I think at this point, most people have at least heard the term Essential Oil. If you’ve made it to this page, I’m going to assume you’re at least a little curious, and I’m going to tell you that you’e in the right place to learn more.
I’ve been using and loving oils for years through two pregnancies, babies, and beyond. I’m really into the science of Essential Oils, and teaching on how to use them safely, especially with tiny people around. I’m always open to questions and if I don’t have the answer, I’ll find out.
So what is an Essential Oil?
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
But what exactly is a volatile aromatic compound? In short, these compounds are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called volatile because they change state quickly. When you first open a bottle of essential oil, you instantly notice that the aroma is potent and you can smell it typically even from some distance. The physical and chemical properties of the volatile aromatic compounds that compose essential oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose. Such unique properties make essential oils ideal for applications inclusion in aromatherapy – using these compounds from plants to help maintain a healthy mind and body – as well as other applications. The type of volatile aromatic compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s aroma and the benefits it offers.
Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families, and from species to species. The delicate ratio of aromatic constituents found in any given essential oil are what make it unique and give it specific benefits.
Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. They can be used aromatically, topically, and internally.
Many of their uses have been proven in clinical studies.
Essential oils are potent, they are powerful, and they are effective.
There is a catch – this description applies only to pure, therapeutic grade essential oils with no additives and no fillers. PLEASE DO NOT BUY ESSENTIAL OILS FROM A SOURCE YOU DON’T TRUST. I spent a lot of time researching oils before I decided where I wanted to order them. After a lot of careful consideration, I chose dōTERRA. To find out more about why in my own words, go here.
If you want to learn more about essential oils and their uses, please contact me here and I’m happy to chat!
To learn about how essential oils have impacted my life, go here.
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