Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. The use of them can be traced back to the early Egyptians using them in the embalming process, as well as, the describing of use found in ancient Chinese manuscripts. In more recent years, they’ve gained popularity with the introduction of essential oils used in aromatherapy.
What are essential oils? Essential oils are the vital liquids that are extracted from the roots, stems, bark, flowers, fruits, and seeds of plants through a distillation process. Essential oils can contain anywhere between 200 and 800 different elements.and it is these chemical elements that determine the purity and therapeutic quality of the oils. Essential oils can act as an anti-infectious, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and decongestant agent all at the same time. So the therapeutic qualities are determined by the the part of the plant the oil was extracted from, the soil in which the plant was grown, and the time of year the plant was harvested.
Essential oils penetrate the skin quickly. In 20 minutes they can be in every cell within the body and metabolize like other nutrients. Following is a partial list of essential oils and their properties:
Citrus oils: Good for depression and anxiety. Citrus oils are very uplifting and soothing.
Lavender oil: Used for cuts, abrasions, relaxation, and for promoting sleep. Lavender oil is calming and cooling.
Oregano oil: Natural antibiotic.
Ginger oil: Good for digestion and increased metabolism.
Melaleuka oil: Stimulates the immune system and prevents respiratory ailments such as colds and flu. Melaleuka is also good for skin problems like acne and psoriasis.
Frankincense oil: Used to boost the immune system. Also is found to be good as an inhalant for stimulating focus, for example, during meditation. Frankincense oil has been discovered to change altered DNA-RNA cells in cancer patients back to their original state.
Coming in the week ahead, we will be explaining the various processes in manufacturing essential oils.