So, if you’re wondering how those essential oils work, when the oils are diffused into the air the aromatic molecules are inhaled. They interact with the body’s own factory nerves and the limbic system. The limbic system is directly connected the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and other emotions. Scents have a powerful effect much like the smell of freshly baked cookies reminding someone of their grandmother.
Fun things about Essential Oils:
These are things we have learned in the process of using essential oils, doing research on the internet and also experimenting using essential oils ourselves. When it comes down to it always lean on the side of caution and always dilute your essential oils.
+ Essential oils are created through a variety of processes including: distillation, expression and solvent extraction. Distillation is one of the most common ways to make essential oils, which makes each drop very aromatic and very potent.
+ One drop contains 40 million trillion molecules. That means it can cover each of your cells 400,000 times to help combat an illness or uplift your mood.
+ Essential oils come from a variety of plant parts including: bark, roots, leaves, stems, flowers, and blossoms.
+ It takes at least 60 Roses to Make 1 drop of Rose Essential Oil
+ Essential oils are active at the cellular level.
+ The reason essential oils are stored in dark amber or cobalt blue bottles is to protect the oil from sunlight which breaks down the strength of the essential oil.
Be very weary of essential oils in clear containers.
+ There are over 180 references to particular plants and essential oils in the bible.
+ Essential oils are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune defense properties of plants.
+ Essential oils are not like any other kind of oil. They do not work or have the same properties as carrier oils such as: olive oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil. They have no calories either.
+ On the molecular level some essential oils are tiny, which makes it easier for them to be absorbed into the skin. Even to cross the blood brain barrier to fight free radicals.
+ Studies have shown that Rosemary essential oil helps brain performance.
+ Some essential oils should never go undiluted on the skin. It is better to mix with carrier oils such as almond oil, coconut oil, sunflower oils. Oils like Oregano and Thyme can irritate or burn the skin. You can use them on your feet as well if your skin is sensitive.
+ Essential oils oxidize over time which makes them lose their therapeutic value, so it is important to keep track of how long you have had the essential oil so you can know how much to use.
+ Children should always use diluted essential oils. Since they have sensitive and thinner skin this is always a wise choice to dilute.
+ Some essential oils to be used with caution for pregnancy. Only a few. As many have extremely good benefits to using them during pregnancy.
+ Essential Oils are very versatile. They interact differently with every single persons body chemistry, so it is important to try different essential oils to figure out which oils work best for your body.
+ It is important to make sure that you are using Essential Oils versus Fragrance Oils, as Fragrance Oils should never be applied directly onto the skin or ingested because these fragrance oils typically have extra fillers which can be harmful to the body.
+ Vetiver is associated and know better by its popular name “Khus” which originates from the Indian Continent. The Vetiver we use comes from Haiti.
+ It is important to avoid direct sunlight after applying citrus oils onto the skin. The skin will be photosensitive. If you get burned use Lavender, it's soothing to irritated skin.
+ Avoid ALL Essential Oils with the label that says “For External Use Only” Why? There's something in it that has been adulterated or added to bring down the cost. But this can be costly to your body. Use only pure oils.
+ Do not use water to dilute Essential Oils, water only INCREASES the strength of the oil. It is better to use a carrier oil as that will make it not as strong when it may be burning, or making the skin itchy.
+ If topically applying essential oils irritates the skin, simply breathe in aroma of the essential oils, or diffuse them because inhaling essential oils can sometimes be as effective as applying them.
+ Heating up Essential Oils breaks them down removing the full therapeutic benefits. If you are using them for cooking or adding them to tea or hot chocolate it is best to add them right before you serve the food or drink your tea or cocoa.
+ When Cooking with Essential Oils make sure you use a tooth pick to add in the flavor. Dip the toothpick into whichever essential oil you are using then dip the toothpick into the mixed ingredients of the recipe you are making. Then taste the mixture and continue this process until you have the taste you want. A little goes a long way, and in some cases even one drop was too much for the recipe we tried.
+ Essential Oils are absorbed through a variety of body systems including the Exocrine System and Endocrine System (all glands), through the Integumentary System (skin, hair, nails) , the Respiratory System (inhaling, lungs, breathing, oxygen in the blood stream), and the Circulatory System (blood flow, oxygen in the blood, digestion).
+ Using a Glass Spray Bottle Spray Lemongrass or Peppermint (make sure to dilute) around the base of your house around the floor boards, around the doors and windows to keep out bugs and spiders.