Simply Nahala

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Everyday Oils

Humans have used essential oils for thousands of years, which are a concentrated volatile liquid containing the essence and aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are generally captured through a process of distillation although there are other methods of extraction. The chemistry of essential oils is quite complex as they are highly concentrated making them far more potent than dried herbs. Different plants contain unique chemical constituents that offer various therapeutic benefits.

There are records dating back to 4500 B.C., before the time of Christ that describe the use of plant extracts for spiritual rituals and medicinal applications. The ancient Egyptians were masters in capturing the aromatic essence of plants. There are many Egyptian hieroglyphics on temple walls depicting the use and recipes for essential oil blends that played a prominent role in everyday life.

Essential oils were reintroduced in the western world during the late 19th and early 20th century. They were used extensively during World War I by Dr. Monceire, a French physician who found essential oils to be most effective in treating wounds in civilian and military hospitals due to their antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties.

Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, PhD was a French cosmetic chemist who began studying essential oils in 1907. After suffering severe burns on his hands in a laboratory explosion, he developed gas gangrene. He dunked his hands in a vat of lavender essential oil and experienced healing immediately. In 1937, Dr. Gattefosse published a book called Aromatherapy that details his experiences with essential oils. He also shared his studies with colleagues and friend, Dr. Jean Valnet.

During World War II, Dr. Jean Valnet used essential oils on patients suffering battlefield injuries after the supply of antibiotics had been exhausted. He found the oils to be extremely powerful in fighting infection. Two of Dr. Valnet's students, Dr. Paul Belaiche and Dr. Jean-Claude Lapraz continued studying essential oils.

In the late 20th century, Dr. Daniel Penoel, a French medical doctor, and Pierre Franchomme, a French biochemist co-authored the first reference book that cataloged the various medicinal properties of essential oils and how to use them in a clinical environment. The book originally published in French was titled l'aromatherapie exactement. Due to the work and first hand experience of these doctors and scientists, therapeutic-grade essential oils are gaining popularity once again.

Unfortunately, a large percentage of essential oils sold in the U.S. are synthetic or low-grade oils. Anything labeled with "fragrance" is made from synthetic chemicals and should not be used to avoid toxic build up in the body. In 1992 Gary Young, founder of Young Living developed a patented process of low heat and low pressure steam distillation to produce the finest quality therapeutic-grade essential oils in the industry. Many hospitals in The U.S. are using Young Living essential oils to treat patients as integrative therapies. I'm excited to share that one of the hospitals where I work, St. Charles Bend uses Young Living essential oils in the Family Birthing Center.

I use Young Living essential oils everyday because they are so powerful and healing. Since incorporating essential oils into my daily routine, I have experienced profound healing in many aspects of my life. The essence of the oils have an extremely high vibration and the effects can often be described as "miraculous." If you are interested in discovering the benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils, a great way to get started is to purchase the Everyday Oils Essential Oil Collection that provides support for your home, health, and body. It contains the following oils and blends with common uses:

Lemon ~ Acne, Wrinkles, Bunions, Alkalizer, Varicose Veins, Parasites, Kills Bacteria

Frankincense ~ Meditation, Tooth Infections, Memory & Concentration, Immune System, Healthy Youthful Skin, Warts, Better Vision

Purification ~ Earaches, Canker Sores, Blisters, Insect Repellent, Air Purifier, Pink Eye, Insect Bites

Joy ~ Uplifting, Calming & Balancing, Inspires Romance, Depression, PMS, Anxiety, Mood Swings

Thieves ~ Immunity, Cold & Flu, Bronchitis, Household Cleaner, Toothaches, Cold sores & Canker Sores, Athletes Foot

Pan Away ~ Sore Muscles, Inflammation, Arthritis, Pain, Sprains, Sport Injuries, Bruises

Peppermint ~ Headaches, Alertness, Heartburn, Nausea, Fever, Poison Oak, Pain

Lavender ~ Burns, Sleep Aid, Allergies, Acne, Eczema & Psoriasis, Stretch Marks, High Blood Pressure

Peace & Calming ~ Stress & Anxiety, Temper Tantrums, Depression, Anger Management, Sleep Aid, Relaxing Bath, Teeth Grinding

Valor ~ Emotional Strength, TMJ, Back Pain/Injury, Anxiety, Joint Pain, Sleep APnea, Spinal Adjustment

Health and Wellness,

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition please consult your physician before using any suggested products.

Source: Essential Oils Pocket Reference (2011 5th Edition) by Life Science Publishing

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