What Are The Essentials About Essential Oils - Adaptive Nourishment

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I get strange looks regularly when I talk about essential oils and how much we use them. Let’s face it, people look at me like I’m a bit crazy sometimes. The biggest question that I get is:

“Why do you believe in that stuff?”

What? My question to them is:

“How is believing in essential oils any different than believing in the prescription medication that you take?”

Therefore, I think now is a good time to explain what essential oils are and why they are more beneficial than most of us realize.

The History

The use of essential oils goes back so far that we aren’t entirely clear when it started. The first record that we have been able to discern with plants being used for medicinal purposes is from cave paintings with the Egyptians dated around 18,000 BC. It appears that the Egyptians began using these plants in the essential oil format as early as 4,500 BC.

Other records show that the oils may have been used in China and India at the exact same time. Whatever the date, this really means is they have been around since LONG before the advent of modern medicine.
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Essential oils may have started being used as aromatic oils, but they morphed into being used for so many more things! The primary things they were used for originally, and still are today, are:

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  • Aromatic Oils for health and healing
  • Cosmetics
  • Ointments
  • Perfumes
  • Medicine (pills, powders, suppositories, medicinal cakes)
  • Embalming
  • Antibiotics
  • Heal Infections
  • Massage
  • Diffusing

As you can see, there are so many uses for these wonderful little guys. They pack a ton of punch for such small amounts that are required for use. But what is the science behind these, you may be asking. Well, let’s take a look at that.

The Science

The best way to describe the science behind how essential oils work is simple: sesquiterpenes.

Basically, essential oils are comprised of isoprene units, which are primarily carbon and hydrogen and sometimes oxygen. Molecules with isoprene units, such as essential oils, make terpenes. I don’t want to get too complicated here because I understand that this can all get too clinical, but the reality is that terpenes are the molecules that are small enough to break the blood-brain barrier.

The current science thought is that in order to break the blood-brain barrier a molecule has to have a molecular weight less than 800-1000 atomic mass units or amu’s. Essential oils molecular weight are less than 500 amu’s, which means that they can effectively pass through the blood-brain barrier. By doing so, they are able to affect all areas of our bodies, even places that chemotherapy can’t reach!
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These terpenes, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, carry oxygen molecules to the cells and can rewrite misinformation in our DNA.. By doing both of these things they are able to create an oxygenated environment and restore the correct information to our cellular memory, which therefore, effectively fights disease, such as cancer.

These little guys pack so much into one little drop that they are essentially able to cover every single cell in our body 40,000 times! Not only that but they are known as volatile chemicals, which means that they are highly aromatic. Since they are volatile and contain high levels of terpenes, they have recently been experimented with to help heal diseases of the brain, as well as everything else they are being used for.

The Takeaway

The long and short of it is that essential oils are so beneficial to all of us that it doesn’t make sense NOT to use them. They are so powerful, that only a little bit is needed to be effective. They actually can do the opposite and cause harm, or the reverse action, if too much of them are used because they are so dense. Therefore, make sure to thoroughly research the oils you are planning to use, or talk to a professional, before adding them into your daily routine.

But overall, they can be used in beverages (1-2 drops per beverage, depending on the size), cooking (we use them in our dishes all of the time!), diffusing (2-4 drops per diffuser depending on the oil and whether it is a concentrated version or a version that is use for ingesting), topically (some need to have a carrier oil because they are so concentrated), pill form (may need a carrier oil as well due to concentration). There are so many ways to experiment with essential oils and they have so many health benefits that it just doesn’t make sense not to add them into your routine.

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While I am a distributor for Young Living, which is the brand that we primarily use, I don’t discriminate other brands either. I am just thrilled if you are using essential oils, no matter what the brand. However, if you do decide that you want to try some essential oils, the link above will get you a discount. I am all about discounts!

We love them and use them all the time. So much so that the kids fight over who gets to decide what gets put into the diffuser!

Have you delved into the world of Essential Oils yet? If so, what are some of your favorites and why?