The use of essential oils is one of the oldest and most potent forms of plant medicine, treasured by the ancient people and still appreciated today. Those who thoroughly use essential oils, swear by them. However, it seems as though most people still may underestimate their magical powers. They are so much more than just a pretty scent! If used on a regular basis, their power to improve mood, decrease stress, fight infections and counteract the aging process is truly amazing. Lets take a closer look to observe the interaction between these vital liquid oils and our bodies.
First, it’s important to understand what roles essential oils play in nature. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it carries the distinctive pure scent, or essence, of the plant. Created by photosynthesis, the aromatic vital liquid enables the plant to shield itself against predators as well harsh environmental conditions while strengthening its immune system and repairing damages made to the plant. The fact that essential oils have the ability to help us as well shows our distinctive bond with plants. Once inhaled through the nose, the oils stimulate the olfactory organs which are linked to the areas of the brain that control emotions. The chemical composition and aroma of essential oils can provide valuable psychological and physical therapeutic benefits. These benefits are usually achieved through methods including inhalation and application of the diluted oil to the skin.
They work systematically on an energetic level (vibrational frequency) and a physical (chemical) level in the body. Essential oils contain light molecules giving the ability to evaporate easily into the air. These are considered “volatile” organic molecules. Each drop of essential oil contains oxygen as well as thousands of various molecules and chemical constituents. These volatile molecules can be beneficial for the lungs and the body in general. The molecules are picked up into the bloodstream and travel very easily to the rest of the body. Essential oils are fat-soluble liquids which enable them to travel very fast and very effectively through the fatty membranes of every single cell the body, making their way through the body’s microcosm and improving the functioning of the organs. These precious molecules and the cells within our bodies speak the same language. Very high quality aromatherapy oils have the balanced chemical profile which exactly matches nerve receptors in a human body, making it possible for the body to beneficially use the information contained in the molecules. Many essential oils are known antibacterial and antiviral agents. They support the immune system while they destroy bad bacteria, viruses and pathogens. They also fight free radicals, promoting youthfulness. It’s also interesting to know that bacteria and viruses do not become resistant to essential oils. Because they are not processed and chemically altered like a drug, each batch of a natural essential oil will be unique, preventing bacteria and viruses from developing resistance.
More and more studies are proving that mental stress is a leading cause for illness and depression. A rich healthy diet of natural whole foods and methods using essential oils should never be underestimated or overlooked as a preventative daily method in order to maintain good health. In addition to all their benefits, essential oils promote calm deep breathing. Something that most people forget to do! Shallow inconsistent breathing slowly starves the organs of fresh oxygen. The incredible scents also help us slow down our thoughts, relieving everyday stress. Keeping essential oils on your desk at work, purifying the air using oil burners, infusing your hot bath and using products made with pure essential oils are some of the ways you can benefit from the wonders they offer. Essential oils shouldn’t necessarily be restricted to the home. Keeping a practical sized pot pouri in the cup holder in the car may have a surprising effect on reducing impatience and road rage while driving. Burning oils while studying or working helps ease mind, increase concentration and fight mental fatigue. To say the least, essential oils are by far the most beautiful and gratifying way to help maintain life-long optimum health and joy.