Essential Oils were man’s first medicine, they are not new! They are highly complex, containing hundreds of chemical constituents. This complexity cannot be replicated in a lab.
Essential Oils are the lifeblood of the plant. They carry oxygen and nutrients into the cells of the plant and waste out. They have very small molecules which can enter our bloodstream via the skin or the olfactory system and lungs (inhalation). Essential Oils are usually derived from a process called steam distillation. In order to get pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, the distillation process must be done at low temperatures and low pressure. Factors such as weather, farming practices and distillation practices can impact the therapeutic properties and safety of the oil.
Essential Oils can be made using a “fast and cheap” method of production, which can yield sweet smells but little therapeutic benefits. Many essential oils on the market today are low grade oils, meant as a fragrance and sold with an appealing price tag. Buyer beware! Labels can say “pure” or “organic” if the bottle contains low grade, or synthetic oils. Know what is in your bottle and keep your family safe!
Essential Oil Usage:
There are three ways to use an essential oil. The first is through inhalation, just smell them! By inhaling an oil, you are not just smelling a pleasing aroma. The molecules are entering your body and can have a dramatic impact on your health and respiratory system. Imagine how you feel if you have a cough and inhale some eucalyptus.
You can inhale essential oils by using a diffuser. Make sure you get a good quality diffuser. Cheap plastics break down when using good quality essential oils. You also want a cool mist diffuser, do not heat up your oils in an oil warmer. Cool mist diffusers are safer for the whole family and most beneficial to your health.
You can also inhale oils by adding a drop to the palm of your hand and cupping your hands over your nose, inhale deeply! Try mixing some Young Living Lavender essential oil with epsom salts and adding them to the bath.
The second way to use essential oils is through topical application. Dilution ratios are on the label so follow those to avoid skin discomfort. Dilution is especially important when using oils that are considered hot, or when using oils on children or sensitive skin. If any discomfort occurs, do not wash with water. Add more carrier oils and start low and slow on your body. This means use small amounts on the bottoms of your feet and allow your body to adjust to the oils. The bottoms of the feet are the safest place to put an oil!
The third way to use essential oils in ingestion. Always read and follow labels correctly. I would NEVER ingest an oil that wasn’t Young Living! Young Living has a line of oils approved as safe for ingestion by Health Canada called the Plus oils. These are great as food flavourings. Try adding a drop of Lemon Plus to a glass of water each day!