Not a day barely goes by where I don’t use my essential oils. They are like my little bottle of positivity, my sunshine on a gloomy day. But lets get serious for a moment about the true benefits of Essential oils and talk technical for a moments time.
Here goes………Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds found in the flowers, seeds, bark, stems, roots and other parts of plants and are what give a plant its distinctive smell. Essential oils give plants their protective and regenerative properties. These volatile compounds found in plants not only give them their aroma but also give it its unique benefits. The Aromas in an Essential Oil when inhaled can quickly have an affect on your emotions by targeting the limbic system in the brain.
Did you know….. the limbic system impacts emotional health by carrying olfactory stimuli (your sense of smell) from the external environment to the hypothalmus and then onto other areas of the body. The limbic system and hypothalmus together directly control your stress response. They are responsible for controlling the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The ANS and the PNS are responsible for our fight or flight response and how we react to stress.
And if you are still reading…….The scent of a 100% pure essential oil through diffusion (NOT BURNING & I can’t emphasise this enough. Burning your oils in an “OIL BURNER” literally kills your oils benefits) this can help improve mood, relieve stress, improve sleep and help create clarity and focus. Inhalation of essential oils is probably the best method but using them on the body and for massage, as well as making your own chemical free products for around the home are an array of ways that you can incorporate essential oils into your daily world.
Choosing which brand of essential oil to use is an important first step. My favourite product is doTERRA certified therapeutic grade essential oils which are ethically sourced from around the world. doTERRA is the worlds leading Essential Oil company ( yes in the whole wide world) and once you start using them you will understand why.