Nature has provided such powerful medicines to human beings. Essential oils are one such medicine straight out of nature. There is not much scientific basis to explain how these essential oil works but the results are miraculous. There are around 300 essential oils in general use by professional practitioners, but one can fulfil most needs with 10 of these. Each oil has its medicinal properties.
These oils can be used to treat a lot of issues. Apart from its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, essential oils which are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, antitoxic, antidepressant, sedative, nervine, analgesic, hypotension, hypertension, digestive, expectorating, deodorizing, granulation-stimulating, circulatory-simulating, and diuretic, and much more. In simple words, essential oils can treat cold-cough, headaches, tonsils, relieve pain, can boost your mood, treat your insomnia, relieve stress, improve your skin and hair, and more.
One of the major benefits of using these oils medicinally and cosmetically is that they enter and leave the body without leaving any toxicity behind, the process is quite smooth. The most effective way to use these oils is external applications or inhalation. They should not be taken orally as they can react with the food or other chemical which can affect their chemistry. You can mix these oils with body lotions, cream, other carrier oils, hot water bath, inhalation (by steam, direct from bottle or tissue), perfumes, room sprays, and a lot more methods.
The essential oils don’t remain in the body. They are excreted through urine, perspiration, and exhalation. The expulsion takes around 3-4 hours in a healthy body and may take up to 14 hours in an obese or unhealthy body. The method of excretion differs as per the oil.
It takes a great amount of effort to produce a tiny amount of oil. It takes 60,000 rose flowers to produce 1 ounce of rose essential oil. In the case of lavender, the oil is abundant as 220 pounds will produce 7 pounds of oil. In the case of jasmine, the flower must be picked by hand before the sun becomes hot and that too on the very first day they open, whereas the sandalwood tree should be 30 years old and 35ft high.
On average, an essential oil contains one hundred components. Major components are alcohols, phenols, ketones, esters, terpenes, and aldehydes. The essential oils are more than their aroma, the therapeutic effect that the essential oil has can’t be provided by any artificial fragrance. The aromatic chemicals found in these oils are derived from phenylpropane, which is linked to amino acids that make protein and are building blocks of the human body. Another group of chemicals found in these oils is terpineol which plays a vital role in the production of hormones, vitamins, and energy. Similarly, there are a variety of chemicals present in the essential oils which are good for the human body.
Essential oils are high-grade fuel of plants, and by taking them in our body we are ingesting the best of goodness a plant has to offer. They are so delightful to use and easy to incorporate into our life. We often misunderstand these oils and suppose they are only for aroma, but these substances are very complex in their molecular structure and are very powerful.