The Essence of Essential Oils

Where do essential oils originate from?

Essential oils come mostly from leaves, seeds, roots or resin of a plant. Their scent attracts insects or protects against bacteria and harmful fungi. Also us humans feel attracted to natural scents. Whether if it is an environmentally friendly room freshener, for chemical free cleaning or for preparing yummy dishes: Essential oils and their varsity spreads in all areas of life.

Essential oils are extracted through steam distillation. Their compounds are reserved and can be used in various ways. The citrus oils (e.g. lemon, orange, lime), however, are extracted by cold pressing the rind.

Especially the perfume industry has been inspired by extraction methods of oils. Unfortunately, often when producing industrial scents, precious compounds are being destroyed. The natural scents are stretched with alcohol and chemical additives, to offer low prices to the masses.

How to recognize pure essential oils?

In contrast to fatty oils, essential oils evaporate which is why you will find them as air fresheners or lung friendly alternatives to incense. Essential oils swim at the top when added to water. Because of their low density they are mostly not water soluble.

On the skin, with alcohol stretched oils often leave a burning sensation. When in doubt, a skin test can be used next to the smell test. Simply drop an oil on the back of your hand and wait for a possible skin reaction.

When buying essential oils, research is key. Attention should be paid to whether or not an oil is therapeutic-grade. This term is not supported, but often an indicator of the producer’s diligence.

Trusted approval seals are not common in the industry of essential oils. The seed to seal slogan from Young Living Essential Oils guarantees for ingredients of high quality, environmentally friendly and sustainable practices, gentle extraction methods and ethical production.

What influence do essential oils have on me?

Through contact with the skin, mucus or via inhaling, essential oils find their way quickly in our blood stream and tissue. The scent cells of our nose forward information to the brain, which has positive impacts on hormones as well as the nervous and immune system.

Essential oils for topical application

Essential oils can be used for making your own beauty and personal care products, such as body lotion and facial crèmes. These plant products can be mixed with a carrier oil (varies as per skin type) and used as per demand. Because the skin is the biggest organ of our body, the following applies: Do not apply anything topically that you would not ingest. A body lotion made from shea butter, coconut oil and orange oil not only smells delicious but nourishes dry skin with lots of moisture and nourishing and components for healthy and happy cells.

Essential Oils for Health

Next to the topical usage through crèmes and massage oils, these oils have positive effects on inner organs. Peppermint oil for example is great for digestive tract support, simply drink a glass with warm water and add 1 drop peppermint essential oil to be had about half an hour after a meal. Whether added to massage balm or foot soak: This allrounder can help be your universal remedy for muscular relief and tired feet as well.

Essential Oils for Psychic Use

Not only your physical health but your psychic health benefits from using essential oils as well. During the usage of oils and crèmes, the sense of smell and using the oils on certain points (foot reflexology points), mental blockages and trauma can be lifted. Reviving citrus oils smells, such as orange, lime or tangerine, have positive effects on ones mood whereas lavender is known for its calming properties.

Essential oils for the spiritual practice

Spiritual rituals, such as meditation, serve the balance of physiological and psychological health and wellness. Scents such as frankincense and myrrh go way back to the Egyptians, the Greek Mythology and the bible. In the Asian continent, scents like Ylang Ylang and Jasmine are said to support spiritual growth.

Essential Oils in the Kitchen

A twig of rosemary is beautiful, but does not compare to the taste of one drop of rosemary oil. Whether in Mediterranean baked goods, sweets or salad dressing: Few nuances of this plant aroma spice up every dish. Recipe idea: Try this delicious bread with rosemary oil.

Essential Oils for Cleaning

Essential oils are a must in the kitchen, not only for culinary purposes but also to clean and disinfect cutting boards, the bench top or cleaning the fridge is a breeze with oils such as lemon or other blends. These little all-rounder deliver great smelling support cleaning your bathroom or doing your laundry – all without chemicals! Few drops of your favorite scent in the fabric softener department or mixed with water and vinegar are the perfect requirements for a freshly smelling and healthy home.

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