What are Essential Oils
Essential oils are plant extracts that are aromatic. These oils help the plant regulate growth and metabolism, builds the plant’s immune system and wards off viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and inserts. Like plants, these essential oils can help our body function better.
How are Essential Oils collected
The oils are extracted from plant leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, bark, wood, resin, and fruit. Methods for extracting oils from the plant are steam distillation and cold press extraction.
They are extremely concentrated, up to 70x stronger than herbs. For example, 1 drop of peppermint oil is as powerful as 28 cups of peppermint tea. We have 100 trillion cells in our body, one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell many times over. Isn’t that amazing!
Why Use Essential Oils?
Essential oils are not a new trend. They have actually been around for thousands of years. Past civilizations used them for their therapeutic and aromatic properties. More recently, essential oil use has had a resurgence. As people become more health aware and want more natural options, essential oils are filling that need.
Each and every essential oil has many medicinal properties, they vary depending on the oil. These medicinal properties can be used to help with pain, stress and many other day-to-day things we face.
They are a wonderful compliment to a healthy lifestyle. They do not prevent, treat or cure. They are actually tools that your body can use. They work naturally with your body so your own body can heal itself.
The oils are a 100% natural way to care for your health. They are completely natural, nothing has been added or taken away. So there are no side effects or addictions. They are safe and effective, even for sensitive skin (just dilute with carrier oil before you apply and make sure they are high quality).
Not all oils are created the same. Research the oil company before you buy to guarantee high quality oils. Be sure to get 100% natural, no artificial ingredients, no fragrance or fillers, free of pesticides and other chemical residues.
We like to use coconut or sunflower oil.
If you have been wanting to try using Essential Oils but haven’t, what are you waiting for? They can help you in a variety of ways. If you have any questions that you would like answered, post them as comments here or ask on our social media. Also, ask us how we can work together!
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