There has been a lot of talk about essential oils in the news lately – and for good reason. Unfortunately therapeutic essential oil can be really expensive. That’s why I made you a graphic so you can make your own at home in less time than it takes to warm up your lunch.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil can be used for many purposes including aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments. They are really simple to make but if you need to buy them, make sure you are using one that is of high quality therapeutic grade like Young Living Essential Oils.
The medicinal use essential oils is derived by distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels. Therapeutic grade Essential oil can be expensive. Fortunately, it is very easy to make at home.
Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as a natural medicine without the harmful side effects you can get in traditional pharmaceuticals.
Another thing that makes Essential Oil so appealing is the way it drops into your bloodstream. First, they can be applied topically. The active chemicals in essential oils are absorbed just like the ingredients in common pharmaceuticals such as hormone replacement therapy cream and nicotine patches.
A couple of different factors can affect the absorption of the oils through the skin. You can increase uptake by first massaging the area or applying heat to increase circulation to that area.
One study shows that essential oils may be more readily absorbed from skin locations with greater concentrations of lymph nodes and hair follicles, such as around the genitals, neck, inner thigh and armpits.
How Essential Oils Work In The Body
During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through different receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.”
The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory (in the hippocampus and hypothalamus), stress levels, and hormone balance. This relationship helps explain why smells often trigger emotions or a long forgotten memory.
The information is then passed on to the ‘master gland’ (pituitary gland) and other endocrine glands that then release hormones which will restore hormonal balance.
Map of What Happens In Your Brain After Inhaling An Essential Oil
Through inhaling, he brain establishes a strong connection between certain smells, emotions and memories and brings them up in a repetitive way.
Here’s an example of how this happens in daily life:
Let’s say that your mom made lasagna for you every year on your birthday because it was your favorite thing to have for dinner. Now, when you walk into an Italian restaurant and smell the aroma of lasagna, you smile thinking of how special you felt on your birthday and how loved you felt because your mother went to so much trouble. That one aroma just changed your body chemistry by putting you in a better mood and gaving you a sense of well-being.
As you can see with this simple scenario, inhaling essential oils, and other forms of aromatherapy, are especially helpful when dealing with emotional problems like stress, anxiety and depression.
Through The Skin
The skin is the largest organ in your body and highly permeable in some areas. All essential oils undergo a process of distillation where only smallest and most potent molecules remain. These molecules are small enough to penetrate the outer layer of the skin called the epidermis to be absorbed. They then pass through the deeper layers of the skin or dermis and enter the blood stream.
Map of Essential Oil intake and excretion though the skin
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Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body, therapeutic-grade lavender has been highly regarded for the skin. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Carrying a bottle of lavender around with you is like having your own personal first aid kit, perfume and pick-me-up.
Here are 15 reasons to have lavender oil on-hand to use every day:
- To Calm You Down – Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your palms and cup around your nose. Inhale deeply. The scent will travel all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm your mind. Great to use in any stressful situation or in crowded areas when you need to detach from your surroundings.
- As A Sleep Aid – Use the cupping and inhalation method. Also, rub a couple of drops of Lavender oil on your pillow to help you sleep. You can also put an electric diffuser by on your nightstand with a few drops of Lavender oil to deepen your sleep.
- Deodorant – Put a few drops under clean armpits. The anti-bacterial properties will help alleviate bad order and the skin penetration to the lymph nodes will boost immunity
- For Bee stings or Insect bites – Put a drop of Lavender oil on a bee sting or insect bite to stop itching reduce swelling.
- Cold Sores – Put a drop of lavender oil on a cold sore to sooth and heal.
- Dry skin – Rub lavender oil on dry or chapped skin.
- Minor burns – Put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain, swelling and redness.
- Nosebleeds – To stop a nosebleed, put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and wrap it around a small chip of ice. Push the tissue covered ice chip up under the middle of the top lip to the base of the nose and hold as long as comfortable or until the bleeding stops (do not freeze the lip or gum).
- Morning or Motion Sickness – To alleviate nausea, place a drop of Lavender oil on end of tongue, behind the ears or around the navel.
- Cuts – Drop Lavender oil on cut to stop bleeding, clean wound, and kill bacteria.
- Skin Irritations – Mix several drops of Lavender oil with a nut or vegetable mixing oil (coconut, sesame, etc) and use topically on eczema and dermatitis. I have a dear friend who suffers from severe eczema and swears by this.
- Chapped or Sunburned Lips – Rub a drop of lavender oil on chapped or sunburned lips.
- Hay Fever – Rub a drop of lavender oil between your palms and inhale deeply to help alleviate the symptoms of hay fever.
- Dandruff – Rub several drops of lavender oil into the scalp to help eliminate dandruff.
- Helps with Headaches – Put a few drops of lavender oil on the back of your neck, your temples and inhale deeply to relieve minor headaches.
The best part is Lavender Oil really easy to make. To learn how to make your own lavender oil for yourself or friends, click the bottle below.