Understanding Essential Oils and its Benefits
There are more ill people in our world than ever before. The number of people with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, thyroid issues, lack of energy and various kinds of depression is the highest that it’s ever been in our living history. At the same time people have come to better understand the power of essential oils. This gentle, natural form of plant-based medicine is also growing faster than ever before. The essential oils market is exploding globally and it is absolutely phenomenal. There are currently over seventeen thousand registered case studies for essential oils. We now have empirical evidence that essential oils really work as well as how best to use them. We also understand when not to use them, whom not to use them on as well as the dangers of incorrect application. Many doctors, psychologists and medical professionals have started recommending and prescribing essential oils along with standard medicine. Parents have been using Lavender oil to soothe babies for centuries. Eucalyptus is a common remedy used for runny noses, to ease respiratory systems and for joint pain. These popular oils are now joined by oils such as Frankincense which is showing fantastic results for depression. Turmeric oil is on the rise for its results in treating cancer and Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is getting a lot of attention for its treatment of adrenal fatigue and anxiety.
What is Aromatherapy and what are Essential Oils?
Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine that uses essential oils as well as aromatic plant compounds to improve a person's psychological and physical wellbeing.
Essential oils are the pure essence of a plant. They are in essence plant based compounds that have gone through a distillation process. The very best that the plant has to offer is extracted in such a way that it brings benefits to the person using it in a safe manner. Essential oils are also called volatile oils, and these volatile oils evaporate in the air. Distillation separates the water soluble and fat soluble compounds. Essential come from the root word "quintessential" which actually means from the essence of something and they represent the life force or an essence of a plant. Drawing the oils out harnesses the healing powers of the plant.
Essential oil molecules are some of the smallest molecules in the world and can penetrate the blood brain barrier in humans when some chemotherapies can’t. They are also transdermal which means they can penetrate your skin and move into your bloodstream. Be careful of confusing essential oils with products that have synthetic ingredients and have no benefits. Synthetic ingredients are frowned upon in aromatherapy. How to spot them? They can be listed as a ‘fragrance or perfume oil’ on the label of the product.
How do Essential Oils and Aromadough work?
Essential oils are inhaled, ingested or applied topically. Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs work like this; the natural constituents, the naturally occurring chemicals, supplies a therapeutic benefit. Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion is a prominent example or smelling peppermint oil to relieve a headache. Essential oils really promote health in the body in a natural way.
Essential oils that are applied to the skin i.e. topically, are absorbed into the bloodstream through your skin. Never apply neat essential oil directly to the skin without diluting it into a carrier oils such as coconut, grapeseed, sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil.
Aromadough is a perfect vehicle to get essential oils into your system. Your skin is absorbing the essential oils as well as the massively beneficial coconut oil into the skin on your hands as you play with it. You are also breathing in the essential oil molecules every time you smell the dough.