Used for centuries, essential oils are known for their ability to connect mind, body, and spirit. They can create harmony and balance in the body with their mood enhancing and calming properties. In addition, essential oils have numerous medicinal benefits, including antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti fungal and healing properties that promote wellness, restorative health, and well-being.
Essential oils have been used medicinally in history. Medical applications range from skin treatments to remedies for physical and emotional ailments. When used properly, there is a long list of benefits of essential oils to the body; including reducing inflammation, improving the brain function, and even protecting the heart from the damages of stress.
Essential oils are nature's remedy! Derived from plants, they are harvested for their medicinal properties. They are readily absorbed into the bloodstream through inhalation into the lungs utilizing a diffuser or by placing a drop or two in your hands and breathing in the aroma. Just as oxygen reaches every cell in our body when we breathe, the medicinal properties of the essential oils are quickly spread throughout our body, including our brain, affecting mood and a feeling of well being. The action of essential oils remains much the same with topical application. This is due to the relative permeability of the skin. The skin is the largest organ in your body, and acts like a sponge with essential oils. Pure essential oils, diluted with a carrier oil and applied to the skin, can safely carry medicinal compounds into the bloodstream.
Most essential oils are safe to use and apply to the skin. However, due to their extreme concentration, to use safely and to avoid skin irritation, they should be diluted with an organic carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil. Oils must be measured carefully to avoid over-use. But no worries - we do that part for you!
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are derived from plants. (Conversely, fragrance oils are created with chemicals!) Depending on the plant, they may come from the flower, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds or peel. Essential oils (or aromatic oils as they were previously called) have been used for their medicinal and healing properties for centuries. In fact, there are many (over 300!!) references in the Bible to essential oils. You may have heard that the 3 Wise Men brought gold, frankincense (healing) and myrrh (antiseptic). Frankincense and myrrh, both highly prized essential oils, were considered as valuable as gold.
There are different methods of extracting the oils from the plants – distilling (using steam), cold pressing, resin tapping are the most common methods. Essential oils are extremely concentrated – for example, it takes 150 lb of Lavender to make 15 ml (that’s just ONE Tablespoon!!)
Essential oils have been shown in clinical studies to have strong medicinal properties. However, due to their high concentrations, they can also be harmful or even dangerous if taken in large quantities. That is why, for topical use, we offer essential oil blends that are diluted with an organic carrier oil that enables fast skin absorption without danger of getting too much EO into your bloodstream.
History of Essential Oils
Essential Oils have been used and recorded as far back as 3000 BC with the Egyptians. These precious oils were used in beauty, food, religious, and medicinal treatments. In Europe, Essential Oils began being used in perfumes and in about 2000 BC the Greeks actually went to Egypt to study medicine, taking the Egyptian traditions and learnings back to Greece.
In Rome, scientists and physicians began using Essential Oils for medicinal purposes and the Greek physician Hippocrates used plant extracts in his work.
China became a leader in the research of plants in medicine and many of these practices are still used today in Chinese Medicine.
Fast forward into the 19th century and we find medical doctors in France dispensing essential oils in their practice. “Aromatherapy” originated with a French perfumist/chemist.
Modern view is evolving as research and technology continue to advance and the benefits of Essential Oils are becoming better understood.
There is massive potential of Essential Oils to be used to manage wellness
ALL OILS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL
There is little regulation in the Essential Oil industry and the FDA does not regulate at all in terms of the true contents of the oil. "All Natural" and "Pure" don't necessarily mean that! Many oils on the market contain chemicals and fragrance oil that mimic the scent of the oil, and other toxins that are actually harmful. (Propylene Glycol is a common additive – which is the main ingredient in anti freeze!) Things such as solvents, pesticides, herbicides, chemically created fragrances, metals and other toxins can be present.
Unethical growers and distillers dilute their oils to increase yield, thus increase their profits. This is why you can buy Tea Tree oil, for example, in a 4 oz bottle in your local drug store for less than $10 while a true, pure 5 ml bottle will actually be priced higher.
In order for an essential oil to truly be considered pure it must:
- Contain only the natural aromatic compounds present after the distillation process.
- Be 100 percent pure oil, free of any synthetic compounds or contaminants, including heavy metals or microbial organisms.
- Be subjected to mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography testing to ensure consistent extract composition and activity.
- Be derived only from the distillation of the correct and clearly stated plant part.
- Meet organoleptic tests (consistency in taste, sight, touch, and smell).
At Essential Oils of the Earth, we carefully source our oils, ensuring no adulterants, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, chemicals or GMO's are ever used in the cultivation, harvesting, or distillation! Extensive research has gone into the selection of our products, our recipes for our blends, and the benefits of their use. You can have peace of mind and feel confident in knowing you are purchasing the best essential oils and oil blends for yourself and your family.
USING ESSENTIAL OILS
HOW DO ESSENTIAL OILS WORK?
Being so highly concentrated, they are also very small molecularly. They absorb into your skin with 3 seconds and after only 22 minutes can be picked up in your saliva. Their particles are so small, they have the ability to penetrate at the cellular level and even penetrate through the cell wall. Drugs usually block receptors. Essential Oils enter the cell and eliminate the problem.
There are three ways we use Essential Oils for the utmost effectiveness. Used together, these three methods of use are very powerful in supporting health and wellness:
- Aromatically - Because essential oils have an extremely small molecular structure, they are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs when we breathe in their aroma. The most common ways to use Essential Oils aromatically are by diffusing (use only a high-quality ultrasonic diffuser), or by inhaling the aroma directly.
- Trans-dermal or topical application – It is best to dilute Essential Oils prior to topical application (we do that part for you with our rollerball blends!). Never dilute your oils with water; always use an organic carrier oil such as Jojoba oil or Fracionated Coconut oil. Dilution with a carrier oil reduces concentration to help avoid sensitivity but increases absorption.
- Ingestion – It is usually not wise to ingest Essential Oils unless you are trained in the use of Essential Oils or working with someone who is. Use caution, and remember, pure doesn't always mean pure. Know your supplier and seek guidance on what you are doing, and why. Toxic reactions, including headache, nausea and vomiting, and worse, have occurred from individuals using contaminated oils or taking excessive doses.
Our mission is to provide our customers with the purest, highest quality essential oils available at the most competitive price in the marketplace. Our reputation is based on our commitment to delivering quality products while providing excellence in customer service.