What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are the life blood of an aromatic plant. Have you ever broken the leaf or stem of a plant and seen fluid come out? Or rub a peppermint leaf between your fingers? When you take that precious fluid which contains the plant’s immune system and 100’s of naturally occurring protective chemicals and super concentrate it, you end up with an essential oil!
Essential oils have also been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties. Young Living has always been at the forefront of bringing this ancient tradition to modern users, introducing millions to a total mind/body wellness they may never have dreamed possible.
Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Any time you hold a bottle of our powerful essential oils, you are holding nature’s pure essence.
Essential Oils containing sesquiterpenes have a unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues. These particles are one of the only things small enough to cross the blood brain barrier which separates the nervous system from the circulatory system.
They are obtained from herbs in their living state (plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bark and seeds). Essential oils are the purest and most potent form of an herb. Herbs have been dried out, so they only have 3-8% potency. Essential oils are so potent that 1 drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 26 bags of peppermint tea. It takes 43 lemon rinds to cold-press one 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil.
Essential Oils have protective properties to them which are the plants natural defense mechanisms and they have many health benefits when we use them as well.
How Do Essential Oils Work?
Essential oils contain many natural chemical constituents that have been documented to therapeutically affect all the inner workings of the human body, such as calming for stress reduction and better sleep, mood and energy enhancing properties and improved function in various systems of the body.
When applied transdermally (though the skin), their tiny molecules penetrate the fatty layers of the skin and move much deeper into the body. The lipid solubility of essential oils allows them to travel trans-cellularly, or directly through the cell itself. Because essential oils can penetrate through the fatty tissue layers into the interstitial fluids as well as into the blood circulation, they have a profound effect on the whole body.