What are Essential Oils and where do they come from?
Essential Oils are volatile compounds found in different areas of a plant such as its roots, flowers, bark, seeds etc. They are extremely potent as they are highly concentrated. Essential Oils also protect the plant from which it is derived from harsh environments as well as give the plant its aroma. The purest Essential Oil will leave its aromatic scent behind even after the bottle has been capped off.
That’s one of my personal kits.
Essential Oils throughout history:
Essential Oils have been around for centuries.
- Rene Gattefosse, a French chemist was the first to coin the term “aromatherapy”. He researched and studied essential oils extensively in the 19th century.
- Ancient Egyptians used essential oils for medicinal benefits, in religious ceremonies, food prep, beauty treatments, ointments as well as their burial rituals. Myrrh, cedar and frankincense were used in the mummification process.
- In ancient Greece, Hippocrates helped spread the use of aromatic oils. He wrote, “that having a scented massage or a scented bath with essential oils was the path towards well-being and good health.” Prominent Greek physician, Pedanius Dioscorides’ reference work lists several herbal remedies. Such as the use of myrrh to help with gum infections, cypress for its usefulness in relieving diarrhea, marjoram’s sedative properties and many more.
- Galen, another Greek was known for his reputation for never having an injured gladiator die under his care. He promoted the use of essential oils.
- In India, Ayurvedic medicine includes the use of plants and aromatic compounds. Vedic literature lists sandalwood, cinnamon, myrrh and ginger effective for healing. Essential oils have been incorporated into healing potions for centuries in Ayur Veda, traditional Indian medicine. Ayurveda is rooted in Sanskrit, ayur means life and veda means knowledge.
- In Ancient Rome, essential oils were used for scented baths and massages. Essential oils were used to scent the body, the hair and the beds.
- Traditional Chinese medicine have included the use of herbs and plants for centuries.
- In Persia, Ali-Ibn was the first to distill plant materials into oils.
- Aromatic plants even make an appearance in the bible. One of the most well-known reference, is that frankincense and myrrh were two of the gifts the Magi brought for baby Jesus.
How Essential Oils are made:
the distillation process varies based on the type of material being used. Depending on the type of essential oil being made, different parts of a plant can be used. Such as the bark, the roots, the flowers, the seeds etc. Essential oils can also be made from resins like myrrh and frankincense.
Health benefits of Essential Oils:
Essential oils can be used to improve overall health and well-being. The use of essential oils can be tailored to a person’s specific wants and needs. Essential oils can be used to help alleviate a series of minor health concerns.
- They can be used to create feelings of easy breathing.
- Support oral health.
- Promote healthy digestion.
- Soothe minor skin irritations
- Essential oils can even aid in weight loss.
- Essential oils can also be used to promote emotional health.
- Some essential oils can be uplifting and energizing
- Others can hold soothing and grounding properties.
I for one can’t live without my doTERRA Balance, a grounding essential oil blend that I use on my neck and wrists through the day to help ease feelings of anxiety.
Using Essential Oils:
Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically and internally.
- Oils can be inhaled straight from the bottle or in cupped hands Oils can also be used in a diffuser so that anyone in the room can benefit from its scent.
- Aromatic use of oils can help purify the air as well as improve your mood.
That’s me on the left, breathing in the uplifting scent of Peppermint.
At night, I diffuse doTERRA Lavender and doTERRA Serenity then I put a drop of either oils on my pillow for a more restful night.
- Some oils can be applied directly to the skin or combined with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil for anyone with skin sensitivities.
- Oils can be applied to the soles of feet, the back of the neck, the wrists, some oils can even be applied directly to the face.
I apply a few drops of doTERRA Clary Sage to my abdomen to help relieve menstrual discomfort.
- doTERRA Essential Oils can be ingested to help support a healthier lifestyle by adding to drinks such as water, shakes or sparkling water.
- I add doTERRA Tangerine or doTERRA Grapefruit to my water bottle daily for enhanced taste and zero calories.
- I also add doTERRA Lemon to my water 3-5 times a day to naturally cleanse my body and help with digestion.
- doTERRA Grapefruit and doTERRA Tangerine has cleansing and purifying properties.
- 3 drops Lemongrass
- 2 drops Eucalyptus
- Container big enough to soak your feet
Add to some warm water and soak the feet.
Oatmeal Cookie Blend:
- 3 drops Wild Orange
- 2 drops Cedarwood
- 2 drops Cassia
Diffusing this blend will give off the smell of freshly baked cookies.
Essential Oil detangler Blend (for hair):
- Distilled water
- 4 oz. glass bottle
- 2 tbsp glycerin
- 2 tbsp Vitamin E oil
- 6-10 drops Lavender
Add oils to bottle than fill with water.
Spray on dry or wet hair as a natural detangling spray or leave in conditioner.
Style hair as usual.
PLEASE NOTE: Don’t go reaching for any bottle of Essential Oil as many on the market today are adulterated, meaning they have additives and fillers. I only use doTERRA oils because they have been thoroughly tested and proven to be 100% pure.
If you have any questions or would like to share an essential oil experience, please feel free to drop a comment below.