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The essence (chemical makeup) that protects plants from harm (such as diseases and the environment), is found in the roots, leaves, bark, fruit, or flowers
Through high tech processes (like steam distillation or cold pressing), the essence is extracted and bottled. This aromatic and concentrated liquid is called an essential oil.
When extracted properly, the essence that protected the plant, also provides therapeutic qualities to the human body (physically, mentally, and emotionally).
This highly effective method, of diluting essential oils and rubbing them on the skin, allows the tiny essential oil molecules to be absorbed into the bloodstream. We are also benefiting from the essential oils aromatically, as that potent aroma travels up to the nose!
However, every body will respond differently and you’ll start to find what leaves your skin the most nourished.
A diffuser is a clever device to utilize the aromatic benefits of essential oils in the home, office, or even the car! Ultrasonic technology disperses essential oils and water into the air, as it purifies and neutralizes odors. Something else awesome? Diffusing essential oils may help with mood regulation!
Traveling, and there’s no diffuser nearby? No worries! Direct inhalation is a fantastic method for using essential oils.
You may either make an inhaler, or try one of these methods:
– Place 2 drops into the palm of your hand; rub with the other hand. Cup hands together over the nose and mouth and inhale deeply.
– Apply a few drops of essential oil to a cotton ball, tissue, or clay necklace, and inhale periodically.
– Add 2 drops of an essential oil to a bowl of hot (not boiling) water. Inhale the vapors that rise from the bowl. A towel can be placed over the head and bowl to increase the intensity of the vapors.
Here’s a quick overview of what therapeutic quality essential oils do:
pass through the blood-brain barrier
promote emotional wellness
purify the air
More than just a pretty aroma:
Though essential oils are touted as a pleasant perfume, they can actually be used as a perfume with purpose!
One interesting factor in aromatherapy (the use of essential oils to provide comfort in our daily lives), is that there are various therapeutic possibilities for each essential oil.
For example, one essential oil (let’s say, peppermint) may provide an invigorating atmosphere when diffused in the morning, comfort a late afternoon headache when inhaled from the bottle, and also ease digestive discomfort, from a late night raiding of the fridge, when applied topically.
The chemical structure of each essential oil varies from plant to plant (Don’t worry, you don’t need to understand the science to benfit from essential oils!), which is why the therapeutic value varies among essential oils. Factors such as plant part (leaves, fruit, flower…) and growing conditions (climate, soil, time of harvest…) determine each essential oil’s unique attributes and characteristics.
Starting gradually is a key to safety, when beginning to use essential oils in everyday activities.
While I am a certified aromatherapist, I am not your doctor or pharmasist. Consultation with your healthcare providers is always recommended. They are pretty cool people with a lot of information. Some even specialize in ways to incorporate essential oils & other natural products into your wellness regimen!
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