Essential Oils 101

Updated: Jul 24, 2019


WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of Essential Oils. 

These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. 

They give plants their distinctive smells and Essential Oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. 

In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, Essential Oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices.

• Naturally occurring volatile aromatic compounds • Found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants • Protect plants against environmental threats and provide beneficial properties • Highly concentrated when distilled for purity, potency, and efficacy • Used historically for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices


WHY USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years. When you choose our oils, you are choosing Essential Oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. 

Experienced Essential Oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective Essential Oils.

• Provide health-conscious individuals with a safe and natural alternative • Used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications • Have few, if any, undesirable side effects when used as directed • One drop is all that is needed to achieve a powerful benefit


HOW DO I USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

AROMATIC • Essential Oils, when diffused or inhaled, can be very stimulating, calming, or soothing. Diffusing Essential Oils can also cleanse and purify the air. TOPICAL • Essential Oils can be safely applied for massage or topical therapy. • Chemical structure enables them to pass through skin for an immediate systemic response.  THIRTY SECONDS to get into your bloodstream - THIRTY MINUTES to get through your entire body.

INTERNAL • Certain Essential Oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements for targeted wellness.


THE POWER of AROMA


One of the most well-studied areas of aroma research is the effect of smell on EMOTIONS and MOOD.


For example, there is convincing evidence demonstrating that simply inhaling the AROMA of an ESSENTIAL OIL is effective for calming nervous or anxious feelings in a variety of settings.


The SMELL receptors located on the upper surface of the nasal cavity make direct links with the limbic system of the brain, an area that governs the body’s EMOTIONAL responses.


This close connection between AROMA and EMOTION becomes obvious in our everyday life as certain odors trigger MEMORIES or specific FEELINGS. Some AROMAS directly impact MOOD (for example calming, balancing, or invigorating), while others trigger memories of a specific experience, often one tied to a strong EMOTION.


Intriguing new research has also helped us recognize that the benefits of AROMA extend far beyond just EMOTIONAL regulation.

In addition to influencing the limbic region of the BRAIN, olfactory centers are also intricately linked with the hypothalamus, an area of the BRAIN more familiarly nicknamed the “visceral control center” because it controls physiologic functions throughout the body. The hypothalamus exerts its POWERFUL influence by interacting directly with the pituitary gland, or “master gland,” a small gland located in the BRAIN.


The pituitary gland secretes hormones involved in the regulation of BLOOD PRESSURE, HUNGER and THIRST signals, THYROID function, SLEEP cycles, production of sexual HORMONES, and MEMORY, among other things.


Because of the direct link of the olfactory system to this area of the brain, AROMA is capable of interacting directly with the hypothalamus, influencing neurochemistry throughout the body, and, in turn, potentiating POWERFUL health outcomes.


There are many acceptable ways to use Essential Oils for their AROMATIC properties. One method is to DIFFUSE the oil into the air. Not only does diffusion make the oil accessible to the body, but research indicates that there are also AIR PURIFICATION benefits when diffusing oils.


When diffusing oils, use of cold air or hydrodiffusion is best because burning or heating Essential Oils can ALTER their delicate chemistry. If a diffuser is not available, simply DROPPING Essential Oils into the palm of the hand and then cupping around the nose and breathing deeply is a CONVENIENT METHOD for using Essential Oils at ANY time, in ANY situation.


LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad of therapeutic benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for mummification, bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; its ability to calm and soothe the mind and body continue to be Lavender’s most notable qualities. 

Lavender is frequently used to soothe skin irritations and help skin recover quickly. Applying it to the back of the neck and temples helps reduce muscle tension. 

Inhaling Lavender promotes relaxation and a restful night’s sleep, making it an ideal oil to diffuse at bedtime and when stress levels are high. 

Due to its versatility and soothing properties, Lavender is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.

• Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities.  • Soothes occasional skin irritations. • Reduces appearance of skin imperfections. • Helps to ease feelings of tension.* • Take internally to reduce anxious feelings.* • Take internally for a peaceful sleep.*

PRACTICAL USES:  • Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet for a restful night’s sleep. • Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air with a light mist of Lavender combined with water in a spray bottle. • Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck. • Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.


DIGESTIVE BLEND ESSENTIAL OIL

Digestive Blend is known as a “tummy tamer” blend due to its ability to aid in digestion, soothe stomach upset, and maintain overall digestive health. 

This unique blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. 

It can be taken internally as well as applied topically to the abdomen when stomach upset occurs and can be used safely by the entire family. 

This ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND is a healthy, natural, and gentle way to soothe an upset stomach or maintain a healthy digestive system. 

• Eases feelings of queasiness.* • Helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion.*

PRACTICAL USES: • Use with fractionated coconut oil for a soothing abdominal massage. • Before a road trip, apply one to two drops for a calming aroma. • Add to water or tea to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.* • Have on hand when enjoying heavy holiday meals to promote digestion.* • When traveling or trying new foods take to soothe occasional stomach discomfort.*


LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL

As one of the top-selling Essential Oils, Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air, disinfects surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. 

When added to water, it provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. 

Due to its high limonene content, Lemon is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals. Taken internally, it provides cleansing and digestive benefits, can soothe an irritated throat, and supports healthy respiratory function. 

When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to improve mood and cognitive ability.

• Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces. • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion.* • Supports healthy respiratory function.* • Diffuse to promote a positive mood. • Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*

PRACTICAL USES: • Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. • Lemon oil makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes. • Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments. • Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals. • Put on rag to help remove stubborn, sticky residue off surfaces. • Wash hands with Lemon oil to remove grease after changing your oil.