What are Essential Oils?

Some Basic Facts

220px-Bee_pollen_lavenderEssential oils first came into my life over 15 years ago, when I began to work intuitively with energy healing. I heard some specific guidance in my mind, and I found essential oils.

Our sense of smell is tied to the reptilian brain and some of our most intense, profound memories are triggered by smells. The reason for this is a small gland in the limbic system of the brain that plays a major role in the storing and releasing of emotional trauma and is known as the amygdala.This gland gets stimulated by the use of essential oils through inhalation. Powerful healing can happen with the introduction of certain smells at the proper time. But this is only one way in which essential oils are used.

300px-Mummy_at_British_MuseumEssential oils have been used for centuries to treat physical challenges and support general health and well-being. It can be said that essential oils were the first real medicines mankind employed to help themselves in many ways. Priests and physicians in China and Egypt have been using essential oils for thousands of years. Essential oils were used in the complicated embalming process in Egypt, and temples there were dedicated to the preparing and blending together of essential oils.

350px-Gutenberg_Bible,_Lenox_Copy,_New_York_Public_Library,_2009._Pic_01The Bible contains almost 200 distinct references to essential oils. The most well-known reference are the oils the three wise men presented to the Christ child. They brought gifts of frankincense and myrrh along with a gift of gold when they arrived at the manger in Bethlehem.

Jesus’ feet were anointed with another oil, spikenard, when He was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper. There are other references to oils being used to heal the sick and for anointing purposes in the Bible as well.

All pure essential oils have some anti-bacterial properties and can help to increase the production of white blood cells which helps fight off infectious diseases.  Aromatic herbs have been widely used throughout the ages during the onsets of the epidemic plagues of the Middle Ages. The use of essential oils can provide a higher level of resistance to illness like colds and flues. Also, the use of oils can help a person recover faster from such diseases than those who do not use essential oils.

It is important to note here that not all oils are created equally. Look for pure, unadulterated, therapeutic-grade essential oils if you choose to explore this area. The oil is actually distilled from the plants themselves including the leaves, stems, roots, bark, flowers, or seeds. Certain other variables will affect the quality and effect of the oil, and are considerations when you look for a good, quality oil: the part of the plant used to produce the oil, the region where the plant grew, how the plant was grown (organically or conventionally), and how the oil is extracted are only a few of the variables that impact the end product.

You will soon discover that some oils are more expensive than others, and that therapeutic-grade oils are generally more expensive than some other oils. The added cost is worth it. Most of the essential oils produced in the world today are for use by the perfume industry and thus get processed in a way that captures the aromatic component only. Often, producers use high temperatures and chemicals in the processing, which produces a greater quantity of oil at a lesser cost, but the components that generate the therapeutic effects are usually lacking.

Some oils are actually synthetic versions of the real thing, and as such do not provide the benefits of a pure essential oil despite having the same smell as the therapeutic grade oil.

There are several different ways to use essential oils, I will speak in greater detail about these methods of employing essential oils for health and well-being in a separate article.

Everything is frequency. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are valuable and powerful tools that can be employed to assist in the elevation and maintenance of our individual vibration. These essential oils have the potential to be, well, an “essential” part of any effort to assist the body through the process of transitioning to a higher level of functioning.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment the greatest treasure. ~Lao Tzu

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2 thoughts on “What are Essential Oils?

    • The oils can be a powerful adjunct to healing or other energy work. Their uses are limited only by our ability to imagine. Thank you, Earth Mother, for this wonderful healing gift.

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