Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils


Do not confuse essential oils with fragrances. A fragrance is a synthetic imitation of a smell. A chemical preservative system used by many cosmetic companies is listed on the product label as an ingredient called “fragrance” to make the product look more natural. This couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Essential oils are the life force or blood of the plant. By expressing the oils from the plant, the properties of the plant become extremely concentrated. It takes anywhere from hundreds to thousands of pounds of plants to produce 1 pound of essential oil. Bulgarian rose takes 4,000 pounds of rose petals to produce 1 pound of essential oil. One drop of essential oil is equal to 30 cups of herbal tea in concentration. For this reason, whatever positive effect certain plant’s properties may have on a person, very little of the condensed essential oil is needed for exponentially greater results. Even though the name says oil, essential oils do not have an oily consistency, but are a watery fluid which evaporates quickly.

Essential oils have been linked to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well being of man since records have been written. Ancient hieroglyphs showed that essential oils were the used as medicines and in beauty regimens of royalty. Since that time, it has been written that other civilizations through the Romans and Greeks have used essential oils for the same purposes. Some hospitals in the UK and US are reaching back to medicine’s roots and are including essential oils in their patient care with outstanding results. For example, essential oils are being used on burners to purify the atmosphere of rampant viruses and bacteria, and aromatherapy massage is successfully being administered to patients instead of nighttime sedatives.

Essential oils carry the highest oxygenating molecules known to man and are high in ozone and negative ions (which is why they are the best air purifiers). They have anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and also contain vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Essential oils carry nutrients to feed cells and they dissolve toxic chemicals in the human body (even the brain).

The aroma of an essential oil can directly affect emotions. Sesquiterpenes, part of the essential oils inherent makeup, can cross the blood/brain barrier and can help increase oxygen in the limbic system of the brain. This part of the brain, triggered by smell, can unlock DNA the harbors emotional “baggage”, thereby allowing it to be released. This is where aromatherapy got it’s name.

Essential oils cross the skin barrier and distribute their supportive properties to every cell in the body within 20 minutes of application. Try this experiment: Cut a clove of garlic in half and rub it on the soles of your feet. Within 30 minutes, the taste of garlic would be on your tongue. This is a true testament of how the properties of whatever you apply to your skin travels throughout your body. For this reason, it is imperative that therapeutic grade essential oils are used. To be therapeutic grade, the oils must be steam distilled or CO2 extracted, using no diluting chemicals or synthetic additives.

*Be careful though. Just because a skin care product is all natural or organic, doesn’t mean that you cannot have a reaction to its ingredients. If you have allergies to coconut, for example, you should use caution when applying a product containing coconut oil or choose another product that does not contain a derivative of that plant.

 

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