WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS AND HOW CAN THEY HELP ME?
While essential oils are becoming “trendy” today, a more appropriate moniker would be “vintage.” And by “vintage” we mean really, very, very, very, very old. These powerful tools have been around for centuries and have historically been touted as more precious than gold. Records dating back to 4500BC describe the use for religious rituals and medical applications. Many hieroglyphics on the walls of Egyptians temples depict the blending of oils and describe numerous oil recipes. The Romans used essential oils to purify their temples and added to steam baths to invigorate themselves and maintain optimal health. The Bible contains over 200 references to aromatics and ointments. The Ebers Papyrus, a medical scroll over 870 feet long that dates back to 1500BC includes over 800 different herbal prescriptions and remedies.
Somewhere, somehow during the advent of modern western practices in the last century, what was the historical go-to for mankind since the beginning of time fell from popularity. Thankfully for us, essential oils are making a comeback as millions of health conscious people have rediscovered the how they can support a healthy and happy lifestyle.
So, what is an essential oil?
An essential oil is that aromatic, volatile liquid that is within many shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds and is usually extracted through steam distillation.
The chemistry of an essential oil is very complex and may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. Essential oils are highly concentrated and far more potent than dried herbs because of the distillation process that makes them so concentrated. It requires a large volume of plant material to produce small amounts of distilled essential oil. For example, it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce 1 pint of rose oil.
The essential oil can be from 100 – 10,000 more times concentrated, and therefore more potent than the herb itself. Even though they are many times more potent than natural herbs, essential oils very rarely generate any negative side effects, which carries profound implications for those wanting to maintain their health naturally.
Essential oils are not simple substances. Each oil is a complex structure of hundreds of different chemicals. A single essential oil may contain anywhere from 80 – 300 or more different chemical constituents. An essential oil like lavender is very complex with many of its constituents occurring in minute quantities – but all contributing to the oil’s therapeutic effects to some degree.
The ability of essential oils to act on both the mind and the body is what makes them truly unique among natural therapeutic substances. The fragrance of some essential oils can be very stimulating – both psychologically and physically. The fragrance of other essential oils may be calming and sedating.
Essential oils can inspire a positive emotional state, enhance your physical wellness, purify your home, refine your skin, create deep spiritual awareness, and so much more.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, our experience has proven that these oils are not only safe and extremely effective but something we just can’t imagine living without. We’re guessing by now you want some too! That’s easy to do, just come on over and GET SOME.
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