Essential Oils – A Primer
Mankind has benefited from essential oils for thousands of years. In 3000 BC, if one got sick, they turned to the forest for a cure. Over thousands of years, mankind came to understand the healing power of nature. Almost everything we need for good health grows naturally, without insecticides, herbicides or pesticides. Many people lost sight of the enormous healing power of the forest in more recent times
Essential Oils – A Brief History Lesson
According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests & alchemists used essential oils to heal the sick. Essential oils were considered more valuable than gold in many ancient cultures.
The Ancient Egyptians believed the sense of smell was the most important of all sensory abilities, more so than sight. They knew inhaling aromas amplified intrinsic “frequency” & transformation.
The Bible refers to essential or anointing oils over 150 times. The word “anoint” comes from the Latin word inunctus and it means “to smear with oil”, to make a person sacred, to set them apart & to dedicate them to serve a higher spiritual purpose.
The Chinese culture used essential oils for healing as far back as 3000 B.C., as proven by the discovery of Shen Nong Shi’s herbal book, the oldest surviving medical book in China.
The Arabians, amassed a thriving frankincense trade in 500 B.C. where supply & demand was so high the trade route became famously known as “Frankincense Trail.”
The Greek & Roman cultures adopted their healing methods from the Egyptians. One of the most well-known physicians of all time, Hippocrates, was a firm believer in treating his patients holistically.
Today, due to impressive clinical studies and astounding results, essential oils and aromatherapy are now mainstream. This alternative & holistic health care venue is in ever-growing demand because today’s consumers are far more discerning about the importance of using toxic free & organic methods of healing.
Essential oils: the oldest form of medicine known to man
Essential oils are subtle, aromatic liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark &/or roots of trees, herbs, bushes & shrubbery through distillation. In the craft of alchemy, the soul of a plant is its oil, while its spirit is the plant’s alcohol or tincture.
Each essential oil is vital to its native plant. The essential oil of the plant acts as the plantʼs immune system, fighting against molds, funguses, viruses, bacteria & other issues that can harm or kill the plant. Essential oils protect humans the same way.
How Do Essential Oils Work?
The University of Minnesota found essential oils work by entering the body in three ways: inhalation, absorption through application to the skin, & ingestion. 1000‘s of clinical studies have concluded essential oils have a physiological and psychological affect the body.
Inhalation of an essential oil is done through the nose or mouth. For example inhaling eucalyptus oil can reduce a cough & inhaling peppermint oil can reduce a headache. Often, essential oils are put into a diffuser for superior inhalation. The olfactory system includes the organs & cells contributing to the sense of smell. When we inhale, airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs & almost immediately penetrate the brain. As we inhale the molecules they are also carried to the lungs & respiratory system. Thus, when an essential oil is inhaled it can affect several systems in the body. As Helen Keller notes, “”Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.”
Certain essential oils can be applied topically to the skin, including black pepper & ginger for the
reduction of arthritis pain. German Chamomile can be applied to the skin for the reduction of eczema. Our skin is somewhat permeable, therefore the active compounds in essential oils are absorbed, much like the ingredients in hormone creams, birth control patches & nicotine patches. Caution should be taken as some oils are not approved for skin application &/or may adversely interact with sun exposure.
Sometimes essential oils can be swallowed however, Ingesting essential oils is NOT recommended unless you consult a trained health care professional. A higher level of knowledge and expertise is necessary for safe ingesting. The ingestion of essential oils is not a common practice in the
USA. Furthermore there are no clinical studies to validate internal use as being more effective than inhalation and/or skin application of essential oils. All clinical studies to date indicate the opposite; use of essential oils through the skin and through inhalation (via a diffuser) provides far greater therapeutic benefit over oral ingestion.
APPLIED KNOWLEDGE EQUALS POWER
Now you know why & how essential oils work, yet there’s one last important fact to keep in mind; the “why & how” are only possible when high frequency, therapeutic grade, USDA certified organic oils are used. Many oils on the market today have been redistilled and have lost their therapeutic value. They are food grade flavorings and not therapeutic grade essential oils.
A Word Of Caution
Not All USDA Organic Oils Are Therapeutic Grade Oils: Oils labeled ‘organic’ are not automatically ensured to be Therapeutic, Clinical or Aromatherapy Grade because distillers are producing flavors for the food industry and they are using high pressure heat when redistilling oils (therefore producing non-therapeutic grade oils). Essanté Organics single oils are USDA Organic and Therapeutic Grade, a rare differentiating factor that allows our oils to be clinically superior to all others.
Toxins And Our Environment
Since 1985, over 20,000 new chemicals have been introduced and are soaking our environment, our children and you. And yes! the FDA and EPA allow it. These industries are, to a great extent, unregulated. To learn more about toxins in your home and body and your children, check out The Toxic Truth. The magnitude of the problem will astound you.
Another great source of information is a “Stop The Soak“, a free guide to how you can protect you and your family from all the toxins that are assaulting you in your home, bath and spa products
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