Essential oils are mankind’s first medicine. There are three main ways to utilize the therapeutic properties of essential oils; aromatically, topically, and internally.
The following is an excerpt from the 5th Edition of the Modern Essentials book because I love how they explain the aromatic effects of essential oils on the brain.
How Do Essential Oils Affect The Brain?
“The blood-brain barrier is the barrier membrane between the circulating blood and the brain that prevents certain damaging substances from reaching brain tissue and cerebrospinal fluid. The American Medical Association (AMA) determined that if they could find an agent that would pass the blood-brain barrier, they would be able to cure Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Chemical constituents known as sesquiterpenes – commonly found in essential oils such as frankincense and sandalwood – are known to be able to beyond the blood-brain barrier.
High levels of these sesquiterpenes help increase the amount of oxygen in the limbic system of the brain, particularly around the pineal and pituitary glands. This leads to an increase in secretions of antibodies, endorphins, and neurotransmitters.
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Also present in the limbic system of the brain is a gland called the amygdala. In 1989, it was discovered that the amygdala plays a major role in the storing and releasing of emotional trauma. The only way to stimulate this gland is with fragrance or the sense if smell. Therefore, essential oils can be a powerful key to help unlock and release emotional trauma.”
Studies have also shown that you do not need a keen sense of smell or even be able to smell for essential oils to have a power affect. The scent still reaches the brain and works. They have also done studies with just the aromatic effect of having two petri dishes left with the lids off over night where both had the same number of cultures growing and treated only one dish with essential oils. The next morning both petri dishes had decreased number of cultures growing just my those cells being able to aromatically take in the therapeutic properties.”
Tips For Aromatic Use
•Diffusers. There are many on the market. Research some that do not use a heating element as heat changes the chemical compound of the oil.
•Inhale from the bottle. Yes, it can be that easy.
•Hand – place one drop in the palm of your hand, rub hands together and cup them in front of the nose and inhale.
•Spritzer – I suggest starting with 5-10 drops in a 4oz. glass bottle and fill worth water. Citrus Bliss and Elevation are among my favorites for spritzers. If you purchase 2oz. bottles the spray top, may also fit your 15ml bottle. This comes in real handy when your’re done with a bottle and want to repurpose or give as gifts.
The skin absorbs anything we put on it in approx 26 seconds. Keep in mind when applying to your skin each drop of essential oil is between 30-70 times more powerful than the herb itself – a drop is all you need and in an oil carrier like fractionated coconut oil (my personal favorite), almond oil, olive oil, or your personal choice.
Tips For Topical Application
•Use an oil carrier
•Application to the bottom of the feet. Our feet have the largest pores, access to our meridian system and organs.
•There are many DIY lotions, deodorants, sunscreens, shampoo, conditioner, etc. The list of products is endless.
As I state in the disclaimer below not all essential oils are created equally. Make sure you using an oil that specifies that it is for internal consumption. Just like Diatomaceous Earth – you want the food grade one if you don’t want serious side effects. With that being said here are the different ways to take essential oils internally.
•Sublingual. This is placing a drop underneath the tongue. This allows the oil to go straight into your bloodstream and bypassing the body’s natural processing through the liver. Watch out for hot oils like Oregano – using a capsule is the better option for this hot little oil.
•Capsule. If you don’t like the taste of grapefruit but trying to balance progesterone (important for fertility support) you can put the oil into an empty capsule. The oil starts to break down the capsule right away so take immediately after making your capsule. There are a couple of techniques for making capsule and storing them but I have yet to write that blog. Check back soon.
•Beverage. I love drinking what I call the electrolyte blend which is also known as the allergy blend in my water. Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint. Now for smoothies I like adding a drop of Ginger or Clove.
•Cooking or baking. This tiny little section will have a page of its own full with recipes!
•Suppositories. Ladies, say goodbye to nasty expensive chemical yeast infection suppositories and creams! Yes I’ll be providing a blog about the how-to’s for these too, but for now if you’re interested email me and I am happy to share the info!
Want to know more? Are you interested in sharing the magic of mankind’s first medicine with your friends?
I suggest hosting a class where I come teach you and your friends, family or co-workers about the amazing benefits of the oils and you’ll get to experience all three ways of utilizing essential oils, or attend one of my classes.
Disclaimer: There are many different companies that make essential oils and the quality varies widely. You will find while researching the internet some are suggested for internal use while others are stated as topical or aromatherapy use only. I find the best rule-of-thumb is consider what brand they are speaking about, the quality of the oil, where it’s produced, any scientific studies they are quoting and what their use was for.