What is in Essential Oil

What is in essential oil
Essential oils can provide a viable alternative to many drugs, chemicals, and surgery.

What is in essential oil is can be of enormous benefit to your health and well being. There is an entire alternative health modality, practice, and business around essential oils called Aromatherapy.

There are schools, and even degree programs that reward the educational expertise of the extensive subject of essential oils, and Aromatherapy.

In keeping with the powerful ‘green’ movement, essential oils provide a very viable alternative to the drugs, surgeries, and chemicals that the main stream medical establishment utilizes to treat chronic illness.

The United States ranks anywhere from 17th to 24th in the world in success of treating chronic illness. The US is best in the world when it comes to trauma care, and acute care, but we are woefully deficient when it comes to chronic care.

So, if you are hurt in a car accident, or if you have appendicitis, you should feel lucky to be in the US.

However, if you suffer from cancer, or irritable bowel syndrome, for example, you may want to look for alternatives other than accept the often ineffective cut, slash, and burn techniques that the AMA, and the FDA prescribe.

I will explain what essential oils are, and the different ways to use them. I will also describe some of the more popular essential oils, and the awesome benefits that they can provide.

What are Essential Oils?

What is in essential oil
Essential oils have been used by various civilizations for thousands of years.

Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds found in plants that naturally occur. They are concentrated hydrophobic liquids.

Plant essential oils can be located in the flowers, roots, seeds, leaves, stems, and bark within the plant. Some plants do not  produce or contain essential oils. There are natural, and synthetic or man made essential oils.

Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, etherolea, ethereal oils, or as plant oils from which they are derived.

Essential oils have made people’s lives better for countless years, providing a vast array of life enhancements including physical, intellectual, emotional, cosmetic, religious, spiritual, and dietary. They have been utilized in various culture’s medicine for at least 3000 years.

TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic(Indian)Medicine, Egyptian Medicine, all use essential oils extensively.   The Bible references essential oils 300 times.

Unfortunately, some essential oils are not beneficial or have detrimental aspects. Some can cause problems, and may even cause serious harm.

When exposed to sunlight for extended periods a few essential oils called photosensitizing oils can cause the skin to burn.

These oils include cumin, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, and lemon essential oils. It is also a good idea to not expose young children under the age of 1 year to essential oils.

Care should also be taken that essential oils are not ingested by children due to potential toxicity.

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How are Essential Oils Used?

Stop and smell the roses
Simply smelling essential oils which are in plants and flowers,  is a good way to receive the pleasant aromas, and even some health benefits.

Essential oils are most commonly utilized by the distillation process when generated from the plant itself. Essential oils are made up of tiny molecules that can be inhaled through the nasal passages or absorbed by the body through the skin.

These oils are delivered for use by different methods. These methods include, steaming, topical application, diffusing, steaming, ingesting, using carrier oils. and inhaling/smelling the oils.

Topical  Topical application is the process of directly, and basically applying the oils to the skin. This provides for the essential oil to be absorbed through the skin, and then directly into the blood stream. Massages using essential oils can be very soothing, and effective.

These oils can be absorbed easily through the skin due to the fact that they are fat soluble. However, due to the concentrated power and strength of essential oils, to be safe they should be diluted prior to being topically applied.

Dilution of essential oils is accomplished with the use of carrier oils, not water. Generally speaking these carrier oils are used in a high ratio compared to the essential oil. Check the usage information for the proper ratios of carrier oils to essential oils.

Some of the more popular carrier oils are: coconut, almond, avocado, grape seed, and sunflower.

.Diffusing  Diffusing essential oils is accomplished with the use of a diffuser that emits the oil’s particles into the air and then breathed in. This is also known as aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is defined as the art of using essential oils to balance and harmonize the mind and body. This is done by stimulating certain components of the brain which profoundly affect the mind, and the body.

A standard ultrasonic diffuser machine uses very quiet, ultrasonic waves to diffuse water with your favorite essential oils to quickly fill your area with their stimulating effects.

Heat is not used with this process to diffuse the oils. By heating the oil, damage or compromise can occur to it’s beneficial properties.  Most essential oils also have pleasing aromas which adds to the experience as you smell and breathe them in.

Some of the more popular essential oils used for diffusing are lemon, peppermint, lavender, cinnamon, frankincense, and eucalyptus. 30 minutes is normally adequate diffusing time for you to reap benefits, and will help you conserve the essential oil.

Steaming

Steaming makes it easy for you to realize the benefit

What is in essential oil
Steaming is an easy way to deliver the benefits of essential oils.

s of essential oils. Begin by heating filtered water on the stove until it starts to steam.

Although not suggested, you can also fill a large cup or mug with filtered water and heat it in the microwave for 2 or 3 minutes.

Be very careful not to microwave the water for longer than this. Microwave heated water can explode and cause burns if it is heated for too long a period of time. It is much safer to heat the water on the stove.

Pour the water into a large cup or bowl, and pour a few drops of your choice of essential oil into the steaming water. This is very strong.

Wear glasses or close your eyes to protect your eyes. Move your face over the cup or bowl, and inhale through your mouth and nose.

You should instantly feel the results through your mouth and lungs, and through your nasal passages as well. This is an effective, fast way to feel the effects from the essential oils.

Inhaling/Smelling  The easiest, and most basic way to feel the effects of essential oils is to simply open the bottle, and sniff the contents.

It is also practical to open a bottle of you favorite type and put it in a bathroom, or anywhere else you would like to enjoy the scent of an essential oil without having to deal with a diffuser, or of needing to steam the oils.

Diffusing is more effective, but even just smelling the oil can give you that quick pick me up to make you feel better and lift your spirits.

