What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are all-natural compounds found in the root, peel, rind, leaf or bark of a plant. Most essential oils carry anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral components. Essential oils have so many amazing and beneficial qualities to help improve life quality, promote well-being, boost the immune system, and also nourish hair and skin! Essential oils also help alleviate anxiety, stress, and even reduce depression. Essential oils are very strong, highly concentrate/volatile plant extracts and must be diluted properly. One drop can go a very long way and must be diluted properly before applying to the skin.
Essential Oil Benefits
Essential oils can be used to reduce muscle pain, inflammation, and anxiety, as well as boost immunity, energy, and digestion! Safely diluted essential oils can be used every day to help with psychological and physical aspects! Once applied to the skin, the oils are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, within seconds! Once inside the bloodstream, the oils quickly make their way to specific organs and systems and get to work.
Inhaling essential oils are also quite beneficial. Deeply inhaling essential oils will stimulate the olfactory system (the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain). Breathing in essential oils can have a very subtle effect on the mind, body, and soul.
Using essential oils daily and consecutively help improve your mood, immune system, some skin conditions, and quality of life. Mother nature is truly amazing!!
History of Essential Oils
Since the ancient times, essential oils have been utilized for perfumery, medicinal, and spiritual purposes. Anthropologists believe the usage of essential oils began over 4,000 years ago by the ancient Mesopotamians, Indians, and Chinese. Ancient Egypt is believed to be the birthplace of essential oils. Traces of essential oils were found in Ancient Egyptian tombs and clearly depicted on artwork, pottery, and paintings.
Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) believed in healing power plants and their powerful essence. Many believed Myrrh could be used to reduce swelling and inflammation. After the fall of the Roman Empire, The Church considered bathing a sin. Essential oils were used to cover the stench. Not only did essential oils help cover up certain body odors, their anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties also helped defend against diseases such as the Black Plague.
In 1910, famous chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé (the father of aromatherapy), severely burned his hand and treated it with lavender essence and reported that not only did it reduce pain, but also helped heal his burns without infection or scarring. He became intrigued shortly after and coined the term “aromatherapy”.