Benefits Of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

As a rule, essential oils bring balance to the human body.

The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, the emotional control center. Many emotions emanate from this region such as fear, anger, joy, depression and anxiety. Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels and hormone balance, essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects.

We are extremely vulnerable to scent, and will often react to a smell emotionally before becoming aware of it physically. Sourced from nature, pure essential oils have the power to bring calm and joy to rejuvenate and nourish our mind, body and spirit.

Essential oils are sometimes called “the life force” of plants. The oils are extracted from various parts of the plant--the flowers, roots, bark, leaves and fruit--and have been used for centuries to heal both animals and people. They are potent, with remarkable medicinal properties. Modern research confirms this.

There are over 300 essential oils in general use today by professional practitioners. Each oil has its own medicinal properties, including antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal qualities. For instance, Young Living Essential Oils have been shown to destroy all tested bacteria and viruses while simultaneously restoring physiological balance to the body. Clinical research shows that with essential oils having the highest frequency of any natural substance known to man, they create an environment in which microbes cannot live. Many of the oils are also antiseptic, antiinflamatory, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antidepressant, digestive, expectorating, deoderizing, circulatory-stimulating and diuretic. So, as you can see, there is more to an essential oil than just its lovely aroma!

The quality of an essential oil depends primarily on the growing conditions of the plant: soil, weather and the timing of the harvest will all influence the fragrance, color and potency of the extracted oil. The processing and distillation of the oils are very important and can vary greatly from company to company. Many oils will say 100% pure but they are not necessarily “Therapeutic Grade", which is the highest quality of oils and will be labeled that they can be taken internally. If the product does not say it can be taken internally please do not take it internally.

Some methods of using essential oils are in Massage or Aromassage, the Raindrop Treatment and Vita-flex on the feet, Polarity Therapy, Acupressure and Energy Healing such as in Reiki, by applying topically to the skin, often diluted with pure vegetable oil, or by inhalation with a room diffuser.

Oils such as Lavender and Roman chamomile are good oils to use for allergies. The blends called Harmony and Valor by Young Living are also suggested.

There are some oils to avoid during pregnancy or if you are an epileptic. Please consult your aromatherapist or physician.

Cathie Drumm

At The Mind Body Sanctuary we have recently moved to 15203 Detroit which is above the Verizon Store. We are a holistic center offering Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Massage, Acupressure and Essential Oil therapies. We also offer classes/Seminars in Life Coaching, Meditation, Reiki certification and Acupressure for Self and Others, SEVA.

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