Blissfully Brief History of Essentials & How They Work
oils were humankind's first medicine. From human hieroglyphics and
Chinese manuscripts, we know that priests and physicians have been
using essential oils for thousands of years.
word "aromatherapy" was first introduced by Rene-Maurice
Gattefosse, a French chemist in 1928. The word itself is misleading....as
it suggests that it is a form of healing that works exclusively
through the sense of smell and on the emotions. However, apart from
smell, every essential oil has an individual combination of constituents
that interacts with the body's chemistry in a different manner,
which in turn can affect systems as a whole. For example, rub a
clove of garlic on the soles of your feet. Wait a little while as
the volatile oil is carried through you blood stream. Before you
know it the odor will appear on your breath.
are essential oils? ... Essentials are volatile liquids that are
distilled from plants. They are often more water like than oil.
Their molecular structure is smaller than that of a skin pore which
explains the rapid absorption rate into the body. Essentials should
rarely be applied directly to the skin....they should be diluted
in water or a carrier oil.
benefits do essentials provide?...
They quickly penetrate the tissues of the skin.
They are lipid soluble and can penetrate cell walls.
Essentials contain oxygen which help transport nutrients. This helps
to stimulate immune mechanisms of the body.
They are powerful antioxidants.
Essentials can be anti-bacterials, anticancerous, antifungal, antiviral,
list could go on and on.
read "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils"
by Julia Lawless for concise information on all essentials.