Essential oils 101

Empecemos por lo básico: What are essential oils?

I love essential oils. I can’t wear parfums so I am always covered on essential oils, day and night, depending on what I feel I need that need. Sometimes, I need grounding, others awakening, purification, or relaxing. They make me feel great and I use them too at the end of yoga classes and energy healing sessions. My oils also always travel with me. So what are they?

lavender, young living essential oils

Lavender field (Young Living)

Essential Oils are aromatic liquids. They are distilled from flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds of plants. The distillation process is what makes essential oils so concentrated. It often requires an entire plant or more to produce a single drop of distilled essential oil.

For example, it takes thousands of flower petals to create the drops that are in a single bottle of rose oil, and adding just one drop of peppermint oil to a glass of water has approximately the same concentration as 20 bags of tea. The practice of using essential oils is commonly referred to as aromatherapy, and is used for physical and psychological well-being.

Essential Oils have a millennium-long history of use in healing and in religious ceremony throughout the ancient world.

Some, particularly frankincense, are repeatedly cited in many Judeo-Christian and Muslim religious texts. Others, such as myrrh, lotus, and sandalwood oils were widely used in ancient Egyptian purification and embalming rituals. Still others, such as clove and lemon, were highly valued as antiseptics hundreds of years before the discovery of modern antiseptics. In ancient times, oils were respected for both medicinal and their healing properties.

Essential Oils are often referred to as “Mankind’s First Medicine”.

In fact, there are over 200 references to aromatics, incense, and ointments throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible (36 of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament mention essential oils or the plants that produce them.) To listen to an interview about these Oils of the Ancient Scriptures, click here.

For best results, use only pure and natural products; referred to as therapeutic grade, like Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living Essential Oils, is the World Leader in cultivation, distillation, and production of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil and aromatherapy products. But I’ll share more information about producing therapeutic-grade essential oils in later blogs.

“These essential oils truly represent the new frontier of medicine,”  Terry Friedmann, M.D., Co-founder of American Holistic Medical Association.

For additional information, please feel free to email me.

Fernanda Beccaglia is a food writer and food stylist, journalist, minister of yoga, energy healer, holistic chef and coach.

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