The Shocking Truth About Essential Oils You Haven’t Heard
For countless centuries, herbs and various plants were widely understood to have tremendous healing properties.
But with the advent of the modern age and its medical breakthroughs, many people have lost touch with this basic understanding of ancient healing. Nowadays, however, it’s getting a resurgence in the form of essential oils. Essential oils are everywhere; if you follow any blogs, you will find them in DIY, survival, natural health, and mommy blogs…and they all swear by their health benefits, despite much of modern medicine being against their claims.
And yet, it works for them. And they say it can work for you too. So do these herbs and plants in liquid form really work, or is it all just a bunch of “woo-woo”?
Just what Exactly are Essential Oils?
First, let’s define some things! Basically, essential oils are the highly concentrated physical properties of flowers and plants. Through a process of distillation, the oils are extracted from its flowers, branches, leaves, or even roots. These concentrated oils exhibit therapeutic properties- physical and mental.
The most common groups of chemical components found in essential oils are terpenes, alcohols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, and phenols. All of these organic chemicals affect the smell. The antioxidant value in some essential oils alone is absolutely amazing; just an ounce of Patchouli has the antioxidant capacity of 450 lbs of carrots, 120 quarts of blueberries, or 48 gallons of beet juice. That’s pretty serious!
The Healing Mechanisms
There are 3 types of terpenes (one of the major organic chemicals) contained in essential oils:
Phenylpropanoids, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes. Here’s what they do.
This chemical literally cleans the receptor sites on cells, which in turn support a healthy body. Found in Clove (90%), Cassia (80%), Basil (75%), Cinnamon (73%), Oregano (60%), Anise (50%), Peppermint (25%).
Monoterpenes help break up mucus and act as a decongestant. They’re found in nearly all essential oils.
Sesquiterpenes can actually erase garbled information in cells by delivering more oxygen. It’s found in Cedarwood (98%), Vetiver (97%), Spikenard (93%), Sandalwood (Aloes) 90%, Black Pepper (74%), Patchouli (71%), Myrrh (62%), and Ginger (59%), Frankincense (8%).
There is Science Behind Essential Oils
Lots of people use essential oils for all kinds of purposes, but many swear by their health benefits. And with good reason!
Essential oils have very, very small molecules. There are approximately 40 million trillion molecules in one drop of essential oil (that’s approximately 40,000 molecules for each cell in the average human body). They are so small that they enter your body through the skin more easily than other types of topical creams and oils.
The same is true with the lungs, but when inhaling they actually disperse within the bloodstream and get carried throughout the entire body! Essential oils can be diffused, applied topically, added to your food, or added to your bath. Essential oils can easily work in all these ways at once, but many prefer to breathe it in.
Just a few drops of essential oil applied to the hands, wrists, feet, abdomen, or lower back can provide support for many functions in the body, depending what your needs are. Many oils also need to be diluted with a “carrier oil” such as coconut oil which serves as a base to add a few drops of essential oils to. Always use a carrier oil when using essential oils on babies and children since their skin is much more sensitive to the effects.
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