What are essential oils?
Essential oils are aromatic volatile oils that come from plants and contain the healing properties of the plants. They are a highly concentrated and penetrate our cells quickly, due in part to their light molecular weight and water phobic properties. They are so concentrated, that it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to make 1 pound of rose oil and one drop of peppermint is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea.
How do we get essential oils?
Distillation is the process by which the plant matter is put in a stainless steel cylinder with steam running up from the bottom. On the Young Living Farm in Mona, Utah, the cylinder is about 20 feet tall and 8 feet across. The plant is packed into the cylinder in a way so that the most material can be processed while still allowing the steam to easily flow up through the distiller. The steam draws out the oil and it is taken out through the top . The steam is cooled and the oil separates from the water.
Why use them?
Modern medicine is a wonderful thing. If I were to break my leg, I would be grateful to have access to an emergency room! Often times however, in everyday ailments modern medicine can have many side effects. We have always been a family that tries to use natural methods when able and support our body in healing. Essential oils have been an effective part of our wellness toolbox and have helped with a wide range of issues including respiratory infections, anxiety, and pain relief.
What can they be used for?
Many essential oils have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibiotic properties. In addition, they can help with mental and emotional well being. I have found the saying, There is an oil for that, to be very true. I think that is one of the aspects about them that I enjoy is figuring out what works for our family! You will find many suggestions throughout these pages on specific attributes.
One last word about oils
While there are many different brands of oils on the market, many of them are not pure therapeutic grade oils. There is a big difference between fragrance oil and even some essential oil brands. Because of the fragile nature of plants and the distillation process, quality is everything! I trust Young Living brand because of their seed to seal process. Young Living carefully controls the process from seed to planting, soil conditions, growing conditions on their many farms, and even the bottling process. The process is tested at every step to insure the highest quality possible! Click here to read more about the Seed to Seal process!
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