What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils have been used since early-recorded history to support health and wellness. The ancient Egyptians used many essential oils as medicine, and their recipes are recorded in the hieroglyphics. There are 188 references to the use of essential oils in the Bible. Today, essential oils are considered by many to be the leading edge of natural medicine.
Essential oils have been documented, through research to be anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, immune supporting, regenerative. They are relaxing, uplifting, enhance clarity of thought, and support emotional well-being, Each essential oil contains several to several hundred different kinds of molecules, each of which offers benefits in promoting good health, healing, and regeneration. The more oils we use, the healthier we get.
They can be applied to the skin, diffused in the air, added to bath water, added to food and drinking water, and the doctors in the European medical community prescribe oils to be taken internally, in addition to or in place of pharmaceutical medications.
When essential oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed easily, and are carried by the bloodstream to every cell in the body within minutes. They increase oxygen uptake, enhance absorption of nutrients, enhance longevity, and help our bodies detoxify. By simply inhaling therapeutic grade oils, we can uplift our mood and increase our feeling of peacefulness and well-being.
Essential oils are very concentrated plant extracts. A single drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. 5,000 pounds of rose petals are required to distill 1 pound of pure rose oil, making it one of the most precious and expensive oils on the market. The amount of plant material required for distilling explains why some oils are more expensive than others. And yet, since we only use a small amount of essential oils at a time, even oils that are expensive are often considered to be very economical.
Historically, essential oils have been used as food flavoring, in air fresheners, veterinary preparations, and for other industrial uses, so the quality of the oils was not important. Today, when using essential oils as a natural support to health and wellness, purity is absolutely critical. Since 95% of the worldʼs essential oils are created for industrial use. Many of the oils found on the market, even in health food stores, are of low quality.
An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil" are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color. Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.
Essential oils are not the same as perfume or fragrance oils. Where essential oils are derived from the true plants, perfume oils are artificially created fragrances or contain artificial substances and do not offer the therapeutic benefits that essential oils offer.
The chemical composition and aroma of essential oils can provide valuable psychological and physical therapeutic benefits. These benefits are usually achieved through methods including inhalation and application of the diluted oil to the skin. They are often used by diluting them with a carrier oil (sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil) and then applying this blend to the skin for absorption.
Careful inhalation of the oils can also provide therapeutic benefit as the oil molecules enter the lungs and are absorbed into the bloodstream.
Essential oils can vary greatly in quality and price. Factors that can affect the quality and price of the oil include the rarity, the country of origin and growing/climate conditions, quality standards of the distiller, and how much oil is produced by the botanical.
Essential oils can often be purchased as blends of several essential oils. The advantage if it is a blend of pure essential oils is that you can save from having to buy every essential oil individually. The disadvantage is that you have no control over the blend by not mixing it yourself nor can you reliably mix the blend with other oils.
The following are some of my favorite oils.
Thieves Essential Oil is an excellent blend of essential oils that is specifically designed to support the body's natural defenses*. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities.
Did you know that Thieves oil was developed based on the ingredients found in the "Four Thieves Vinegar" or "Marseilles Vinegar"? The vinegar was first prepared by thieves that worked in the spice industry and robbed graves to generate income in the 15th century.
Thieves essential oil is definitely one of my favorite essential oil blends and I will not leave home without it! A day doesn't go by that I don't use Thieves for something!
Did you know diffusing Thieves Essential Oil can Support a Healthy Immune System and Energize Your Body? Diffuse it in the home or office year round to promote wellness*! Make sure you keep it handy when you are traveling.
Make your own homemade cleaning products or air freshener from Thieves. In a spray, it is fantastic for freshening and elimination odors in rooms, especially the bathroom.
What is in Thieves Essential Oil?
There are five different essential oils in Thieves. They are listed below along with a brief description of each oil.
- Clove Essential Oil (Syzygium aromaticum) promotes a healthy immune response, and may support overall wellness.* An important ingredient in Young Living's Thieves blend, its principal constituent is eugenol.
- Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) Lemon consists of 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant; and may be beneficial for the skin. It has cleansing and purifying properties. Jean Valnet MD estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of oil!
- Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (Cinnamomum verum) The essential oil promotes a healthy immune response, and helps maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen.*
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus radiata) may support a healthy respiratory system*; and to soothe muscle discomfort after exercise.
- Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis CT cineol) was one of the most broadly used plants throughout the ages. Supports a healthy lifestyle regimen and overall well-being*. Rosemary includes the naturally occurring constituents eucalyptol and alpha-pinene.
Purification oil is actually a blend of Lemongrass, Citronella, Rosemary, Lavandin, Myrtle, and Melaleuca essential oils. It’s famous for being gentle on skin. It’s practical and useful.
Diffusing Purification oils helps clear the air of bad smells. Even just putting tissues with a few drops of Purification Oil near an air vent will help clean the air coming out!
Support Healthy Skin
Purification oil is a nice dabber on skin. Combine it with coconut oil for vibrant skin.
Enjoy the outdoors Annoyance Free
Purification Oil makes for an excellent spray to enjoy the outdoors annoyance free. Take a pinch of salt, 5 drops Purification and fill a 2 oz spray bottle with distilled water.
Homemade odor eaters
Place a few drops of Purification essential oil on some cotton balls and place them inside the toes of your shoes. The odors will dissipate naturally.
I add 5 drops of Purification to every washer load!
Put a few drops of Purification in your dryer and your clothes will smell amazingly fresh!
INSECT BITES AND RASHESApply to insect bites and rashes. This works amazingly for poison ivy and poison oak. I've used on brown recluse bites.
Release Essential Oil is a very effective blend for releasing negative memories that are stored on a cellular level. This oil is also very useful in releasing anger and other negative emotions.
What is in Release Essential Oil Blend? There are five different oils in Release Blend. They are listed below along with a brief description of each oil.
- Blue Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum annuum) has a slightly sweet and herbaceous aroma. It combats anger and negative emotions.
- Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata) has a long history in skin and hair care products, particularly in Asia, where it is used to promote healthy, luxuriant hair*. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.
- Geranium Essential Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) helps you relax and beatify your skin! Used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems, a great deal of its strength lies in its ability to revitalize body tissues.*
- Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum album) is calming and emotionally balancing and is used to ease stress and unwind. Also called Aloes.
- Lavandin Essential Oil (Lavandula x hybrid) has a higher ester and camphor level than Lavender, may have the same calming effect.
- Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum paniculatum) isemotionally balancing and grounding. It is valued for its skin moisturizing properties.
Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus paradisi) Rich in d-limonene, it is nourishing to the skin;and may help with a feeling of satiety*. Traditionally cleansing to the mind and body.
- Tangerine Essential Oil (Citrus reticulata) contains esters and aldehydes that are calming. Rich in d-limonene it helps to maintain a healthy lifestyle regimen.
- Spearmint Essential Oil (Mentha spicata) Rich in carvone and d-limonene, may help calm occasional nausea*. Blend with Peppermint oil for digestive system support*. May support respiratory health*.
- Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) consists of 68 percent d-limonene. It has cleansing and purifying properties. It takes 75 lemons to create one 15 ml bottle of lemon therapeutic grade oil.
- Blue Cypress Essential Oil (Callitris intratropica) It has historically been used to support healthy respiratory system*; and traditionally been used for incense, perfume and embalming. Traditionally the aboriginal burned the wood to repel mosquitoes and midges! Its benefits also include supporting the body’s natural response to irritation as well as aiding normal breathing.
- Davana Essential Oil (Artemisia pallens) It helps ease stressful feelings and nervousness.
- Kaffir Lim (Citrus Hystrix) contains aldehydes and esters that have calming properties.
- Ocotea Essential Oil (Ocotea quixos) is a unique therapeutic grade oil that helps aid the body's natural response to irritation and injury. From the cinnamon family. Ocotea also has natural cleansing and purifying properties.
