Right now you are wondering what the heck is an essential oil. And you want it to be explained in a simple way, no big hypertecnical words that nobody fully gets. Did I guess right?
An essential oil is like the “blood” of a plant, the live and volatile essence which results from the distillation of flowers, trees, leaves, seeds, roots… This substance cannot be seen when you cut a flower or the stem of a plant, since it is an ethereal and volatile essence. Thanks to the distillation, this substance is separated from the other physical components of the plant, preserving all the properties and benefits, and it’s extracted in the form of an essential oil. This is the reason why the more it’s processed, the less properties it will retain. This means that the first distillation will always retain more properties than if it has been distilled 5 or 6 times. In addition, they are highly concentrated which is why only one drop is so powerful!
An essential oil is like the “blood” of a plant, the live and volatile essence which results from the distillation of flowers, trees, leaves, seeds, roots…
The texture and density of an essential oil is different in every case, however they are not greasy, they don’t clog pores and they are quickly absorbed by the skin. Everything we put on our skin is diffused throughout our entire body, through the exchange between the extra-cellular and lacunary liquids, the blood, lymph and tissues. This is how essential oils reach every cell in our body, our organs and the limbic system – also known as emotional brain – and they help your body to reestablish its physical, mental and emotional health in a natural way. They were the first natural medicine and cosmetic in history.
They were the first natural medicine and cosmetic in history.
Essential oils have such a long list of uses that I could recite all day. Not only do they help with a never-ending amount of health issues, from the common cold to rheumatoid arthritis, hormonal problems, insomnia, psoriasis, etc. They will become your natural first-aid kit. They will substitute your daily cosmetic products like your shampoo and your moisturizer or even your toothpaste, and they can also help you clean your home and take care of your pets. It is one of the easier ways of looking after your family, your health and your home without harmful artificial products.
And now, the million dollar question: how do I use an essential oil? Very simple: dilute with a carrier oil – argan, jojoba, coconut… – and apply to the skin, usually directly over the affected area. You can also use a diffuser, but make sure it’s a cold diffusion, otherwise the oils could loose their therapeutic properties due to the heat. And there are even some oils which are suitable for ingestion, although the safety indications to follow in such a case are very strict.
My family and me use Young Living essential oils exclusively, and I strongly recommend them. With them I have the Seed to Seal guarantee, as the company owns their own farms and controls the production from the moment the soil is plowed until the final product is being bottled. They even use their own essential oils in their farms, proof of the trust they have in their own product. As a bonus, their products are the result of the first distillation, something other brands cannot guarantee. The first distillation, as I explained above, maintains all the active principles and therapeutic properties of the plant. Anything that comes after will have less quality and effect. Young Living essential oils are 100% pure, they have no synthetic ingredients added, and don’t have an expiration date as they don’t go rancid (only in the case they aren’t stored correctly or exposed to heat). In fact, sometimes they even leave certain products out of stock if the crop or distillation didn’t reach the standard quality.
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