A quick read about aromatherapy.
Essential oils are a fragrant fluid distilled from shrubs, flowers, leaves, trees, roots, and seeds. These oils are called ‘essential’ because they play a vital role in the biological processes of the plant they are derived from. They carry the life-blood, intelligence, and vibrational energy that help to sustain the life of the plant while helping the humans that also use them.
Essential oils are highly concentrated. It takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce 1 pound of rose oil, and 250 pounds of lavender flowers to produce 1 pound of lavender oil, but it takes 3 tons of Melissa leaves/flowers to produce 1 pound of oil.
Not every essential oil is created equal, they change with every batch due to the farming techniques used, the crop that year, weather, and how well they grow or don’t grow, whether or not they were sprayed with pesticides. Each essential oil comes with its own individual medicinal properties, therapeutic properties, and characteristics which can change based on soil, climate, and altitude of the countries where the plants were grown.
Why do plants make essential oils?
Many reasons! Essential oils are vital to the plants life, and they are created for some pretty amazing reasons.
Defense – Essential oils that are located at the bottom of a plant in the root, bark, or leaves, they will use it to defend themselves against predators.
Protection – Plants can use essential oils to protect themselves from bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Pollination – Plants use essential oils to aid in pollination.
It takes how much of a plant to make a bottle of oil?
There are different types of each oil, and that should be taken into consideration when using oils. Take lavender, for example, there are many types of lavender, but only 2 that are mainly used. Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) and Lavandula latifolia (Spike Lavender). Spike lavender is better used as an expectorant and for easing pains and aches. Lavender is calming and soothing and is best used to calm emotions and for sleep.
Just some of the therapeutic properties of essential oils.
Some of the amazing therapeutic properties of oils are: (keep in mind these vary by each oil)
Analgesic: Acting to relieve pain.
Anti-Fungal: Treatment of fungal infections.
Expectorant: Treating of mucus from coughs.
Nervine: Calming of the nerves.
Anti-Bacterial: Active against bacteria.
Anti-Viral: Treatment of viral infections.
Digestive: To ease digestive issues.
Anti-Anxiety/Anti-Depressant: To help with emotions and feelings of sadness or anxiety.
Immune Support: Supportive of the immune system to better our bodies to fight off infections.
There are many, many more therapeutic properties, but these are some of the common reasons people look for natural treatments.
Why learning in-depth information about essential oils is important.
Before I became an aromatherapist I was taking most information about aromatherapy at face value. If I saw something on Pinterest by another blogger, I just thought “oooh, this is neat. I’m going to try it.” I never thought twice about it. I had joined an MLM essential oil company and I became terrified by the lack of safety information that was being spread just so they could make money. Oils are a great addition to your at home, natural medicine arsenal, but they will only benefit you if they are being used in a safe manner, and correctly.
What I am doing here?
I want to help make the safety information in aromatherapy for readily available for the average person, and I want to help create transparency around aromatherapy and how the businesses work. I want to encourage families to use aromatherapy in their daily lives, and for the healing ailments in their families, but I want to make sure they do it with caution and not fear. Essential oils are highly concetrated, and have incredible uses for healing, but just like any other medicine you take, there are risks and there should be caution. Being from nature doesn’t mean free from risk.
Do you use essential oils? Are you scared to use essential oils? Would you like to know more about the safe use of essential oils?