Another popular method of using essential oils is to add a few drops to your bath.

Ingesting  (This method should only be attempted by or with guidance of a Certified Aromatherapist.) Caution should be used when ingesting essential oils.

Ingesting essential oils is an effective delivery method for some oils. It is also not a good idea for other essential oils. The majority of essential oils should only be ingested when mixed with a carrier oil.

Certain oils can also be ingested by putting a few drops in a cup or glass of water and drank. Essential oils should never be given orally to children. A child should never be allowed to ingest essential oils.

Frankincense, and lemon, because they are gentle, can usually be ingested under the tongue. Other oils are quite caustic, and may cause problems if ingested, or not ingested properly.

Therapeutic grade essential oil that is organic, pure and free of toxins and additives, and is also undiluted and unfiltered is ideal for this method.

Dryer Sheets:  Add a few drops of oil to a terry cloth, and place in dryer with laundry.

Household Cleaner:  Mix oil with distilled water into a spray bottle.

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Most Popular Essential Oils

What is in essential oil
Lavender essential oil is the most popular due to it’s aromatic scent, and it’s calming effects.

There are many different essential oils. A large number of these oils have very pleasant aromas, and provide significant health benefits. The most popular essential oils tend to have both attributes, pleasant aromas, and extensive health benefits.

1. Lavender Essential Oil   Lavender is famous for it’s calming effects. It is the most popular oil in The USA, and Canada, and is also widely used  throughout the rest of the world. Lavender is also useful for cuts, scrapes, and burns.  Lavender can also help bring on restful sleep, reduce stress, relieve depression, and control anxiety.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil  Peppermint is excellent for digestion, nausea, and for increased energy.  It helps to relieve sore muscles, and joints when used topically.  It is also a natural pain killer, and helps to relieve headaches. The most active ingredient in peppermint essential oil is menthol.

3. Turmeric Essential Oil  Also known as turmeric CO2 extract, it is one of the most versatile essential oils. Turmeric essential oil also contains curcumin, and turmerone. Excellent for joint pain, and inflammation.

The turmerone component can provide stem cell regeneration which helps with recovery from injury by providing adaptable cells for whatever the body may be lacking by creating new and healthy tissue.  Also great for the brain, and anti-aging.

4. Frankincense Essential Oil  Has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces brain inflammation. Often used during meditation. Helps you stay focused, centered, and balanced. Can provide relief from anxiety, and depression.

5. Rosemary Essential Oil  Rosemary essential oil is useful as a weight control aid. It helps control weight by limiting cortisol, the stress hormone.

This often helps control the emotions, as emotions may lead to excessive eating, and resulting weight gain. Can also support brain health and memory, and can even thicken your hair.

6. Lemon Essential Oil  Great for supporting your digestion, and gall bladder, and for cleansing your lymphatic system by providing detoxification. Other citric fruit essential oils can provide these same benefits.

7. Ginger Essential Oil  Excellent for digestion. Also helps with colds, and flu. Ginger essential oil helps in nutrient absorption of your food. Improved absorption results in more energy, and also helps to burn fat by increasing metabolism. 

8. Cinnamon Essential Oil  
Can help control blood sugar levels which and thus helps with diabetes. Also helps support healthy weight loss.

What is in Essential Oil Yesterday and Today

What is in essential oil
Essential oils are a great addition to your green, healthy arsenal.

What is in essential oil can be of enormous benefit to your health and well being. There is an entire alternative medical practice around essential oils called Aromatherapy.

Essential oils have been in use for over 3000 years. TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic (Indian) Medicine, and Egyptian Medicine all use essential oils extensively.  The Bible mentions essential oils 300 times.

Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds found in plants that naturally occur. They are concentrated hydrophobic liquids.

Plant essential oils can be located in the flowers, roots, seeds, leaves, stems, and bark within the plant. Some plants do not  produce or contain essential oils. There are natural, and synthetic or man made essential oils.

Essential oils are most commonly utilized by the distillation process when generated from the plant itself. Essential oils are made up of tiny molecules that can be inhaled through the nasal passages or absorbed by the body through the skin.

These oils are delivered for use by different methods. These methods include, steaming, topical application, diffusing, steaming, ingesting, using carrier oils. and inhaling/smelling the oils.

The most popular essential oils are: Lavender, Peppermint, Tumeric, Frankincense, Rosemary, Lemon, Ginger, and Cinnamon.

Do you have a favorite essential oil? How do you use it? What benefits do you see from it? I would like to know. Please leave your comments, questions, and suggestions below. Please also feel free to share on social media.  Thank you for reading, What is in Essential Oil.

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4 thoughts on “What is in Essential Oil”

  1. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for sharing this information about essential oils. I learned about them so late in life yet when I remember as children if we had colds or flu, we had to put our head covered with a towel over a bowl of warm water which had leaves from trees floating in it – either eucalyptus or tea-tree – I realise now this was a form of essential oil diffusion – who knew!
    I must say my favourites for aromatherapy lean towards the smells of Lavender, Eucalyptus and Tea-tree although Tea-tree varies in different countries.

    Chrissie

    1. Hi Chrissie, thank you for your comments. That is interesting that you were using diffusion as a child. I also like Lavender, and Tea Tree. I haven’t yet tried Eucalyptus. Take care, Tom

  2. I enjoyed your article on Essential Oils because I have recently started using them regularly. I mainly use them as Aromatherapy via a diffuser. I have heard wonderful things about the calming effect of Frankincense.
    I like how you outlined the most popular oils and what they are good for. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I believe there are lots of benefits from these natural oils.

    1. Hi Sharon, thank you for your comments. That is good that you are taking advantage of the benefits of essential oils. Tom

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