How Essential Oils Work
“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.”
– Helen Keller
Young Living Essential oils can be:
- Applied to the skin (topical)
- Inhaled (aromatic)
- Ingested (dietary supplement)
At first, you won’t know which oils can be ingested and some oils, when applied topically can be uncomfortable when used undiluted on the skin. The best way to learn the specifics of each oil is to purchase an Essential Oils Desk Reference https://www.discoverlsp.com/all-books/6th-edition-essential-oils-desk-reference.html. I also offer regular classes and training videos.
There are many different types of Lavender, Peppermint, or any species of plant for that matter. Many Lavindins are mis-labled as Lavenders. Lavindin typically has higher levels of camphene which would exacerbate or even cause certain skin problems, like wounds or burns. Young Living makes sure that each species is authenticated. They intentionally pick species that will give you the most therapeutic benefit.
How Does Skin Application Work?
Essential oils can be applied topically to the skin. For example, Lavender is soothing when applied to the skin and can help with occasional break outs or typical skin irritations, like a pimple. Many people like applying wintergreen and helichrysum essential oil to soothe the skin after normal exercise, or German Chamomile essential oil to ease dry skin.
Our Skin is Our Largest Organ
The skin is the largest organ of the body and it is fairly permeable. We absorb many things through our skin all day, both good and bad. The active naturally occurring chemicals in essential oils are absorbed by the skin. When you are using a pure therapeutic-grade oil, this is incredibly supportive to all of the systems of the body. Of course, if you us an oil that has been adulterated, it will have the opposite effect, meaning it will throw off many of the body’s systems.
Some researchers report that essential oils may be more readily absorbed from skin locations with greater concentrations of sweat glands and hair follicles, such as the head, soles, palms, and armpits (Battaglia, 2003).
How do I inhale essential oils?
If we don’t wish to topically apply an oil or ingest an oil, essential oils can enter the body through inhalation through the nose or mouth. Common examples include inhaling eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata) essential oil to cleanse and freshen the air or inhaling wintergreen essential oil to provide an overall feeling of energy. You can put one drop on your non dominant hand. Rub clockwise three times to activate the electrical properties in the oil. Cup your hands over your nose and inhale deeply at least three times.
Interaction with the Limbic System (Emotional Brain)
During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.”
Do people ingest essential oils?
The only essential oils that should ever be ingested are 100% pure, organic, sustainably grown, essential oils labeled specifically as dietary supplements. The only absolutely pure essential oils that we are aware of are Young Living Essential Oils. Many companies claim to have pure oils and even say their oils are “certified pure therapeutic grade” but this is just clever marketing. There is no oversight. The only way you can know whether an oil is pure or not is to go the farm and see the process for yourself – you can not believe what the label or the marketing says.
Naturally Occurring Chemical Constituents
Authentication is important, but so is the final product. It is the chemical constituents in an oil that actually support our bodies. Many distillers don’t pay enough attention to their distillation times and temperatures. They tend to rush through the process so they can create more product faster. This results in a aromatic oil, but not necessarily one that has ALL of the therapeutic properties. It is considered “normal” to adulterate or extend an oil with synthetics to fix what was lost in distillation. Young Living does not subscribe to that practice. Instead they have raised the bar. With over 23 years of research and farming under its belt, Young Living has literally documented the best time of day to harvest a plant, best temperature for distillation, best length of distillation, what length the column should be, when to ramp the oil and so on. This result is a perfectly naturally balanced authentic therapeutic oil. For the consumer, this means maximum therapeutic bang for your buck.
Young Living Offers Us A Seed to Seal Purity Promise
For more information, you can research which oils are safe by simply looking in the Essential Oils Desk Reference available at https://www.discoverlsp.com/all-books/6th-edition-essential-oils-desk-reference.html