- Jasmine Essential Oil (Jasminum officinale) as a wonderful aroma that relieves stress and uplifts the mind and body! It is also beneficial for the skin and supportive of women's challenges*. It has been used throughout history for romance and attraction and for balancing the feminine energy of the body.
- German Chamomile Essential Oil (Matricaria recutita) made from german chamomile flowers contains chamazulene, a compound studied for its ability to support the body’s natural response to irritation and injury. It clears the mind and creates patience and peace.
- Rose Otto Essential Oil (Rosa damascena) hhas an intoxicating aroma that eases stress! It supports healthy skin.
The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems.
The various health benefits of lavender essential oil include the following:
Bug Repellent: The smell of lavender essential oil is potent for many types of bugs like mosquitoes, midges, and moths. Apply some of the lavender oil on the exposed skin when outside to prevent these irritating bites. Furthermore, if you do happen to be bitten by one of those bugs, the lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory qualities that will reduce the irritation and the pain associated with bug bites.
Sleep: Lavender essential oil induces sleep which has made it a common recommendation for an alternative treatment of insomnia. Frequent studies on elderly patients have shown an increase in their sleep regularity when their normal sleep medication is replaced with some lavender essential oil being placed on their pillows. It has such a relaxing impact on people that it can often replace modern medicine for sleep issues.
Nervous system: Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and anxiety issues. Therefore, it can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. It has a well-researched impact on the autonomic nervous system, which is why it is frequently used as a treatment for insomnia and also as a way to regulate heart-rate variability. One study showed that people taking tests showed a significant decrease in mental stress and anxiety, as well as increased cognitive function when they inhaled lavender oil and rosemary oil before taking the exam!
Acne: According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, lavender essential oil is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne. Lavender essential oil inhibits the bacteria that cause the initial infection, helps to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal manipulation, and can reduce the signs of scarring after the acne has begun to heal. Adding a small amount of lavender essential oil to other skin creams or ointments can greatly increase the potential for relief and healing.
Pain relief: Lavender essential oil is known as an excellent remedy for various types of pains including those caused by sore and tense muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, backache and lumbago. A regular massage with lavender oil can also provide relief from pain in the joints.
Urine flow: Lavender essential oil is good for urinary disorders because of its stimulating effect on urine production. Furthermore, it helps in restoring hormonal balance and reducing cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder. It also reduces any associated cramps with these and other disorders.
Respiratory disorders: Lavender oil is widely used for various respiratory problems including throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, whooping cough, laryngitis, and tonsillitis. The oil is either used in the form of vapor or is applied on the skin of the neck, chest and back. It is also added to many vaporizers and inhalers that are commonly used for colds and coughs. The stimulating nature of lavender essential oil can also loosen up the phlegm and relieve the congestion associated with respiratory conditions, speeding up the recovery process and helping the body naturally eliminate phlegm and other unwanted material. The vapor of lavender essential oil also has antibacterial qualities which can battle respiratory tract infections.
Hair Care: Lavender essential oil is useful for hair care because it has been shown to be very effective on lice, lice eggs, and nits. Furthermore, lavender essential oil has also been shown to be very helpful in the treatment of hair loss, particularly for patients who suffer from alopecia, an autoimmune disease where the body rejects its own hair follicles. A Sottish study reported that more than 40% of alopecia patients in the study reported an increase in hair growth when they regularly rubbed lavender essential oil into their scalp. Therefore, lavender oil is sometimes recommended as a preventative measure for male pattern baldness!
Blood Circulation: Lavender essential oil is also good for improving the circulation of blood in the body. Research suggests that aromatherapy using lavender oil has beneficial effects on coronary circulation. It also lowers blood pressure and is often used for hypertension. This means that not only do the organs increase their levels of oxygenation, promoting muscle strength and health, but brain activity can have a noticeable boost, skin remains bright and flushed with blood, and the body is protected from the risks of heart attack and artherosclerosis that is often associated with poor circulation.
Digestion: Lavender oil is useful for digestion because it increases the mobility of food within the intestine. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile, thus aiding in the treatment of indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea.