Sunday, April 17, 2011

What Is An Essential Oil?

When I was in my 20's, I was introduced to essential oils when my son Jarrod was struggling with pneumonia.  A massage therapist suggested we diffuse Eucalyptus in the house.  We bought the diffuser and used the oil until Jarrod was better.  I remember being very skeptical of how this "smell" in the air could heal my son, so I accredited his recovery to the antibiotics and time.  It just never occurred to me how unique and amazing essential oils are until I started using plant medicine. 

Essential oils, known as nature’s living energy, are the natural, aromatic volatile liquids found in shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. The distinctive components in essential oils defend plants against insects, environmental conditions, and disease. They are also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plant sources via steam distillation, and are highly concentrated and far more potent than dry herbs.  This makes them an excellent resource in healing with plant medicine. 

Historically, essential oils have played a prominent role in everyday life. With more than 200 references to aromatics, incense, and ointments throughout the Bible, essential oils are said to be used for anointing and healing the sick.  The Egyptians were the first people to extensively make use of aromatherapy and aromatic herbs and included their use in religion, cosmetics as well as medicinal purposes.  There is history of the use of essential oils dating back to 4500 BC., yet in this modern world of the "wonder pill", many are skeptical of this gift!

Not all essential oils are the same.  It is important to use pure, therapeutic grade oils such as Young Living.  Learn more about this at: http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/company/therapeutic-grade.html

I feel so blessed that I have in my possession, the healing power of essential oils.  They have truly changed the lives of myself, my family and friends and I can't wait to share them with the world!