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Have you noticed the increased popularity of essential oils lately?
Essential oils are powerful, naturally occurring, aromatic compounds that are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Benefits can be achieved through aromatic, topical, and internal applications.
Essential oils are a plant’s natural medicine, offering protection against viruses, bacteria, and diseases that attack the cells. Essential oils work in our bodies in the same way. They are antibacterial, inhibit virus reproduction, cleanse toxins, destroy parasites, and support the immune system. One drop of essential oil contains hundreds of unique compounds that support our bodies in many ways. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself when given the proper support. All you need is one to two drops for each application.
Essential oils have numerous uses, such as supporting our health, adding natural flavors to food and water, or cleaning our homes without toxic chemicals. One of the things I love is knowing I’m using safe products with no harsh chemicals or additives. A few drops of oils mixed in a few ounces of water and you have a non-toxic cleaner.
Essential oils have been used throughout history and around the world. They are the oldest and most powerful therapeutic agents known to us. These oils have been used for centuries in healing, therapy, and religious rituals. Clove and lemon oil were used as disinfectants hundreds of years before the discovery of modern antiseptics. The ancient Egyptians were the first to recognize the therapeutic qualities of essential oils, documenting their use of essential oils as remedies as early as 1500 BC. The Arabians, Greeks, and Romans were also known to use essential oils. Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” was believed to have halted a devastating plague in Athens with aromatics, and the Romans purified buildings by diffusing essential oils. In the 1800s, laboratories began reproducing essential oils synthetically by isolating active components of these plant-based remedies. Thus began the emergence of pharmaceuticals.
Another important factor to note is that it matters where the plants are sourced. Here’s why:
Where the plant is grown has a direct impact on the potency, purity, and therapeutic quality of the essential oil it produces. It’s important to ensure that the plant is grown in the proper nutritive soil and climate in its indigenous environment. When the plant is cultivated and harvested in its natural habitat and grown by farmers who have generations of experience with that particular plant, the essential oil produced will be of the highest therapeutic quality. For example, lavender oil comes from the fields of France, and lemon oil comes from Sicily, Italy. The natural soil elements found in these regions can’t be duplicated. After being carefully steam distilled or cold pressed, every batch of essential oils is put through a rigorous CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality analysis. This protocol ensures potency, purity, and consistency. During the protocol, heavy metal, microbial, and organoleptic tests are conducted by independent laboratories.
Here’s how essential oils can help you and your family:
There are oils that can aid in clear breathing by supporting the respiratory system. For occasional stomach discomfort, an oil can be applied topically or internally to the belly for soothing digestive relief. There are also essential oils that provide targeted comfort to tired and sore joints and muscles. One of my favorite things is to diffuse essential oils and purify the air while at the same time creating a relaxing spa-like environment at home. A favorite trio among all of the oils are lemon, lavender, and peppermint. These three are commonly used in the spring and fall to alleviate seasonal and environmental discomfort.
LORA WARE started using doTERRA essential oil products after learning about toxic chemicals common in our cleaning and personal care products. She’s a Dental Hygienist and holds a Bachelor of Science degree. Lora can be reached at lora.usingessentialoils.com.