Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile organic compounds distilled from plants. The oil is made from the fragrant essences of the plant and can be obtained from the roots, seeds, shrub, flowers, leaves and trees. Volatile compounds, means they evaporate quickly when exposed to the air, which is what allows them to be smelled.
When these essences are extracted from plants in a natural way, such as, distillation or mechanically pressed, they are essential oils. Essential oils that are made through a chemical process are not considered real essential oils.
Essential oils are extremely concentrated. For example, it takes about 75 lemons to make one bottle of essential oil and about 220lbs of lavender flower to make one point of essential oil. The oils are very powerful which is why they are able to reach every part of our bodies on a cellular level. Within 20 minutes of using or breathing in an oil, they can be found in every organ in your body.
As a refresher for those of us who forget our anatomy class education, or those of you that didn’t study anatomy: The primary structures within the limbic system include the amygdala, hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, and cingulate gyrus. The amygdala is the emotion center of the brain, while the hippocampus plays an essential role in the formation of new memories about past experiences.
When breathed in, the oils stimulate small receptors in the nose that send chemical messages to the brain’s limbic system, where emotions are stored and can help relax and clear the mind as well as release emotional trauma.
Therapeutic grade Young Living Essential Oils do the following:
-reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes when applied topically to the body
-eliminate toxins in your body
-have the capability of passing the “blood-brain” barrier -work on emotions via the limbic system of your brain when inhaled
-release emotional trauma, relax and clear the mind
-transport nutrients to starving human cells
-act as powerful antioxidants
-increase atmospheric oxygen
-remove toxins in the air
-increase ozone and negative ions in the area which inhibit bacterial growth