Essential Oils – much more than perfume
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are botanical extracts derived from parts of plants. They are created from leaves, seeds, barks, roots, petals, rinds and resins. Makers within the oil industry use different methods of extraction, such as stream distillation from flower petals or cold expression from a citrus peel, in order to concentrate the parts of the plant into oils.
As with any consumer product currently out there, various qualities of essential oils are available to the public and wide ranges of pricing reflect quality, purity and rarity. Think about it: not all tomato sandwiches are created equal because not all tomatoes are grown in hearty soil, watered well, and provided the same existence. In this same way, not all peppermint essential oil is created equal and the consumer must be discerning if he/she is choosing to purchase essential oils for healing benefits, instead of just for perfume.
In ancient times, essential oils of our natural, vegetative world were used readily as healing agents. Humans used these potent extractions topically on their skin, internally in their bodies, and breathed in their vapors for curative effects. As was the case for humans 5,000 years ago–and not unlike today–humans suffered from seasonal threats, bug bites, headaches, nervous conditions, wounds, muscle pain, contagious diseases, etc. Essential oils were not just a great option for healing one’s body, but they were the only medicinal option for many humans in all parts of the world. Simply, essential oils were used as medicine! In fact, over 2,000 years ago, all along the Silk Road (a collection of trade routes spanning over 4,300 miles from Europe, Persia, India and throughout China) merchants traded essential oil extracts and resins for those seeking better health. Botanical medicine was a necessary way of life, especially if a person had the means to obtain precious oil extracts and use them accordingly.
While there are many essential oils in existence, such as Cypress, Lavender, Rose, Lemon, Orange, Cardamon, Manuka, etc, Frankincense and Myrrh have continued to make headlines. They are known by many modern day individuals for their appearance in Jesus Christ’s birth story. In Biblical times, they were known to have powerful healing benefits for a variety of spiritual, emotional and physical needs. They were also worth extraordinary amounts of money, in part due to the challenge in obtaining and dispersing them. In today’s American dollars, Frankincense was worth $500 a pound and Myrrh was worth $4000 a pound when given to Jesus. Both were considered to be gifts “fit for a King,” yet many people only consider the monetary worth to this special baby when assessing that phrase. It must also be mentioned: their value also lies in their healing properties. These gifts were usable.
What is powerful to understand about Frankincense and Myrrh is why those gifts might benefit a tiny baby. Frankincense, for one, is used to help one sleep. It is known as a “master oil’ and amplifies any of the other oils it is used alongside. It is beneficial for cellular repair, calms the nervous system, reduces anxiety and increases white blood cell production, thus defending the body against infection. Myrrh, is powerful in its own right and was used for wound care and mending skin conditions. Historically, mothers fortunate enough to have access to Myrrh, would apply myrrh oil on the stump of their babies’ soon to be belly button. This soothing application would block against potential infection and encourage proper healing of the area.
Today our knowledge of how to effectively use essential oils is in its infancy again, no pun intended. With the advent of pharmaceutical medicine, many people walking around in our modern world using might now know of other options besides their little orange bottles from the pharmacy. For some time, traditional practices of applying botanical extracts, poultices and tinctures has faded with the empowerment of lab-created pills. However, people are beginning to seek a natural means to their healthcare again. Perhaps they are re-learning that they could use botanical medicine TODAY in their lives just as people did long ago. The upsides of essential oils as natural medicine are worth investigating.
Using essential oils in your home may be the answer you’ve been searching for if you are wanting a more cost-effective, natural, safe and effective option to synthetic pills and drugstore medicines. If this information resonates with you, please be in touch with me. My phone number is written below. It is my hope to listen to you, answer your questions, provide education, and help you get the essential oils you need in order to experience better health.
Katy Hartness. 704 * 441 * 2178