Essential oils are natural, highly concentrated organic compounds in plants that give them a strong fragrance. They are found in all parts of the plant, including roots, stems, twigs, bark, wood, leaves, buds, flowers, fruits, and seeds. Scientific study has found many uses for essential oils including many healthhy effects you can benefit from.
Essential oils were the original drugs used as cures for various diseases. By the 13th century they were being made by pharmacies in the East and their effects were well documented. By the 16th century they were plentiful in Europe and England. In the 17th century, pharmacies in France were stocking 15 to 20 different oils.
Essential oils are currently used most extensively in the fragrance and flavor industry. Aromatherapy is now a minor use, amounting to just a few percent of the total essential oil market.
Plants use essential oils to further their propagation by attracting pollinators and to protect their life by repelling harmful insects and warding off mold, fungi and bacteria. Each plant has a unique blend of approximately 20 to 60 compounds in its essential oil. The specific compounds and the concentrations of those compounds define the effects of the oil.
Essential oils are the highly concentrated aromatic compounds in plants that many believe have therapeutic properties.
Perhaps you have wondered “What’s the perfume in flowers and other plant parts?” They are essential oils. And in addition to aroma, the essential oils also contain plant hormones combined with other substances.
Essential oils are effective at surprisingly low concentrations. They have significant effects on plant life, animals as well as insects.
Essential oils appeared in ancient plants (including seeds, roots, stems, bark, flowers, and other plant parts) and have been produced by nearly all plants ever since. They have affected animals from the beginning. Essential oils are mentioned in the literature of Egypt, Rome, Israel, India and most other ancient cultures.
This long term interest has lasted for many years because both plants and animals benefit from essential oils.
These essential oils we use today are extracted from plants through pressing, steam distillation on dried plants, or extracted by solvents. Unfortunately, solvents like alcohol sometimes destroy some of the therapeutic value of the oils. The easy extraction of essential oils with solvents makes the oils less expensive, but also less effective.
Anciently for over 5000 years, people used essential oils mainly for perfume. As their use became more widespread people noticed the therapeutic value of essential oils. The French were among the first to use essential oils in aromatherapy. Today we use essential oils in many ways including aromatherapy, rubbing them into our skin, and taking them with foods or beverages.
Being natural, they typically have few side effects when compare to pharmaceutical drugs. The essential oils benefits provide relief for inflammation, fatigue, insomnia, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and many other ailments.
In this video, Jordan Rubin and Dr. Josh Axe discuss several different essential oils — including frankincense, turmeric, lavender, oregano, clove, tea tree, ylang ylang and so many more — and how to use each one to help combat common illnesses. Watch to learn the power of essential oils as medicine.
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Personally, I use a small amount of peppermint and garlic essential oils, along with some sea salt, in my nasal spray. Both peppermint and garlic, as well as salt, have antibacterial properties. I used to get sinus infections at least once a year. After including the essential oils and salt in my nasal spray I have been free of sinus infections.
I recommend using essential oils to help you stay healthy.
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