Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic compounds which are extracted from various plants parts.
They are part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism, protecting it from disease and dangerous invaders.
Every drop of oil extracted from a plant contains trillions of bioactive molecules that affect the body on the cellular level. Each essential oil contains many medicinal components.
Most essential oils are being extracted from the plant by the process of distillation.
Essential oil applications includes but not limited to, aromatherapy, medicinal, fragrances in perfumes, colognes, cosmetics, massage oils, bath products and cleaning products. Their scents can be very therapeutic and can have differing effects on the mind, emotions, and body.
Research studies on essential oils show positive effects for a variety of health concerns including infections, pain, anxiety, depression, tumors, premenstrual syndrome, nausea, improvements in mood, promoting a sense of relaxation and many others.
Extensive scientific research has been carried out for years on the effects of essential oils upon the physical, mental and emotional levels; here we will quote only a few as an example.
Frankincense and Sandalwood help to increase the amount of oxygen in the brain’s limbic system particularly around the pineal and pituitary glands which in turn increase the secretion of antibodies, endorphins and other neurotransmitters.
In test tubes, chemical compounds from some essential oils have shown antibacterial and antifungal properties. Some evidence also suggests that citrus oils may strengthen the immune system and that peppermint oil may help with digestion. Fennel, aniseed, sage, and clary sage have estrogen-like compounds, which may help relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menopause.
The basic unit of essential oil organic chemistry is Isoprene unit.
One essential oil can help many health issues; there is a bio similarity between human cells to plant cells.
There is a subtle bio-energy that flows through all organic life. It goes by many names and is sometimes referred to as Chi or life force. This energy is expressed as an electromagnetic vibrational frequency – and pure essential oils have the highest frequencies of any measured natural substance.
Most topical and inhaled essential oils are generally considered safe. You should never take essential oils by mouth unless you are under the supervision of a trained professional.
Rarely, aromatherapy can induce side effects, such as rash, asthma, headache, liver and nerve damage, as well as harm to a fetus.
Natural pure essential oils for application use are diluted in massage base oils which are easy on the skin and can carry safely the potency of the affecting oils to the body.