Essential oils are the natural, aromatic, volatile oil-soluble liquids found in shrubs, flowers, roots, bushes and seeds. They contain the life giving force of plants. Nature has given us essential oils to aid in physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
What are essential oils?
Plants contain different types of circulating juices. Essential oils are the oil/lipid soluble juices that:
- provide for transport of nutrition and waste products to/from the cells,
- act as hormones to monitor & regulate metabolic processes,
- provide defense against foreign invaders, and
- facilitate communication within and among the cells of the plant.
These are very similar to substances within our own human body that perform these types of functions. Essential oils simply enhance the body’s ability to heal itself.
Essential oils are different from oils that we use for cooking. Cooking oils generally are from the fats stored in the seed of a plant to support sprouting of the next generation of plant. These are called “fatty oils” or “carrier oils”.
Essential oils consist of very tiny lightweight molecules that can be absorbed easily through the skin or inhalation. They travel easily through tissue and can reach every part of the body in minutes. Because of their tiny size they can also penetrate the blood-brain barrier directly into the limbic system which registers and stores our emotions.
Essential oils are very potent. It is theorized our body consists of 100 trillion cells. And one drop of essential oil contains up to 40 million-trillion molecules. And one molecule can open a cell receptor and communicate with the DNA of that cell and alter cell function.
Essential oils are primarily extracted from plant material through a distillation process. Generally the plant material is placed in a container where steam enters from the bottom and vaporizes the volatile substances. This steam + vaporized essences is captured at the top of the container and carried through a condenser to cool so it returns to a liquid state. This liquid is collected in a container where the essential oils separate from the water-soluble essences.
How do I use the essential oils?
Superior to all other supplements, Young Living’s therapeutic-grade essential oils deliver positive benefits to the body through inhalation, direct absorption into the skin and by normal digestive processes. Please read the label directions for each individual oil before using.
- Direct – Simply place a drop into your palms, rub them together and cup over your nose.
- Diffuser – Purchase a diffuser that disperses the oil in a micro-fine vapor without heat
- Humidifier – Put a tissue or cloth with essentials oils in front of escaping steam. Do not put essential oils into your humidifier as they may cause damage to the equipment.
- Steam tent – Place oil in a bowl of hot water, cover head and bowl with a towel and breathe deeply and slowly.
- Carefully tip the bottle and place 2-3 drops into the palm of your hand. Rub palms together in a circular motion and massage the oil onto the desired area of skin.
- Place 1-2 drops directly to the desired application area (never in the ears or eyes). Use your hand to massage the oil in a circular motion into the skin.
- Some essential oils may be irritating to the skin. They may be diluted with an organic carrier oil such as olive, jojoba or almond oil if irritation occurs.
- May add a warm or cold compress to deepen the absorption (always use cold for nerve/neurological conditions).
- Mix 5-10 drops with Epsom salts or bath gel in a bath (avoid “hot” oils like cinnamon and oregano).
- Use only pure essential oils proven safe and labeled as dietary supplements.
- Follow recommended dosage on product label or seek advice of a health professional.
- Place several drops of essential oil in an empty capsule and take with water.
- Add 1-2 drops essential oil to glass of water or rice milk. Stir or shake vigorously so oils don’t float on top.
- Put 1-2 drops essential oil onto a piece of bread or in cooking.