Have you heard about essential oils, but feel completely overwhelmed about where to start? I know that feeling! That's why we have created this informational section of our website to share our knowledge of how oils can help to proactively improve the health of your family everyday.
Essential oils are derived from plants. These naturally occurring aromatic compounds give plants their unique smells and are found in nearly all parts of the plant; root, stem, seeds, roots, flowers, etc. Over 3,000 types of these compounds have been identified to date, and it’s their intricate combinations that determine each oils’ scent and benefits.
Essential oils have been used for millennia as a natural way to enhance many aspects of daily life in a natural way. Typical uses include, cleaning, cooking, skincare, and supporting both mental and physical needs of the body.
A variety of plants cover the Earth in different shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. Many of these plants contain compounds that typically can’t be seen with the naked eye—they hide within the roots, flowers, seeds, bark, or other areas of the plant. These compounds are known as essential oils. They are highly concentrated, making them extremely potent. Also it is these essential oils give a plant its aroma, and protect it from harsh environmental conditions.
The aromas from essential oils can give powerful mental, physiologic, and emotional responses when the molecules of the oils send messages to the brain.
The simplest way to use your oils aromatically is by opening the bottle and breathing in the scent. This is called direct inhalation. The other popular way – and my most used! – is through a diffuser. Diffusing essential oils is beneficial for affecting mood, changing the aroma of a space (goodbye dangerous candles!), and killing airborne pathogens.
I have two diffusers; one for my bedroom, and one for my office. I love diffusing lavender in the bedroom which helps to relax and soothe. In my office I love using peppermint and wild orange to help me focus and stay alert. There are so many fun combinations to play with to enhance your mood or simply for a delightful scent to come home to!
Using your oils topically hosts a huge variety of benefits with many ways and places to apply them. The oils are fat-soluble and rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream which is another reason using quality oils is so important, and while high quality oils can be used “neat” (applying directly to the skin), another popular way to use them is by pairing them with a carrier oil. Applying oils with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or EVOO), is used for dilution and prevents the oil from evaporating.Massaging your oil or oil blend into the skin enhances absorption by increasing the blood flow to that specific area, helping the skin more readily absorb the oils compounds.
Diluting your oils with a carrier oil is an ensured safe way to use them, especially with children and babies as these oils are very potent. Plus, you’ll make your oils last much longer by using a few drops with a carrier oil rather than many drops of your essential oils.
Please note: It’s important to be careful not to get oils in your eyes, and citrus oils should not be used on the skin when going into the sun or you can burn!
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