Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, and flowers of plants. They are that part of the plant which act to protect the plant from disease, adapt to environmental conditions and to defend plants against insects and other predators. They are essential for the plant to grow, evolve and adapt to its surroundings.
We can benefit from these same wonderful protective properties when we use therapeutic grade oils.
Try this at home: Squeeze the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue on your hand is full of essential oil of the orange.
Used throughout history for their healthful and therapeutic benefits, essential oils can be used as a natural way to support our bodies.
Modern scientific study and trends towards more natural and holistic wellness are creating a great interest in essential oils. The unique chemistry of essential oils allows us to use them aromatically and apply them topically to the skin. Some can be used as dietary aids to promote vitality and well being.
Aromatherapy offers excellent support for our whole body. Some examples of what essential oils can do for us:
Essential oils have the ability to support our immune system
They can provide anti-oxidants, support a healthy inflammatory response, and can be used in detoxification
Certain oils are helpful in keeping your airways open, promoting clear breathing.
Essential oils can aid in concentration help us stay focused on tasks.
Some oils are adaptagens – they act according to the body’s needs. For example, an adaptagen oil can be sedating in one instance or stimulating in another. These oils help our bodies remain in a state of balance.
Many oils have wonderful calming properties, with the ability to lift our spirits.
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