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Essential Oils: What are they?


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“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. Essential oils provide plants with protection against environmental threats and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.” (doTerra)

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Essential oils are organic compounds that have been extracted from plants. They also have healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.

For over 5,000 years, there have been many different cultures which have used these healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine.

Just adding some of the most common essential oils like lavender, frankincense, lemon, peppermint and tea tree oil to your natural medicine cabinet may:

  1. Fight cold and flu symptoms
  2. Alleviate pain
  3. Help keep your home clean
  4. Relax your body and soothe sore muscles
  5. Heal skin conditions
  6. Balance hormones
  7. Improve digestion
  8. Reduce cellulite and wrinkles

What are Essential Oils?

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Essential oils are extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree, and just one drop can have health benefits. They are usually created through the process of distillation. Distillation is the process that separates the oil and water-based compounds of a plant by steaming.

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils with a strong aroma. Often they are called volatile aromatic oils because of their high concentration of the aromatic compounds. After distillation, the outcome is a highly concentrated portion of essential oil, which will have the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted, and contain the true essence of the plant it came from. This includes the smell, but also the plant’s healing properties and other plant characteristics.

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“By concentrating the oils of these plants, you are separating the powerful healing compounds of a plant into a single oil. For example, in order to get one single 15ml bottle of rose essential oil, it takes 65 pounds of rose petals. Essential oils are composed of very small molecules that can penetrate your cells, and some compounds in essential oils can even cross the blood-brain barrier. They differ from fatty oils (like those in vegetables or nuts) that come from large molecules because they cannot penetrate your cells, so they are not therapeutic in the same manner.” Dr. Josh Axe


 

Health and Wellness

As keepers of our home, we have many important expectations upon our shoulders. For example, keeping our home clean and family healthy are two very important responsibilities that we have.  If we can take the most healthy, educated, and natural approach our families will be better off.

This is what I like about using essential oils. Being completely natural, I know what I am using to clean the house, diffuse into the air, or put or into their bodies.

*The more we can be informed, the better off our family will be.

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, taking a class, or purchasing high-quality essential oils, please click HERE.

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Blessings,

Training Keepers of the Home


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