Essential oils are the aromatic liquid part of certain plants, trees, fruit, flowers, herbs, and spices that are usually extracted through steam distillation. Essential oils have been used medicinally for 5000 years. They are literally the world’s first medicines.
They are very chemically complex. Any pure therapeutic grade essential oil can have 80-300 different chemical constituents which can have nutritional and medicinal value. When you understand the biochemistry, you understand why they can be so effective.
Essential oils can effectively prevent and relieve the discomforts associated with a wide variety of health problems. They provide effective natural pain relief, immune system support, shield against bacteria and viruses, decrease inflammation, and soothe digestive disorders. They can also help reduce stress, lift depression, and restore or enhance a sense of well-being. In addition, essential oils offer a host of revitalizing beauty-care treatments for skin, hair, and body.
Essential Oil Chemistry
Essential oils are biochemical powerhouses. For example, therapeutic clove essential has the antioxidant powers outperforming the highest ranking fruits and vegetables. One ounce of clove oil has the antioxidant capacity of 450 pounds of carrots, 120 quarts of blueberries or 48 gallons of beet juice.
The basic oils have unique classes of compounds that work with the body’s biochemistry. Here are a few examples:
Phenylpropanoids: they possess antiviral and antibacterial constituents and they are able to clean receptor sites in the body cells. This is important because we have so many hormone disrupting, cancer causing and neuro-toxic chemicals in our environment that actually accumulate in your body. Essential oils can help break them down so your body can eliminate them.
Sesquiterpenes: these possess a variety of healing properties and the ability to reprogram damaged cells to restore communication.
Monoterpenes: deliver oxygen directly to cells and possess anticarcinogenic properties.
The chemical components of the oils react with the body chemistry in a way similar to drugs but slower, more sympathetic, and without side effects. This isn’t woo woo, it is biochemistry! They are effective natural medicines without the side effects or toxic chemicals that are found in many over-the-counter products.
You can now measure pharmaceuticals and toxic chemicals in our rivers and lakes.
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Essential oils are not only stress-relieving, but have medicinal properties. They are effective natural medicines. When it comes to essential oils however, quality matters. 95% of essential oils sold are adulterated. Check out Fit to Live’s quality criteria in selecting essential oils.