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What is Essential Oils?

Essential oils aren’t just something that makes the room smell good. Most people have no idea that essential oils can help bring balance back into the body. Unfortunately, you will only ever find this out the same way we did, when someone with a love for oil come up to you and tell you about it. Essential oils have been used to support healing for centuries. People have been using plants as medicine since the beginning of time!

The first records of essential oils come from ancient India, Persia, and Egypt; and both Greece and Rome conducted extensive trade in odoriferous oils and ointments with the countries of the Orient. Most probably these products were extracts prepared by placing flowers, roots, and leaves in fatty oils. In most ancient cultures, odorous plants or their resinous products were used directly. Only with the coming of the golden age of Arab culture was a technique developed for the distillation of essential oils. The Arabs were the first to distill ethyl alcohol from fermented sugar, thus providing a new solvent for the extraction of essential oils in place of the fatty oils that had probably been used for several millennia.

Essential oils have been very important in a wide range of different cultures around the world for millennia. The fact that fragrance essences have a specific effect was apparent to even the most ancient races. The Egyptians and Greeks used essential oils for ritual and healing purposes, as did the Chinese and Indians. The effect of perfumes on the human body and early forms of aromatherapy were already known in Ancient Egypt. The systematic extraction of essences for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes did not develop, however, until much later. Today the use of essential oils is on the increase and aromatherapy has found its way into use by the general public.

In short, essential oils are the living fluid inside the plant that acts as their immune system. These plant fluids are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune-strengthening properties of plants. They are necessary for the plant to live and contain vibrational energy that helps to give them therapeutic properties. When these fluids are distilled and extracted using a highly regulated, low-heat, slow-steam process and then used topically, aromatically or internally, they can help bring that vibrational energetic level that is lacking in our bodies back into balance. Essential oils are composed of microscopic molecules that are able to penetrate into the DNA/cellular level of every cell in our body (even crossing the blood-brain barrier) and can help to support our body’s natural healing systems.

Essential oils have been used throughout history. There are Chinese manuscripts and Egyptian hieroglyphics that point to the ancient use of these precious liquids. Essential oils are referenced in multiple places in the Bible. Frankincense and myrrh are well-known examples of essential oils in the Bible.

Today essential oils are highly regarded across the globe for their many uses. Essential oils are found in some air fresheners, chewing gum, cleaning products, deodorant, perfumes, soaps, and many more commercial products.

There are three main ways to get essential oils in your system:

  • By applying it topically, rubbing it on your skin,

  • By ingesting them,

  • and diffusing the oils, which can be the most effective method because it doesn' have to pass trough the digestive system.

You can also place essential oils on a cloth (pillowcases. linen or handkerchiefs) to allow the oils to infuse the air in a room. If you’re on the go and don’t have your diffuser with you, you can place a drop of oil on a cotton ball and place it in an air vent or attach it to a ceiling fan.

There is different grades of oils, so when you want to use essential oils, do some research on them before using it. You get your authentic oils which is 100% pure to your synthetic oils which is oils that are not true oils at all. They smell nothing like the original plant and are mostly labeled as "scented products".

I have learned that you can just look at the price of an essential oil and how much you need to use to see if the oil is authentic. With authentic oils, the expression, a little goes a long way, is very true.

To make an essential oil is very costly. Young Living essential oils has show us exact how they make their oils, from Sead to Seal.

  • 9kg of Rose Petals will provide only 5ml of rose oil

  • 100kg Lavender will provide 3 litters of oil

  • It takes 8 million hand-picked Jasmine blossoms to produce 1 litre of oil

  • Sandalwood trees needs to be 30 years old and 30 feet tall (and 90% dead) before Young Living will harvest them

So, when you look at these few examples, do you understand how much it takes to make essential oils.

It’s important to use only 100% pure. You want to avoid any diluted or altered oils. Make sure that you buy only 100% pure essential oils so that you’re getting all the natural benefits available without any fillers or additives that will alter their effects.

See why we’ve chosen to use only Young Living essential oils.

Essential oils can be up to 70 times as strong as dried and fresh herbs and plants. Dried herbs retain only about 3 – 5% of the essential oils from the original plant. Essential oils are superior in flavor and potency over dried herbs.

Caution: Essential oils are very potent and may irritate sensitive skin. If irritation occurs, apply pure vegetable oil to the area. Never use water if irritation occurs. Citrus oils and blends containing citrus oils may also cause photosensitivity. Use caution if exposing your skin to sunlight after application. View the Young Living Safety guide.

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