Have you been thinking that there’s gotta be a better way to feel better and BE better than the dependency of taking synthetic drugs?
Maybe in some form of a natural alternative?
Essential oils or aromatherapy perhaps? But don’t know much about it or where to start? Or wondering, do essential oils really work?
Well, you have come to the right place.
I, personally, have been using essential oils for over ten years now, and I think it was easy for me to be an immediate user because I was a science teacher. I understood the science behind it.
But don’t worry! It’s really not difficult to understand.
There are, however, lots of information out there about the different oils and what they can do. There are lots of information to sort through.
And so with this blog, I will talk about DO essential oils really work, and with this site, my greatest wish is to share with you in laymen’s term what essential oil is and how it can help you achieve your optimal health and well-being. The goal of this site is to create a convenient location for you to come back to in your journey in learning and using essential oils. In future posts, I will share more detail usage information for each specific oil, reviews, and recipes for oil blends that you can create to customize to your needs. So, don’t forget to subscribe so that you will receive notification of future posts.
So let’s begin, our essential oil journey together…….
WHAT is Essential Oil? And WHAT is Aromatherapy?
And DO essential oils REALLY work?
What is Essential Oil?
Essential oil is the extraction of the purest essence of a plant. Not all plants produce essential oil. An essential oil may be found in the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or fruits of a plant. Did you know that it takes 220 pounds of lavender to create one pound of lavender oil?
What is Aromatherapy?
Some of us associate aromatherapy as to smelling nice. But, Aromatherapy goes beyond smelling nice……some scent may actually be a turn off for certain individual……or that thinking inhaling is the only methodology in using essential oils is actually incorrect. I will write another post about the various methods for using essential oil.
So what is then aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the practice of using plant materials or essential oils to improve one’s wellbeing. Aromatherapy is a form of a natural alternative. It is a practice used to promote better psychological health and physical wellness.
Did you know that using essential oil for better health dates back thousands of years? And that the “aromatherapy” term was only coined in the 20th century by a French chemist and perfumist, Rene Gattefosse, who studied essential oils.
The Chinese culture may have been the first to use the essence of aromatic plants to balance the body and improve health by burning the plants to release the oils. The Egyptians extracted the oils from plants by using distillation methods. Today, there are over 90 recognized essential oils in existence. WOW, that’s an arsenal of remedies!
How does it work?
Essential oils are the plants’ natural solutions to infection control, humidity control, hormonal effects, wound healing, and attracting or repelling insects, birds, and animals. All of the plant’s evolutionary know-hows are collected in its essence…..its oil.
One impressive thing that I imparted with my biology student was that we humans have 46 chromosomes…….and if you can remember back to when you had biology…..
chromosome is made of DNA…..
AND that some species of plants have as many as 300 chromosomes!
Take the peppermint plant as an example, depending on the species, it can have as many as 120 chromosomes! That’s a lot of DNA information!
And so by using essential oils, we are transferring the plant’s know-hows in warding off infections, in healing, in hormonal balance, to repelling pests!
Even early chemists and pharmaceutical companies looked towards plants for medicinal solutions. One of the earliest synthetic drug came about from chemists who produced a chemical drug that mimiced the chemical found in a plant.
Will it Work for Me?
Think of oils as you would a dietary supplement; when you use supplements, you are giving your body the nutrients it needs to function properly.
While there are differences from person to person in usage preference, it is generally accepted that using oils consistently is a key to getting your desired results and as long as the oils are used safely.
What One Needs to Know Before Starting
The oils you use matter. Using low-quality, altered, or synthetic essential oils dramatically increases the possibility of sensitivity or reactions and decreases the effectiveness of the oil. When using a potent, pure oil, only a small dose will be required to deliver significant benefits. Just as you shouldn’t take more than the recommended dose of vitamins or minerals, essential oils are potent and a very small dose is more than sufficient. Note, fragrances are not essential oils. Fragrances and other non-pure oils, made with preservatives and even chemical ingredients, are not high-quality aromatherapy products and could be harmful to some people.
Take a look at the many ways to use individual essential oils, and you’ll see that many benefits are similar. However, changing up the oils you use rather than sticking to one or two can be beneficial, just like having variety in your diet. This also allows you to discover which oils work best with your body’s chemistry for the benefits you want.
Some oils are incredibly potent, like the phenols and aldehydes groups (Cassia, Oregano, to name a few). These are known as “hot oils” and should always be diluted. Dilution is an excellent method to use with any oil to increase the surface area and slow down absorption to prevent any possible sensitivities. I will write another post about dilution ratios and carrier oils to use.
Young children and the elderly will require special precautions when using essential oils. Their skin is typically more delicate and sensitive; in these cases, appropriate dilution modifications or essential oil substitutions for less strong oils (like Spearmint instead of Peppermint) can be made.
So Your Journey Begins…..
There is so much more you can do with essential oils. You can use it for your home such as organic cleaner and disinfectants. A few drops of lemon oil to a bowl of fresh water can clean fruits and vegetables. Or add a few drops of your favorite oil to a load of laundry.
In order to gain the most benefit from using essential oils, it is important the oils are truly natural and pure.
I am glad you have found your way here, and that you are on a path to better health and well-being for you and for your family! Because once you know about the oils, you’ll want to share!
I know I did, and so will you!