Essential Oils are the newest old thing on the Wellness and Health care Horizon. The volatile liquids, steam distilled from various parts of a variety of plants are considered to be Essential Oils. Chemical, they are lipid soluble, small molecules that can be easily absorbed thru the ski, inhaled or taken orally in some instances. They are powerful antioxidants so they inhibit free radical formation; help with oxidative stress, destroy harmful bacteria, viruses and fungus, as well as influence moods, improve sleep and relaxation. Pretty amazing stuff, right?
Essential Oils were the main stay of medicinal compounds in Biblical times and the Romans and the Greeks were avid users of these oils also.
Today, Essential Oils are seeing a resurgence in use because we are looking for safer and kinder ways to address many of our medical problems.
Some Essential oils can be used “neat” or undiluted directly on the skin, but most need to be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil before being applied topically. Besides direct topical application, on the area of concern, Essential oils can be used in a compress, as an additive to massage oils and in bath salts.
Diffusing or inhaling is a very popular way to incorporate Essential oils into your system. An ultrasonic diffuser can disperse oxygenated essential oil molecules that will remain in the air for several hours.
Most of these oils can also be taken internally; swallowed in a capsule or mixed an beverage such as tea or added to cooked food at the end of the cooking process. Too much heat can alter the chemical makeup of the oil and change the metabolic effects of this oil.
Most Essential Oils are approved for internal use and are considered Generally Recognized as Safe. (GRAS) But some like Birch and Cedarwood oils should not be used internally.
Some of the major uses for Essential oils:
Soothing – > Lavender
Invigorating – > Peppermint
Anti-infective – > Lemongrass
Antifungal – > Tea Tree
Anti-inflammatory – > Clove
To name just a few. So stop by and see our selection of Essential Oils and let us talk about what you are interested in.