essential oils

Essential oils are aromatic volatile organic compounds that are the very essence of a plant. They are typically extracted through steam distillation or cold pressing and their chemistry is extremely complex, consisting of hundreds of unique chemical compounds or constituents that depend on everything from climate to the soil the plant is grown in to the sounds that the plant “hears” while growing. Drought will yield a plant that is higher in certain constituents that the plant expressed in order to survive those conditions. Science is incapable of recreating that synergy.

Ancient writing and traditions tell us that essential oils have been used for thousands of years, and alongside herbs, were perhaps man’s first medicine, both for physical and spiritual purposes. Modern science seems to be on the cusp of figuring out the biochemistry of what has been known intuitively for millennia. What we need to keep in our consciousness is that no synthetic fragrance will be capable of reproducing what is achieved by nature. Isolating one compound out of hundreds and calling that a “cure” will never yield the potential results that can be achieved with the complete essential oil. If we see results with an isolated compound, imagine what the results could be with one that retains that natural synergy?

The last decade has brought scientific discoveries that odor receptors are not found solely in the nose, but throughout the body – in the liver, heart, kidneys, muscle tissue, skin, even sperm – where they are responsible for initiating important physiological functions. When we inhale a fragrance, those molecules are recognized first by the ancient chemical receptors that line the olfactory membranes in our nose. Olfactory receptors behave like a lock-and-key system, with an odor molecule the key to the receptor’s lock. When the right molecule lines up with the right receptor, it sets in motion an elaborate choreography of biochemical reactions. These signals are transmitted to the limbic system and the olfactory sensory nerves at the base of the brain. From there, physiological functions as diverse as the repair of muscle and skin tissue, the reduction of nausea, to the programming of sperm, can be initiated. So whether you view this information from the ancient perspective of synergistic healing or from the perspective of modern science not really grasping why it works – but recognizing it’s significance, it is time to embrace the power of essential oils.

aromatically

The complex fragrance of essential oils activates the limbic system, the brain’s center of emotion and memory, and influences olfactory receptors throughout the body. Create an environment in your home or work space that supports your emotional and physical health and is free of toxic chemicals. You might try the following methods – steam inhalation, aromatic spritzers, diffusion, or inhaler tubes. There are options for you home, purse, work space, car and even your laptop!

in your home

Home. Is there a word that conjures up more emotion than home? It defines our sense of security and is our refuge in a chaotic world. Why would we fill up our sanctuaries with chemicals and toxins? Our homes should be the ultimate safe harbor, where babies can crawl and pets can nap and the air is clean to breathe. Essential oils prove their diverse nature yet again on the homefront. With a complete line of cleaning products for everything from your laundry to your floors to your vegetables, Thieves has got you covered. And creating solutions for all of our down and dirty issues is but a oil blend recipe away! Stinky sneakers and pet beds, no problem. Pest free outdoor fun, easy. Clean non-toxic counters for food prep, check. Spritzers that send food borne pathogens on your cutting board packing, simple. Oil infused bed linens that will send you off to dreamland, got ’em. Fresh clean non toxic air charged with health negative ions from your diffuser, bring it on. There isn’t a need in your home that essential oils cannot meet.

internally

Using essential oils internally as a part of your oil infused lifestyle comes with tremendous health supporting benefits. And because these oils are direct to you from nature, they possess a synergy that your body recognizes, unlike synthetic products and supplements. Toxins and harmful chemicals can hide in everything from the food you eat to the water you drink. Worse yet, they can accumulate in your body, causing feelings of lethargy and preventing you from absorbing critical nutrients. Cleanse built-up toxins with essential oils and blends as a part of your wellness protocol. There’s more to aging well than diet and exercise. As we age, our bodies take on more and more damage from cell-wrecking free radicals, making us look and feel older. Many essential oils are rich in antioxidants—compounds that combat free radicals and help you to look and feel vibrant! Take advantage of the optimal energy, digestion, immunity, and mental clarity available to you when you are using essential oil-infused multivitamins, minerals and supplements. Transform the way you feel every day with an oil infused lifestyle that provides both overall and targeted support for all the needs of yourself, family and even your pets! Life is supposed to be abundant with energy, clarity, stamina and vitality…essential oils can open the door to the life you were intended to experience.

topically

Everything that you apply to your skin is absorbed directly into your body. Essential oils provide an all natural chemical and toxin free option to support your health without creating a toxic burden. The chemical constituents of essential oils serve to support your health from a holistic or whole body aspect. The National Institute of Health database has thousands of research articles referring to the power of essential oils to provide natural options for virtually everything in your wellness and home remedy tool kit. Oral care is included in topical application and is a wonderful route to supporting your overall health. The health of your mouth is directly connected to the health of your vascular system, as well as being the initial stage of the digestive process. Topical application of essential oils includes massage, baths, applying oils to acupressure or meridian points on the body, as well as your beauty and personal products. Explore using creams, lotions, spritzers, bath blends, deodorant, hair products, roll-ons and sprays for home, work and on the go! The possibilities are endless.

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