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As we explore this topic briefly, there are a few things you should know about essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated oils, which are extracted from plants; flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots and trees. The most common method of extraction for pure essential oils is steam distillation. In addition, citrus peels are typically extracted by cold press and absolutes by solvent extraction. There are more that 300 essential oils being used today in some of the following areas:
As we talk about essential oils, let’s take a brief look at its history. The use of essential oils have been around from ancient days. The first reference I come across is in Exodus 30, where Moses was instructed to gather spices and make into oils and perfume (myrrh, cinnamon, calamus, cassia, frankincense, stacte, onycha, and galbanum) “after the art of the apothecary.” Since the methodology of “apothecary” was applied, it leads me to believe that there was already a process for making oils for the purpose of healing. In addition, we now know that the benefits essential oils include antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, anti-toxic, anti-depressant, sedative, nervine, analgesic, digestive, deodorizing, diuretic, and the list goes on. We will talk more about specific essential oils and their benefits in other articles.
One of the main reasons I use essential oils for health and beauty is because it is said to leave no toxins behind when it enters to body. Essential oils are thought to leave the body in its entirety within 3 – 14 hours through perspiration, feces, urine, and breathing; the length depends on each individual’s ability weight and ability to eliminate. A person who exercises and perspires or drinks a lot of water will eliminate faster than someone who has a sedentary lifestyle, drinks very little water. Quite a contrast when compared to traditional medicine. This is the very reason I avoid the use of traditional medicine as it works on one problem while creating another.
Although ingested by some, external applications or inhalation is thought to be the most effective way to use essential oils. As with any substance that interacts or is introduced into the body, the key is knowing the appropriate amount to use as it is highly concentrated and, like anything else, is harmful in excess. A rule of thumb is as follows:
Only use 100% pure essential oils, derived through its appropriate extraction method. It is wise to test the purity of oils to ensure you are reaping the intended benefits and avoid health concerns. Below is the test for gauging pure essential oils:
If it leaves an oily patch then it is thought to be not 100% pure, and perhaps has been diluted with a carrier oil of some sort.
Here are some quick tips about essential oils:
Any health advice issued by this site is not a substitute for medical treatment or diagnosis by a doctor. Recipes that suggest the ingestion of essential oils should be approached with caution. While essential oils are very beneficial when used topically or for their aromas, ingestion is typically not recommended. Rochelle Simone does not sell or promote the use of essential oils for consumption.
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