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What are essential oils?

YoungLivingEssentialOilsinBox.jpgEssential oils are nature’s volatile, aromatic compounds generated within shrubs, trees, plants, roots, bushes and seeds. They are usually extracted with steam distillation, hydrodistillation, or cold pressed extraction. The power of an essential oil lies in its constituents and their synergy. Each oil is comprised of 200-500 different bioconstituents which make them very diverse and powerful. No two oils are alike. Essential oils have the unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and travel throughout the blood and tissues. When topically applied to the feet, or soft tissue for instance, essential oils can travel through the body in a matter of minutes. It is so important to use only pure, unadulterated oils when you consider the effects these oils can have on your system.

Young Living oils are available at Sage, and can be inhaled, diffused, rubbed on (especially good on reflex points and energy chakras). The oils can be diluted with pure oils or used neat. I personally have used them internally for years with great results. The fragrance of an essential oil can directly affect your emotions and have profound psychological effects. The sense of smell is directly linked to the limbic love of the brain, the emotional control center. Anxiety, depression, fear, anger, joy, all emanate from this center and the breathing in or essential oils can -through their fragrance and unique molecular structure-can be used to combat stress and trauma, and affect hormone balance.

cheryl-davisWritten by Cheryl Davis, R.N.

Cheryl Davis, R.N., has many years of experience working in the medical field. She has assisted many people with better health and wellness using Young Living Essential Oils.