Essential Oil Guide for Beginners
Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with amazing healing properties. Aromatherapy, as it is called is a holistic treatment that can improve physical, mental and emotional health. If you have been wondering how you can benefit from aromatherapy in your life, then read on for all the details!
For centuries, many cultures have been using these healing plant oils for a wide variety of health ailments. Many conditions we experience today in our toxic society of chemicals and waste can be improved greatly with the choices we make in our daily routine. Adding a few essential oils like lavender, lemon, peppermint, tea tree oil and eucalyptus may help:
- Improve your overall immunity
- Fight cold and flu symptoms
- Relax your body and soothe sore muscles
- Heal skin conditions
- Give you energy
- Balance hormones
- Alleviate pain
Essential Oil Basics
Essential oils come from various flowers, bark, fruit, leaves, seeds or roots and are extracted through a distillation process that carefully separates the oil and water components of a plant.
The result is a highly concentrated oil with a strong aroma. By concentrating the oils of these plants, you are capturing the most powerful healing components into a single oil. To get just 10 to 12 ml of an essential oil can take up to 60 pounds of the plant product!
The oils in the plants is what protects them in nature from various insects and the harsh environment. Depending on the plants individual needs to protect itself, you then harness that natural power when you apply the essential oils.
Essential oils are composed of tiny molecules that when applied to our skin either through a diffuser or other means, penetrates the bodies cells and provides the benefits of that oil. These are very different than the fatty oils such as veggies and nuts that come from large moleculs can’t penetrate your cells.
A Little History
Essential oils have been used by many ancietn civilization and into the modern age. We see evidence of use in ancient Greece, Egypt, China, Isreal, Italy and more. These oils were used as perfumes, cosmetics and medicinal purposes as well as spiritual rituals.
History points to a French chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse as the father of modern aromatherapy, who in 1928 used lavender oil to heal a burn on his hand. He then decided to analyze the chemical properties of this oil and how it could be used to heal skin infections, wounds or burns.
Later used during World War I, these oils began to spread all over Europe and eventually found their way into the hands of holistic practitioners, massage parlors and beauty salons. It wasn’t until later in the 1980’s that essential oils began to be added to various lotions, candles or fragrances.
Today, however, there are trained professionals in many fields of practice that utilize the healing properties of essential oils. These include doctors, aromatherapists, physical therapists. Massage therapists, and other holistic practitioners.
Modern Day Essential Oils
In today’s, every growing sustainable life movement spurred by the technology of the information age, we see a wide variety of health benefits use in many settings when it comes to essential oils. Used in combination with other therapies, essential oils are an amazing non-invasive way to deal with a variety of medical concerns.
Even many stream traditional hospitals such as Vanderbilt University Hospital are using them in the treatment of anxiety, depression and various infections in hospitalized patients.
One 2009 study found that pre-operative patients who received aromatherapy with lavandin oil were significantly less anxious about their surgery than those with traditional controls. There have been many studies on other oils showing a vast array of benefits used even in many mainstream applications.
For more medical research documentation and studies you can go to the US National Library of Medicine’s website and look up these links:
More importantly in today’s uncertain times with various pandemics, essential oils can have antibacterial and antiviral benefits to increase your immune system. There is even research on the benefits of frankincense and reduced brain tumor risk or spread.
The Top Immunity Boosting Essential Oils
As stated previously, each essential oil contains unique healing benefits depending on that plant’s particular needs. These benefits include immunity fighting properties from these essential oils:
Clove: antibacterial, anti-parasitic and antioxidant protection
Eucalyptus: Improves respiratory issue like bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies. Also purifies the body and increases the immunity system.
Rosemary: Antioxidant properties, relieve pain and increase circulation which increases your immune system. It is also known to increase brain function which makes for good reading or studying.
Tea Tree Oil: natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, reduces bad odors and stimulates the immune system.
Orange Oil: antimicrobial, reduces anxiety and anti-cancer, antioxidant activity.
By mixing various oils you can imagine the benefits one can get. Take a look at our immunity blend that is made with 100% organic essential oils. Click here to see our immunity blend.
How to Use
So by now you must be thinking, “how do I apply essential oils for my health?” Well it is really extremely easy to do and here are 4 ways you can start today:
Topically – you can apply essential oils topically, which means directly to the skin, however, you usually have to mix it with a carrier oil so be sure you read directions for any oils you want to apply directly to your skin.
Aromatically – Inhaling the tiny molecules of oil that that they are absorbed directly into your blood stream from inside your body is perhaps the best way to take advantage of essential oils. The large blood vessels in the lungs absorb the oils and circulate them throughout the body.
This is best accomplished with a diffuser. You have seen them for sale all over, but keep in mind many of them are cheaply made and will not hold up for a long time and are made with cheap harmful plastics.
At Do Life Healthier, we offer eco-friendly diffusers made with real wood, glass and recyclable plastic. Take a look by clicking here. You can even get diffusers that go in your car and you can take to work.
Ingestion: you can ingest essential oils however, since they are very potent and a little goes a long way, most of the time it is not considered safe to do. The recommendation for ingesting should come from a professional doctor who practices in holistic medicine.
Personal Care: last but not least, personal care products that are homemade have been gaining massive popularity in the DIY culture. From home cleaning products, to hair care and skin care, this is an excellent way to improve your health and look good at the same time! We won’t get into detail here as there is just far too many options but keep your eye out for a follow up blog on various DIY products you can use around the home and for your self-care.
We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about essential oils. We have taken great care to find an essential oil manufacturer that is organic and safe to add to our growing collection of eco-friendly products. Along with a nice array of diffusers, we feel immensely proud to offer you a superior product that can help you on your journey to a healthier life.