An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile or ethereal oils, or simply as the "oil of" the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is "essential" in that it carries the essence of the plant. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation. Other processes include expression or solvent extraction.
Essential oils have numerous properties and effects which have various applications. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soap and other products, for flavoring food and drink, and for scenting massage oil and lotion, in incense and household cleaning products. They can be inhaled directly through a nebulizer or diffuser, released into the air by heat, or burned as an incense.
Essential oils have also been used extensively for their medicinal effects for many, many years all over the world. There are numerous references in the Bible that attest to their widespread use for healing at that time. Because of their potency and benefits, people were considered rich not just by their actual accrual of money and property, but of essential oils as well.
Many modern medicines are synthesized from the same sources as the essential oils; the main difference is that with essential oils you are getting the natural (and possibly organic, depending on the source), whole, concentrated product without additives and preservatives. This appears to explain why there are no known side effects when used correctly.
Benefits of using essential oils include:
Aromatherapy provides many potential benefits including -
- Relaxation and stress relief
- Mood enhancement, balance and well being
- Relief of minor discomforts
- Boosting the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems
- Promotion of wound healing
- Increased energy
- Improve skin tone
- Relax muscles
- Regulate hormones
- Reduce inflammation
- Relieve menstrual cramps
- Improve sleep
- Stimulate the immune system
- Kill fungal & bacterial infections
- Decrease sinus & lung congestion
- Aid digestion
- Relieve tension headaches
- Aid blood circulation
Use of essential oils.
Aromatherapy is a natural compliment to other health treatment options and may be used jointly with other therapies. Essential oil application can enhance the benefit of therapeutic massage, counseling, Reiki and other natural approaches to wellness. Essential oils are used in a variety of ways including inhaling them, applying directly to the skin, taking orally or diffusing them into a room. There are advantages to the different methods according to the effect you seek. It is wise to educate yourself prior to selecting and using the oils and to consult with an experienced aromatherapist as needed.
Sources of Essential Oils:
Young Living Essential Oils are widely recognized to be of the highest quality and therefore, to have the best effect. Dylan has used Young Living Essential Oils for many years with counseling, yoga and reiki clients and students who have been impressed with the many positive effects. There are numerous testimonials about the effective and often miraculous benefits from the use of the Young Living Essential Oils which you can read at http://www.oil-testimonials.com/.
If you are interested in purchasing essential oils for your own use, you may purchase them directly from Young Living to save money. There are many different oils and oil blends which are associated with different benefits. To guide you in your choices, please see the online Young Living catalogue, see the resource list below or follow this link for Dylan's recommended products. (click here)
To Obtain Essential Oils: The best way to obtain the oils for your use and to save money is to click here and sign up to order directly from Young Living. There are two different options for membership which offer different benefits as well as the ability to order oils. When signing up initially, you will need to provide a distributor number and name.
Dylans Young Living distributor number is 946545 and her username is dsmariah. You will then create your own username and password which you will use when you place future orders.
To sign up &/or to order by phone, call Young Living Customer Service at 1-800-371-3515.
Links and Resources:
C.A.R.E. - essential oil research and training
Testimonials from users of Young Living Oils and products