According to my desk reference, “Essential oils are aromatic volatile liquids distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds. “ Essential Oils Desk Reference, Third Edition, Feb 2005, Essential Science Publishing”. Each essential oil could contain hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. They are extremely concentrated. They are more potent than dried herbs by far. They are not greasy and are non-comedogenic.
Humans have been using plants as medicines for thousands of years. In fact, about 30% of today’s pharmaceuticals originate from plant life. The Bible is filled with references to specific herbs used to bless, heal, and provide comfort. We often have heard the Biblical story of the Baby Jesus and the 3 wise men. Part of their gifts to the baby were Frankincense and Myrrh.
It has become a marketing fad for major companies to make “natural” products with essential oils such as baby bath wash that has lavender components. I would question exactly how natural those products really are. However, if these products are not processed correctly, then the amount of therapeutic-grade essential oil is depleted. Over heating and processing can strip the healing chemical components from the end result. Even the essential oils you find in stores are questionable. I bought some lavender essential oil from Walmart and compared the smell to the lavender I bought from Young Living. The Walmart version smelled like perfume. It was overpowering and unpleasant. However, I can safely use the YL version because it is therapeutic grade. It smells refreshing and calming. Young Living follows the European AFNOR/ISO standards to identify therapeutic-grade oils.
No matter what changes you are trying to make in your lifestyle and health, it is vitally important that you begin with therapeutic-grade oils. Essential oils actually penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues. They cellular structure actually mimics ours. Their molecules are small enough to penetrate into cells. Application to an area like the feet will allow the oils to travel throughout the body in a matter of minutes. Used as aromatherapy, the chemical compounds will penetrate the nasal membranes quickly to enter the blood stream.
Here’s a quick, but incomplete, list of some of the things essential oils can do. Keep in mind, they all don’t do exactly the same thing.
- Decrease the thickness of blood thereby increasing circulation and immune function.
- Provide negative ions which inhibits bacterial growth.
- Has potential to break down potentially harmful chemicals and render them nontoxic.
- Stimulate the secretion of antibodies, neurotransmitters, endorphins, hormones, and enzymes.
- Some have been shown to prevent or slow the progression of cancer.
- Promote the growth of hair.
- Increase the rate of wound healing.
- Increase the uptake of oxygen and ATP (fuel for individual cells).
- Natural chelators (binds with heavy metals and remove them from body).
- They do not disturb the body’s natural homeostasis: if one constituent is too strong then another will counteract it.
I have been using essential oils for almost 20 years. I have a couple of blends that I call my Prozac :). My kids have always had their ear infections treated with tea tree oil. Lavender and peppermint are a staple in my house for multiple reasons. I trust Young Living to provide safe, therapeutic-grade oils for my entire family.
I believe in these oils so much that I include them during massages. In fact, there is one treatment I can do that is so powerful for spine and back health, that it can drastically improve the lives of even those who suffer from scoliosis. The Raindrop Technique was designed by Dr. Young to assist with the correction of many back problems. His history as a chiropractor caused him to search for answers.
I used this technique on a client the other day and even I was floored at the results. She has scoliosis that has awkwardly arched her back resulting in the majority of her back muscles being extremely tight. I would touch her muscles and feel solid rocks. I changed things up. I did the Raindrop on her first and then massaged her back. The muscles were like butter in my hands. I have never, ever felt her muscles so loose in my hands before. More importantly, she had longer lasting relief from pain.
I would like to invite you to learn more about how essential oils could improve your life. You can visit www.myyl.com/mindymillington to read more on the history and effectiveness of essential oils. You can purchase oils straight from this site as well.
Also, if you suffer from any back related problems, I highly suggest that you schedule a Raindrop Technique appointment with me. It takes about 90 minutes and is currently priced at $90. Act soon because pricing will be going up on September 1, 2018. You can book online at www.NGaMassage.com or give me a call at 470-227-1669.
If you have any questions about which essential oil to use for any purpose, please schedule an appointment with me. I am not a doctor and can’t “prescribe” something for you. However, I can give you info to evaluate for yourself.
With much appreciation,