Essential oils have long been used throughout history. Despite the name, essential oils are not actually oils, but are instead lipid acid, hydrocarbon molecules that are the building blocks of living cells. Essential oils are the result of a natural, steam distillation or cold-pressed process in which the essential oil is separated from the seeds, barks, roots, stems, fruit or flowers of aromatic plants. The key therapeutic building blocks found in essential oils are also the key elements found in the human body – oxygen, hydrogen and carbon – allowing them to be easily recognized and utilized by the human body.
On plants, essential oils provide them with a variety of support, from defense against insects and other animals, to helping attract pollinators; constantly adapting to the plants internal and external environment. Essential oils are scientifically proven to be anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic.
On human cells, essential oils also offer a variety of benefits similar to those provided to plants; defense, protection and other therapeutic support. They work by entering the body in a few different ways; by applying directly on the skin, inhaling the aromatic components, or by ingesting the oil.
When applied directly on the skin, the essential oil is quickly absorbed, traveling to where it is needed in the body. Some oils can also be ingested by adding to certain food recipes in small dosages.
Essential oils can also be inhaled through the nose or mouth. Airborne molecules quickly interact with the Limbic System, also known as the “emotional brain”, which is directly connected to the part of the brain that controls heart rate, blood pressure, stress levels, hormone balance, memory and breathing.
*Always consult a healthcare professional or seek expertise of an aromatherapy expert as some oils can be toxic to the liver and kidneys when ingested.