Two years ago, I couldn’t tell you what an essential oil was. I’d never used one, to my recall. Today, at least in my world, they are as ubiquitous as water. I can’t imagine my life without them. Neither, for that matter, can my daughter. My son uses them, but not as frequently as my daughter and I. So, what do essential oils do? Well, for all the books there are on the subject, not one book can possibly tell you all there is to know about essential oils. For as long as essential oils have been used (thousands of years), there are always new uses being discovered every day. They are man’s first medicine.
Synthetic perfumes and colognes today were invented by modelling the pure scents that could be found in essential oils. Top notes, middle notes, base notes. That’s about as similar as they are. Pleasant scents. (Although some essential oils have rather pungent and not-so-pleasant scents.) Apart from that, synthetic perfumes and colognes only serve to weaken your immune system and wreak havoc on your hormones. If you think that perfumes and colognes simply stay on the surface of your skin, then it’s best you understand now that those chemicals immediately start circulating in your body. My mistake, this fact too, is another similarity with essential oils. To have essential oils circulating throughout your system, however, is extremely healthy.
Inasmuch as the pleasant scents of lavender, peppermint, rose, and more, are wonderful, the scent is but one healthy component of an essential oil. When you inhale an essential oil, the natural chemical constituents go to the hypothalamus region of the brain, which controls hormones, as well as the limbic region, which controls emotions.
Essential oils can be applied topically, either “neat” (the pure essential oil), or mixed with a carrier oil to help carry the oil past the epidermis and into your system. They can be applied over the area of concern. A wonderful and recommended location to apply essential oils is on the soles of your feet. Just as in reflexology, there different locations on your feet that are connected to various parts of your body. I simply massage it in all over both of my feet, including the tops.
There are many people that ingest the essential oils. The best way to do this would be to put it in a capsule, mixed with a carrier oil such as flax seed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, etc. Some would say that this is the most effect method of application; however, I have my own thoughts on that, given the acidic environment of the stomach.
Essential oils should not be heated, neither during manufacture nor during use. It will cause them to be denatured. Each different essential oil has its own chemical make up, and the various different chemistries will have different benefits to your mind, body and emotions. Like many things, essential oils, emit vibrations. One of the highest vibrating essential oils is rose essential oil at 320 MHz. Northern Lights Black Spruce surpasses that and vibrates over 500 MHz. The body’s natural vibration level is at between 62 and 68 MHz. Once it starts going below 58 MHz, viruses and diseases can set in. Dead foods, those that are canned and processed, coffee, etc., all serve to lower your body’s natural vibration. Just holding a cup of coffee will lower your body’s vibration (remember – it’s a vibration we are talking about here). Drinking it will have a more profound effect. Using an essential oil after having a cup of coffee will help to restore your body’s vibration within minutes, whereas, in the normal course, your body will not recover for several days.
Different essential oils have different components that act as anti-inflammatories, anti-tumourals, antispetic, antimicrobial, anticancer, analgesic, blood cleansers, cell generating, neuroprotective, and so much more.
The different essential oils are extracted from the different plants through various methods of distillation, depending on the plant. The distillation method and control factors are of utmost importance. From the quality of the seed being planted, to the location in the world where the plant is grown (respecting where the various plants are native to and that that is the best place to yield a healthy plant and essential oil as nature intended), right down to the time of year, month, week, day and HOUR that the plant is harvested, and how it is harvested, and how it is distilled. If ANY one of those factors are not completely compliant, the quality of the oil can be compromised. Some companies will sell them anyway, in order to keep product moving and keep the prices down. Others, like the company I purchase from, will not use a batch if the oil has been compromised in any way. You might pay more for it, but when you consider that this medicine will be circulating in your blood and through your organs, you would be well-cautioned to be sure about what you are putting in your body, especially if you are looking for positive results, and you want to avoid causing more damage. One of the best resource guides available is the Essential Oils Desk Reference that you can purchase at discoverlsp.ca (Canada) and discoverlsp.com (US).
Know this, I am not a science geek, and don’t pretend to know all the chemical components and what they do. You don’t need to either. Just know they exist, and we can read up on it for our own benefit. I’m by no means a teacher of the chemistry. What I can tell you is that I have used essential oils since November of 2015. I am sold. Not a day goes by that I don’t apply a couple. They are fantastic for cold air diffusing! Cleans the air with a fresh scent, not to mention they are antiseptic and antimicrobial. Far far better than burning candles, which are toxic and are to be avoided. They are wonderful in a bath as well! And you can diffuse in your car! Yes way!
Essential oils must be respected. They should be used with caution as certain oils are photosensitive, and others can cause skin irritations. Don’t just apply an oil. Consult the Essential Oils Desk Reference for the appropriate essential oil and the appropriate method of application of the oil that interests you.
I could go on, but the fact is, there are more books about essential oils and I can’t possibly give you a thorough summary. But my hope is that from what I have shared with you here, that you are open to learning more about these precious gifts from the earth, and that you try them! But only after carefully researching the company that you choose to purchase from. That can be the difference between healing and causing more harm. I have a link at the bottom of this page that takes you to the website for the brand of essential oils I use.
Now, time for some Northern Lights Black Spruce. Aaahhhhhh!!!!