Ahhh. The world of essential oils. Once stepped into the world of essential oils, it’s like Alice falling into the Rabbit Hole. But in the BEST way possible.
Without a doubt, I can say that essential oils changed my life. I was introduced to its amazingness in 2013 and had to try it out, and it is safe to say that I have never been disappointed by it and would be using it for a long time.
A brief introduction of essential oils
This can be best explained by a book I read titled ‘Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: An Introductory Guide’, and it reads;
“Long before modern humans developed the ability to make medicines by using chemical synthesis, microbes, hormones, and enzymes, our ancestors turned to the natural world to find ways of treating a wide range of ailments. In earlier times, people took essences from plants and distilled them into oils to soothe pain, quiet coughs, clear congestion, draw infection out of wounds, and promote restful sleep. The results they obtained with essential oils were so good that this knowledge was passed down to generations.”
What are essential oils?
They are the essence of the plant, the main component in plants which is grouped by chemical molecules called terpenes.
-Terpenes are organic compounds produced by the plant to create an aroma, a key factor in the plant’s ability to protect itself from parasite.-
Each plant has a unique combination of these terpenes, which makes the scent of individual plants different from others.
They are delicate oils unlike fixed oils (olive oil, sweet almond oil etc.), essential oils vaporize when heated, which makes it easy to inhale in aromatherapy. Its amazing properties are also a great companion in creating natural skin care and natural remedies, to me it’s a household MUST HAVE!
Each oil provides different uses and benefits, and finding the one that suits your needs is just so heavenly! It works so well and most of all, it is made from natural goodness (which means NO pesky chemicals).
For example, I used to suffer motion sickness in vehicles, and it never occurred to me that it was due to the air fresheners that I was using! So, like any other essential oils lover, I went on Pinterest and I tried out a natural air freshener recipe that I found. From then on, I can say that I have not had major motion sickness anymore. What a relieve, I guess switching out fragrance to natural scent worked!
How do essential oils work?
Whenever we smell something, the scent would send electrical impulses to the brain’s olfactory (the sense of smell) which is the only one of the five senses that is directly connected to the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. It also controls memory, hormone balance and regulates feeling such as fear, anger, depression and so on. That is why essential oils are therapeutically beneficial for us.
Now that you know what essential oil is and how it works, maybe it’s time to make the switch to finding alternatives for you and your family for common ailments.