What are essential oils?
An essential oil is a natural, highly potent chemical compounds extracted from a single plant species. Not all plants produce essential oils, and in the plants that do, the essential oil may be found in the roots, bark, resins, leaves, flowers, or fruits. Essential oils are the essence of a plant and a gift from the earth.
Essential oils give a plant its scent, protect it from hazardous environmental conditions, and even assist it with pollination, among other important functions and benefits.
Pure essential oils offer an alternative to synthetic products. Essential oils are more than just natural products. Each with a unique chemical makeup, essential oils have dozens of benefits for the body and mind. Essential oil benefits are determined by the chemistry of the plants. If these natural chemicals are properly extracted, they can be used to help you physically, mentally, and emotionally in your daily life.
When you use essential oils, you'll have more natural solutions and fewer toxic, synthetically manufactured products in your life and home.
History of essential oils
People of ancient civilizations used entire plants, extracts, and various plant parts to make life easier, transforming the gifts of the earth into everything from textiles to remedies. Ancient people believed that the earth gave them everything they needed to solve all of their problems.
Ancient Egypt was the true birthplace of essential oils, or ‘aromatherapy’ as we know it today. The Egyptians cultivated plants for their oils and used them extensively in their religion, in cosmetics as well as for medicinal purposes. Aromatic essence and resins were also used in the embalming process. China and India also were exploring herbs and aromatic plants between 3000 and 2000 BC.
The modern-day term of aromatherapy, or aromathérapie as it is known in French, was only devised by the French perfumer and chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé in 1937. Gattefossé is most well-known for the incident in which he accidentally burned his hand in his laboratory and plunged it a vat of lavender. To his surprise, his hand healed and did not bear the scarring he feared, if the hand had been left untreated.
Today the practice of aromatherapy uses essential oils, hydrosols, and carrier oils, for their therapeutic properties to heal the body, mind and spirit, returning the body to a state of equilibrium.
Benefits of Essential Oils
Many research and studies indicate that essential oils offer many benefits. Essential oils have enhanced lives for thousands of years, offering a variety of benefits from medicinal and health to cosmetic, spiritual and religious use.
Because essential oils have antidepressant, stimulating, detoxifying, antibacterial, antiviral and calming properties, they are recently gaining popularity as a natural, safe and cost-effective therapy for various health concerns.
There’s no wonder why, considering the high cost of healthcare bills and the side effects of conventional medications, adding essential oils to your personal medicine cabinet and lifestyle can make a big difference.
Some of the main benefits of essential oils:
Balance Hormones (both men and women)
Boost Immunity & Fight Infections
Aid Normal Digestive Process
Boost Energy Levels
Improve Brain Function
Reduce Emotional Stress & Anxiety
Alleviate Aches and Pains
Boost Skin and Hair (loss) Health
Relieve Headaches and Migraines
Promote Restful Sleep
Calm/support the nervous system
The Science of Essential Oils
Do essential oils really work?
Many of doTERRA’s experimental and clinical studies are performed by world-class external partner laboratories and clinics. doTERRA also supports many clinics and universities who approach doTERRA with study proposals in the field of essential oil and related natural products research.
doTERRA’s scientists are hard at work conducting clinical and experimental scientific research, providing more evidence of the efficacy of the most tested and trusted essential oils. doTERRA scientists have published peer-reviewed studies on 22 single oils, 3 oil blends, and 4 supplements. Learn more about their findings here.
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