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How Do Essential Oils Work?
In recent years essential oils have gained more popularity than ever. Do you know why? Modern lifestyle and overexposure to chemicals have exposed created havoc in our lives. Our immunity and health have been compromised, which brings us back to nature, where it heals! Essential oils have been used since ancient times, and the modern world is unearthing their benefit and uses.
Thanks to digital media which has been a great source of creating health awareness, essential oils have become a digital media sensation. In addition, people who started using these magic oils shared their experiences us believe they have these oils can do wonders if used correctly.
Essential oil or any other natural treatment method takes time to overcome any health issue. However, it works because it body improvement and cell repairment, unlike modern medicines, which suppress the real culprits behind the disease.
About Essential Oils
Different parts of plants are used to extract essential oils; they can be roots, leaves, flowers, or bark. Essential oils are usually volatile since it is the essence of the plant. Ibn-Al Baitar and Al-Andalusian physicians, chemists, and pharmacists are believed during (1118-1248).
Essential oils are majorly used in aromatherapy, an alternative medicine, or can be used with a mix and match of different medical treatments. Aromatherapy genuinely helps to relax and uplift mod. Essential oils can be used externally or internally, depending on the purpose.
For essential oils to enter the body, they must be absorbed through the skin, inhalation, or ingestion. These work quicker than pills as they are scientifically proven and clinically tested; essential oils go into the bloodstream after 20 minutes of application. Since essential oil goes straight to the blood, it works quicker than traditional medicine through digestion.
A body’s largest organ is its skin, which is also the body’s largest organ susceptible to external influences; what we apply to our skin is absorbed and goes into our veins. This is why essential oils are gaining popularity to benefit from a natural product beneficial to the human race in so many ways.
Since essential oils are volatile, they shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin. For thins, choosing the right carrier oil that is organically extracted is ideal. The most popular carrier oils are jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, and apricot kernel oil.
In addition to adding a few drops of essential oils to your favorite carrier oil, you can also add them to chemical-free or safe lotions, creams, or even shampoos. Adding a few drops of distilled water to a spray bottle and spritzing it around will do the trick!
Inhaling Essential Oils
Its human nature to be attracted by pleasing fragrances; most of the essential oils specially extracted from the flowers are impressively fragrant; however, not all essential oils are pleasant to smell or inhale.
Usually, pleasantly aromatic essential oils are inhaled for relaxation purposes, treating insomnia, uplifting mod, combating depression, overcoming anxiety, boosting memory, balancing hormones, and reducing stress, among other benefits.
When an essential oil is inhaled, the oil’s airborne molecules interact with the fetor malodor sense, which helps quick interaction with the brain in a short time, or you can say immediately. This is why essential oils are short to interact with the emotional brain or limbic system.
Your limbic system is directly associated with the part of the brain that manages emotions, stress, heart rate, memory, blood pressure, and the respiratory system. This is why smell triggers a robust response in our brain. It will be interesting to note that many human emotions or memories can be recovered or recalled with the help of certain smells associated with a specific event or even a person.
Ways to Inhale
You can inhale all goodness of essential oils through different methods like a diffuser, dry evaporation, steam, spray, or inhaling directly from the bottle. Investing in a good quality diffuser is very important as you need to keep it mold-free and easy to clean. Just add a few drops of essential oil to your diffuser and breathe in all the goodness of essential oil in the air.
You can also use it in direct steam, where you add a few drops of essential oil to boiling water and breathe the smoke for a few minutes. Next, you can add a few drops to the cotton balls or wooden beads for dry evaporation effects. Finally, you can add a few drops to your spray bottle, and voila, you are good to go!
All in All
In short essential oils can be safely used in many ways. Essential oils can replace your chemical air fresher, which has hazardous chemicals. It can be used as a safe and chemical-free disinfectant, mood uplifter, sleep aid, etc.
All it takes is good research and understanding of the essential oil and the purpose you are using it for. It shouldn’t harm you if taken in moderation and under supervision. Do check with your therapist if you have any medical conditions.