What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots and flowers of plants.
Essential oils have been used throughout history. The Egyptians used them as medicine, as well as for religious ceremonies. Greeks used the oils in their practices of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy, and both Chinese and Indian cultures use herbs in their practice of Ayurveda.
How To Use Essential Oils
Essential oils that are Certified Therapeutic Grade (containing no synthetic ingredients) can be used three different ways:
Aromatically: The best way to use the oils in this way are with a low heat or no heat diffuser which does not change the chemical structure of the oil being used. Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. There are oils that can be very stimulating, while others are calming. Some oils have been shown to rid the air of odors and airborne pathogens.
Topically: Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and usually provide immediate benefit to the area applied. Because of their restorative and calming properties, they are used effectively in massage.
Internally: Essential oils can be used as dietary supplements and those to be taken internally MUST be labeled for internal use. Some oils have antioxidant properties while others help support healthy inflammatory responses.
There are so many benefits of using essential oils on a regular basis. Essential oils can help you relax or sleep better, aid with digestion or help with skin issues. It is important to check with a doctor before using any supplements and to make sure that you are using pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.