All About Organic ESSENTIAL OILS
and How You Can Use Them!
My path and passion for organic essential oils
I am an Aromatherapist and I have a love affair with essential oils. My regular students have heard me say, "If there was a house fire and I could only grab one thing on the way out (after pets and kids of course) it would be my case full of essential oil bottles."
Essential oils have been a central part of my life since 1997. I started off using only oils sold by a very well known company in 2007 and then I was introduced to another company. The quality of the oils with these companies were wonderful and I still have many of these bottles all over my house and office.
Both of those companies, however are Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) or Direct Marketing companies. I made a decision in 2014 to not participate in MLM business models. I use essential oils for my holistic health and lifestyle and I want to introduce them to you as a part of a holistic lifestyle for yourself and your family without involving you in an MLM business structure. I looked for ways to find high quality, organic and affordable essential oils and I found what I was looking for from a company called Mountain Rose Herbs. (I love this company's products so much I partnered with Mountain Rose Herbs and the links in this article are affiliate links).
While I still use several of the oils produced by those big companies and a few other companies, I am very picky about the quality of my oils. I really prefer organic essential oils. I am very particular about where and how the plants are grown. Are the plants wild harvested? If not are they organically and lovingly grown and harvested? How are the oils derived? What is the process? Has the integrity of the plant's essence been preserved or compromised?
All of this is very important. As I gather information about various sources and companies I will continue to share that information with you.
For now, I will point you to one of my favorite companies who provide only organic and wild harvested essential oils. This company is of highest integrity and I stand behind the quality of all their products. It's called Mountain Rose Herbs and they are my go-to for all my herbal products. Some of their essential oils are not as potently fragrant as those of other companies (such as their Orange oils) but others are just as powerful and much less expensive (such as Rosemary, Peppermint, Pine, Fir, and most others).
Wait! What are organic essential oils anyway?
They are not oils in the way you think of fatty oils. They do not have the fatty acids that make up what we would consider an actual oil. Oils that are organic or wild harvested are uncompromised by dangerous pesticides.
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquid extracted from plants. It is the part of the plant that provides protection to the plant from insects, fungus and disease. When grown, harvested and distilled with a very specific method, the healing properties and aromatic essence of the plant can be used as a natural alternative to many of the chemical laden products we use every day around our homes and for personal use.
Essential oils work on many levels and in many ways to support a regimen of natural health and wellness. The quality of your oils will directly correlate with the benefits you experience. I work with several lines of essential oils for my personal use and for my clients.
Fifteen Fascinating Facts about essential oils:
- Most essential oils have antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties.
- Essential oils are an excellent element of natural home cleaning preparations you can create yourself. Oils that are great for cleaning (Lemon, Pine, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus just to name a few)
- Recent scientific studies have shown that rosemary essential oil helps your brain perform. Smelling rosemary essential oil helps memory recall and performance on tests.
- Essential oils has been shown to help people suffering with anxiety and depression (Orange, Peppermint, Lavender just for starters)
- Essential oils have been demonstrated to improve quality of life for those suffering from other chronic health conditions (Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandlewood, Blue Tansy, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Orange and many more)
- Essential oils are highly concentrated so one bottle will last you a long time because a tiny amount is all it takes to see benefits. It requires 4000 pounds of roses to produce 1 pound of essential oil. Lavender requires 100 pounds of plant material to produce a pound of essential oil.
- There are 188 references to essential oils in the Bible (Spikenard, Frankincense, Myrrh just to name three).
- Native American shaman and medicine men/women used many essential oils and herbs (such as Fir, Juniper, Wintergreen and many others).
- Some essential oil constituents are so tiny in their molecular size that they can rapidly penetrate the tissues of the skin thereby being absorbed into the body quickly.
- Ancient Egyptians used essential oils for healing and spiritual practices, initiating the trend that spread throughout the world.
- In the twelfth century Germany, St. Hildegard of Bingen used herbs and oils in her practice and gave valuable insight into medieval medicine.
- Essential oils containing sesquiterpenes are able to pass the blood brain barrier, potentially aiding in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.
- Essential oils can serve as an aphrodisiac (Jasmine, Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Clary Sage, Clove, Patchouli, and Vetiver).
- Essential oils interact differently with each person's body chemistry, so it is experiment with different essential oils to figure out which oils work best for your body.
- Heating Essential Oils is NOT recommended! Heating essential oils breaks down their integrity and may eliminate the full therapeutic benefits.
Categories of Essential Oils
- Floral: Rose, Geranium, Jasmine, Blue Tansy and Lavender
- Citrus: Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange and Tangerine
- Mint: Peppermint, Wintergreen, Spearmint
- Woody: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Fir, Pine
- Herbaceous: Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Marjoram, Thyme, Lemongrass
- Earthy: Vetiver, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang
- Spicy: Cinnamon, Cloves, Cassia
If you'd like to learn more about Essential Oils
and how to use them in your life,
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.