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WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

August 25, 2017

Regain your body's natural homeopathic balance by tapping into the ancient wisdom of essential oils. Through the ages, they have been relied upon again and again—because they provide natural remedies for common ailments.

 

An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing aromatic and other beneficial compounds from plants. The oil is referred to as "essential" because it contains the essence of the plant's fragrance from which it is derived. You can tap into the ageless power of essential oils in three ways—through inhalation, topical application on the skin and ingesting.

 

Although essential oils have been used for centuries—millennia, even—there has been a recent resurgence in their popularity through aromatherapy. Oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer, heated over a candle flame, or  burned as incense. Essential oils may be used for reducing stress, increasing focus and mental clarity.

 

Two of the most popular essential oils are lavender and peppermint. Both emanate a relaxing aroma. Additionally, lavender may be used to moisturize the skin. Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting digestion.

 

Best of all, essential oils are non-toxic. Essential oils are friendly to our environment and our planet—not to mention our bodies.

 

There’s an Oil for That

In today’s world, technology seems to hold the solution to every problem. Whether you need to get a date, stay on top of today’s headlines or balance your checking account, “there’s an app for that.” We have become so reliant on our smartphones, laptops, e-readers and tablets that it’s easy to lose sight of the simplicity that defined our lives in earlier times. 

 

But the fact is, the ancient wisdom found in essential oils is still relevant today. In fact, essential oils can help us in many ways.

 

How are Essential Oils Used?

You can infuse essential oils into any setting, and create a spa-like experience anywhere life takes you:

 

Diffuser: oils are dispersed in a micro-fine vapor, allowing them to be suspended in the air for an extended period of time—heating the oils so they retain their benefits. 

 

Dry Evaporation: add a few drops to a cotton ball and leave it wherever you are, at work at your desk or at home.

 

Steam: add a few drops to steaming water, which quickly vaporizes the oil. 

 

Spray: add some drops of essential oils to a water-based solution, shake it, and spray into the air in order to deodorize a room or set a mood. 

 

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