By Chuck Hewett
For a better understanding and a more thorough conversation on this topic, listen to the episode of The Fitness Compass Podcast below:
“Essential oils cured my asthma…”
Jen Santos, a health and lifestyle coach, athlete, and doTerra Essential Oils affiliate, discusses her experience with essential oils, what they are, and how they can positively influence anyone in all circumstances.
1. What Are Essential Oils?
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils provide plants with protection against environmental threats and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
2. How Do Essential Oils Work?
Essential oils are made up of minute molecules that are very easily absorbed. Each oil has a unique chemical composition of terpenes, esters, oxides, alcohols, phenols, ketones, and aldehydes. These components interact with bodily systems and depending on the essential oil, support various systems of the body.
3. How Are Essential Oils Used?
Essential oils are used by topical application, inhalation, or ingestion. How an essential oil should be used depends on the goal of use, the properties of the oil, and safety concerns. Depending on the desired effect of the oil, people will often use a combination of delivery methods.
Topical Application: Essential oils can be applied to the skin, which is somewhat permeable, to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Some areas of skin (under arms, head, palms, soles of feet, etc.) are more permeable than others.
Inhalation: When essential oils are inhaled, droplets of the oil are absorbed by the lungs. They can be inhaled by diffusing them in a special essential oil diffuser, a scent pod, humidifier, in a boiling pot of water, or simply by smelling the bottle of oil. The effectiveness of each of these delivery methods varies. An essential oil diffuser seems to be the best method of inhalation.
4. What Are Some Benefits Of Using Essential Oils?
Essential oils have mental, physical, and emotional effects. Here are a few examples of the essential oils and their benefits.
- Tea Tree: great for treating skin problems like fungus and blemishes
- Lavender: known for its relaxing effects, but works on bruises, cuts, and skin irritation
- Peppermint: purifies and stimulates the mind. Increases mental alertness
- Oregano: flu fighter. Has naturally antibacterial qualities to fight sickness
- Grapefruit: great choice if you are experiencing fatigue
- Eucalyptus: relieves sore muscles and clears sinuses. Stimulates the immune system
“Once I saw the science…I was sold!”
If you have any questions in regards to essential oils or are interested in giving essential oils a try, contact Jen Santos.
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