousands of years. In fact Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, used essential oils in his practice.
Pharmaceuticals, on the other hand, are synthetic and full of harmful additives, such as mercury and petrochemicals. They certainly have their place and can be great for short-term use or treating an illness that has already presented itself, but they are fundamentally SICK-CARE… you don’t get one until something has already gone way wrong. Essential oils can help you stay healthy, avoiding the unpleasant side effects and drug dependencies that pharmaceuticals so often bring.
2. They can Penetrate Cell Walls
Essential oils are made up of very small molecules that can pass through cell walls. What does the doctor tell you to do when you have a virus? Go home, rest, drink fluids, and that they can’t prescribe you anything. The reason is because antibiotics are made of large molecules that can address bacterial infections (i.e., bronchitis), but are too large to penetrate cell walls to deal with viruses. (ANTIVIRALS)
Uses-for-lavender-essential-oilThere is also evidence that essential oils can cross the blood-brain barrier and aid in repairing brain health and functioning, which is why they are being studied extensively. To read more on the scientific studies, you can check out this resource: aromaticscience.com.
3. They are Dynamic and Multi-Purpose
There is an essential oil for everything! They can be used to care for ailments, improve mood, clean your house, sleep better, calm your pets, help your teething baby 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 have tons of properties – many are anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antispasmodic. They work on the ‘root cause’ of an ailment or condition and strengthen the immune system, correcting the body’s imbalance instead of just treating the symptom. Another unique aspect is that they can bypass digestion by being applied transdermally (on the skin). This is great news for people who have a compromised digestive system!
EMOTIONALLY: Essential oils directly impact brain chemistry. They enter the limbic system, which is responsible for mood and memory and promote a sense of 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 making it useful for 50+ ailments very dynamic (advil has only two constituents for example)
Essential oils are adaptogenic in the body – for example, if you have diarrhea or constipation, you would apply peppermint oil to the stomach and lick a drop to find relief
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).