After our earlier article titled “Four (4) Ways to Use Essential Oil for Cleaning Your Home” was published, we have received many requests to share the basics of essential oils. We hear you! Hence, we are going back to essential oils 101 so that many more people can learn the right things about essential oils.
What are Essential Oils
Essential oils are the aromatic liquids found within shrubs, ﬂowers, trees, roots, bushes, resins, and seeds. These oils, also known as nature’s living energy, contain unique constituents that provide therapeutic results.
The liquids are essential to the vital processes of living plants, which is why they are called ‘essential’. The liquids defend the plants from insects, harsh environmental conditions, and diseases. They are also vital for the plants to grow, live, evolve and adapt to the surroundings.
On the same note, when essential oils are applied to human bodies, they can support the body to come back into balance without harmful side effects or chemical based products. But make sure that you use therapeutic grade essential oils, not perfume grade that contain harmful chemicals.
There is a huge difference between oils that “smell good” and therapeutic-grade essential oils. If the desired effect is not achieved when using essential oils, it is usually due to the fact that the oils are adulterated in some manner, whether by dilution, by improper distillation, or that the oil is a chemically created substitute.
Therapeutic grade Essential oils can immediately penetrate the skin and cell membranes. They can actually diffuse throughout the blood and tissues instantly in a matter of seconds! Oils cross the brain blood barrier and reach the amygdala and other limbic parts of the brain that control our mood, emotions and beliefs. So they can help us with our ability to handle stress, anger or any other emotion we are dealing with.
So, the next time you pick up a bottle of essential oil, be sure to ask for therapeutic grade essential oil.
In our next article, we shall talk about how essential oils are extracted from the plants. So stay tuned!