Essential Oils – the Basics!
Have you ever heard of Essential Oils? Are you already familiar with them? To some degree? I thought I was when, not too long ago, I realized that I had missed out for decades on their true potential.
Up to that point, Essential Oils had been part of my life for many, many years. Their wonderful fragrances have been used in my daily life as air fresheners or perfume, as something that could support my sleep. I would also infuse my homemade pralinés with them. So I have always loved essential oils, but basically took them rather “lightly“. Yet now I know: they are so much more!
So, what are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. Plants produce essential oils for their own protection from mold, fungus, viruses and bacteria. Essential oils also play a role in plant pollination.
When we extract pure essential oils from a plant we receive similar health benefits for our bodies. In addition to supporting us on a physical level, they also directly affect our emotional and mental well-being.
Now, isn’t this simply amazing? Are you surprised about this potential? I certainly was, yet these facts are far from new:
using essential oils for food preparation, beauty treatment and health care practices dates back thousands of years, and has been found in several cultures all over the globe. In China and India, in Egypt and Cyprus, just to name a few, the tradition of extracting essential oils from plants was well-known.
For example: Egyptians used oils to embalm the dead. In addition, they used essential oils for their beauty rituals: Cleopatra is said to have invented the first Spa.
Romans built upon the Egyptians’ knowledge and integrated essential oils into their life, for example Lavender into their important bathing routines.
Hippocrates, the father of modern Western medicine, used essential oils, especially Oregano, to help his patients heal.
In 2005 a clay still was discovered that is around 4,000 years old. This still was found on Cyprus and included bowls that when tested, indicated that the still was used to distill rosemary, lavender and other plants.
Now, back from Egypt, Rome and Cyprus to us.
There’s one important thing though to keep in mind to reap these powerful benefits of essential oils: Quality! Yes, with a capital Q.
You will only be able to experience the effects mentioned above with
1. oils that aren’t synthetic. And over 70 % on the market are.
2. oils that are not adulterated. Often, no synthetic but natural fillers are added to lower the cost.
3. oils that have been harvested, extracted and tested by experts so that the oils’
chemical profile is intact.
4. oils from plants that have grown in their indigenous environment. Lavender from
France, for instance, where it naturally grows, is extremely potent.
So, I’m curious: having the basic understanding of essential oils now, how do you feel about these natural powerhouses of vitality? Would you like to know more? There have been done thousands and thousands of studies on essential oils where you can dig deeper. There are great books available as well. If you’d like to directly connect with me, I’d be delighted to support you around all things essential oils for your unique situation.
Here’s to essential oils for your thriving life!
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