What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly aromatic, concentrated substances that are extracted from the leaves, needles, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other parts of the plant. These oils are extracted by steam or water distillation or cold pressed, among other methods. Essential oils perform many important biological processes for the plant and they can do the same for humans. They have the intelligence for seeking balance, this means an oil that will work in one way in the body can also work in the opposite way, depending on the body’s need at the time. For example, Cedarwood oil can help you focus during the day but when used at nighttime will promote relaxation. Therapeutic grade essential oils boost the body out of an acidic state and into an alkaline state, which promotes wellness. Essential oils are the polar opposite of harmful chemicals and are actually beneficial for your body. 

Essential oils have differing chemical properties and were man’s first medicines given by God Himself. There are three main categories of essential oils: Phenols, Sesquiterpenes and Monoterpenes. Some oils are high in Phenol, which clean cellular receptor sites. Some oils are high in Sesquiterpenes, which remove bad information or cell trash that is not needed any longer. Finally, oils that are high in monoterpenes put everything good and valuable back in the cell memory or DNA to make it work properly.

There are three main methods through which the body can receive essential oils: topically through the skin, inhalation through the lungs and orally into the digestive system. Historically, Germans have used the inhalation method. The English have typically preferred topical massage and the French support oral ingestion of essential oils.

The limbic system, located in your brain, is made up of several structures, two of which are key in the ability to process emotions: the amygdala and the hippocampus. They are located less than one inch from the olfactory nerve, which drives your sense of smell.  Your amygdala(e) – there are two—allow you to feel and process emotions. The hippocampus holds your memory, both short and long-term. Smell is the only one of our senses that has a direct correlation to the limbic system. Essential oils have an almost immediate effect here because of their small molecular structure. When inhaled through the nose, essential oils reach the brain in several seconds. This connection between your sense of smell and the brain is the reason why smells elicit such strong memories and emotions in us.

There are several types of essential oils that can be found online or in stores. Some of these may be diluted up to 95% with fillers and others may even contain harmful chemicals and pesticides. That is why it is so important to choose only 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils, such as Young Living, to uphold wellness. Therapeutic oils must be grown, processed and stored in such a way as to maintain their potent properties. Non-therapeutic grade oils used for fragrance and food will not propel your body toward wellness, and might even be harmful. Our Family trusts Young Living essential oils as the foundation of our wellness because of their high standards and the quality of their products. Essential oils are amazing tools to support our health and wellness. God loved us so much that He thought of our health before He ever created us and made these essential oils for our wellness and enjoyment!