What Are Essential Oils?

Even though essential oils have been around for millennium, dating back to the early Egyptians and were brought as gifts to Jesus in biblical times (remember frankincense?), they’ve become more relevant today than ever before.

While people traditionally see a doctor for an illness and are prescribed medication, many others have awakened to the fact that essential oils can be used powerfully in healing and supporting the body’s emotional and physical well-being.

These oils not only smell wonderful, but they actually heal at the cellular level. Essential oils are volatile liquids distilled from plants and parts such as seeds, flowers, fruit, stems, bark, roots and leaves. It may take hundreds of pounds of flowers and leaves to distill one batch of pure essential oil.
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Despite their name, essential oils are not oils but are aromatic, volatile substances or essences extracted from a plant, herb or flower by distillation or expression. It is a labor-intensive process resulting in a potent extract that is not cheap to produce.

Due to its concentrated nature, a small amount can be used very effectively for a range of ailments, skin care and even natural homemade household cleaners.

The uses for essential oils (both for health and emotions) are vast and diverse.

Essential oils carry the essence of the plants in such a potent form that a single drop of essential oil can equal multiple teaspoons of the dried herb (for instance, 1 drop of peppermint oil equals more than 25 cups of peppermint tea and oils can be up to 70x more potent than their dried herbal form). They can be used or applied in a multitude of ways and combined to bring powerful healing results to your tasks, atmosphere and bodies.

Essential oils are made up of various chemical constituents. Research in this area is continually growing, especially in recent years.

In addition to their impressive qualities, they often also transfer very pleasurable sensory experiences within minutes because of their fragrances and restorative natures. This impacts on our brain chemistry, emotional well-being and spiritual wellness.

There is a vast and diverse list of uses for essential oils. There are contraindications such as epilepsy or high blood pressure.  People who have an aversion to a smell usually won’t want to use a specific oil.

A blend can be created of up to five oils for the purposes of relaxation, calming stress, healing eczema, healing a respiratory problem or any myriad of other issues.

The issue being addressed will determine the method of application – such as an inhaler, bath oil, spray or skin tincture.

Let look at lavender oil. Within lavender oil, there are dozens of chemical ingredients. People need to know how powerful the ingredients are and what they are before using them on the skin, inhaling them, or taking them internally.  It’s one thing to put a few drops of oil on potpourri in a diffuser; it’s another to inhale them or use them on your skin when you have no idea how your body will react.

Here are a few common essential oils and their uses


Lavender is a calming oil that helps with panic attacks, calms the nervous system, and is used on minor burns to soothe skin.
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It is commonly sprayed on pillows or linens, or applied to the neck, chest or temples to help wind down before sleeping.


Peppermint wakens the senses and can increase the oxygen level in the blood just by being inhaled.
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“One drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of herbal tea,” according to one expert.

It helps with focus, and when combined with rosemary, which helps with memory and retention, makes a winning work day combination. Peppermint also can calm a troubled tummy and bring down fever.


Lemon is used as an alternative treatment to remove corns and warts.
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It’s a powerful bactericide and treats minor cuts and wounds as well, can brighten dull skin, helps with immunity and is used in antibacterial cleansers.


Frankincense was used in biblical times, and is the king of all oils.
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This oil will aid other oils to work at deeper levels to provide more healing. Frankincense has been studied for its ability to kill cancer cells, helps combat skin inflammation and rashes, and brings about focus and clarity.

Most of these oils have multiple benefits in a single oil, though their potency is a hard concept for many people to grasp.   You can literally use them to support your body’s health and well-being from the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment your head hits the pillow.

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