Essential Oils Play an Integral Part in Health and Healing.
Essential oils are gaining more attention as people are seeking natural solutions for health and wellness in a growing concern of filling our bodies with synthetic and chemical ingredients. The stacking evidence of the effectiveness of essential oils makes them a simple choice!
Essential oils have the unique ability to relax the body, mind, and spirit. Pure essential oils and carefully formulated blends can help maintain normal balance and peace. Through diffusion, direct inhalation, and massage, dōTERRA's essential oil products can become an affirming part of your day with the beautiful scents of botanicals from all around the world. When treating physical ailments, essential oils are cost effective, efficient and promote health for you and your family.
At Alchemy Yoga & Wellness Studio we believe that combining the practice of yoga and meditation with essential oils plays a practical role in mood management. For this reason, you can be sure that nature's medicine will be diffusing in the air of the studio for your well-being during each visit.
The dōTERRA collection of essential oils represents the finest aromatic extracts available in the world today. Each oil provides the living essence of its source, gently distilled from plants that are nurtured and carefully harvested throughout the world.
The use of essential oils for emotional well-being is incredibly popular. People often use essential oils to relieve stress or to help calm their nervous system. Essential oils are invaluable to those who are going through mental, emotional, or physical stress, or those who need to be energized.
Essential oils can have a healing effect both mentally and emotionally. The psychological benefits are usually obtained when essential oils are inhaled. Our sense of smell is governed by the olfactory organ at the top of our nose. The aroma sends an immediate signal to the limbic system of the brain, which is the centre of memory and emotion. The oils can exert a powerful effect on mind, mood, and emotions. Many oils can be used to create a positive emotional state, help soothe grief, create an environment of relaxation at the end of a long day, and much more. These pure essential oils are uniquely able to bring emotional balance where less pure oils have not been found to produce the same benefits.
Healing for the Body
Specific essential oils contain therapeutic or anti-septic properties which can help tremendously with pain relief, respiratory problems, sore throats, muscle aches, cuts and wounds, headaches, or insect bites.
Soothing Scents for the Home
It has been estimated that there are more than 3000 chemicals used in fragrances in everyday products like scented candles, plug-in fragrances, and scented garbage bags to name a few. In order to produce these inexpensive scented household products, companies use synthetic fragrances to make products smell for longer. Many different chemicals such as phthalates, petroleum and formaldehyde are often added. The chemicals that are used can mimic the effects of naturally-occurring hormones in our body. Some research has suggested a link between synthetic fragrances and health problems, such as reproductive issues, asthma and allergies. Other reactions from exposure to these synthetic fragrances in the environment can present as headaches, fatigue and skin rashes.
The other unfortunate side of a synthetic fragrance is that the manufactured scent does not contain the therapeutic properties of their counterpart whole-plant based essential oils thus the true power and purpose of aromatherapy is lost. For example the essential oils of an orange versus a fragrance oil that smells like orange. The body gains nothing of value from fragrance oil because this man-made substance was only created to duplicate a natural aroma not the properties; the essential oil is a function and byproduct of a plant created to protect, heal and pollinate life is far more beneficial. The hormonal, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral properties of a plant are captured in the essential oil and the human body is able to use the plant's vital energy to benefit itself.
Scent your home safely and naturally with essential oils. You can feel confident that you are infusing medicine from the earth into the air for your family that will uplift and heal.
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Essential Oils for Mood Management
Our moods are a complex interplay of emotional and physical components, so can essential oils really help? I know it’s hard to imagine that inhaling a “nice aroma” could alter your body’s chemistry and imbalances that lead to mood disorders, but research has shown that there are several essential oils which can help ease depression and anxiety.
It may come as a surprise that one in four people will suffer from some form of diagnosable mental health disorder in any given year. More than likely you already know someone who has experienced an intimate relationship along the very broad and complex mental health spectrum. I say broad because the spectrum can range from mood disorder, anxiety and depression to mental disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Bi-polar and Schizophrenia.
Would it surprise you to know that essential oils have been used throughout history by ancient cultures for mind and body? Traditional Chinese medicine, Indian Ayurvedic and ancient Egyptian culture recorded the use of essential oils that were later used by the Greeks and Romans. They were primarily used for medicinal and therapeutic purpose due to the natural organic compounds extracted from leaves, stem, flower and the root of the plant.
Essential oil in plants are non water-based phytochemicals made up of several volatile organic molecules. This means they can be easily absorbed in to the skin due to the structure of these molecules. Presently their use is wide-spread amongst holistic practitioners and those who prefer a more natural remedy for a range of health concerns and greater sense of well-being.
The Aromatic Effect of Essential Oils
Whether we realize it or not, our entire lives are affected by smell. When inhaled, essential oils stimulate the 50 million smell receptors inside the nasal cavity. The brain’s emotional centre called the amygdala is located in the limbic system and is directly connected to our sense of smell. So if you’ve ever wondered why certain smells bring about a deep sense of nostalgia, it’s because the limbic system governs emotions, pleasure and memory along with motivation and sexual arousal. Certain smells influence the production of endorphins and other neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin that make us feel good.
Before I give you specific recommendations of how to benefit from nature’s best kept secret here’s the most important consideration when it comes to choosing an essential oil: Quality is far more essential (excuse the pun ) than quantity. To get the most out of essential oil, you must choose a therapeutic-grade that is NOT adulterated. Adulterated oils contain synthetic chemicals or compounds than may contain fillers or artificial ingredients. Not only will this dilute the natural composition of the plant extract but it can also cause harm to your body. Secondly, because of the potency of therapeutic-grade essential oil, when used topically, you should blend it with a carrier oil to ensure it is safely diluted. Carrier oils include sweet almond oil, hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba, olive oil and fractionated coconut oil.
dōTERRA has created a matrix of essential oil blends that target various emotional and mental symptoms. Research has shown that pure essential oils can be a very effective way to manage mood, so you can either use a single essential oil for the benefit it offers or choose a blend of several oils that are carefully selected to help with symptoms. Now let’s get to the benefits of Mother Nature’s special gift, paying particular attention to those that help with anxiety and depression!
Specific Oils to Lower Anxiety
Beneficial oils for anxiety will help bring a greater sense of calm and groundedness to a person. They will help to relax the mind and bodily sensations associated with anxiety. These oils include: Balance Grounding Blend, Lavender, Bergamot, Rose, Clary Sage, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, Orange, Sandalwood, and Pine.
A study conducted in Taiwan in 2011 provided clear and powerful evidence of the effect essential oils have on anxiety. The researchers selected elementary school teachers, who are known to constantly work under significant stress, to use an inhalation of Bergamot essential oil as the method of administration. They found that even a 10-minute-long weekly inhalation of aromatherapy resulted in a significant reduction of blood pressure and heart rate, and drove the autonomic nervous activity toward a balanced state. Imagine the effects of ongoing essential oils added daily for your health!
Specific Oils to Aid in Depression
Beneficial oils for depression will help an individual to feel more motivated, energized and offer a general sense of increased well-being. These oils include: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Citrus oils, Frankincense, Peppermint, Chamomile, Blue Tansy, Lavender, and Jasmine.
Bergamot: One essential oil that stands out for depression is bergamot (C. aurantium var. bergamia). Many citruses are acknowledged for their uplifting effects. Bergamot has been proven in studies to be particularly powerful. There are a lot of historical and anecdotal reports of the calming and antidepressant effects of bergamot essential oil and several scientific studies supporting these claims.
dōTERRA's calming blend, Serenity, has the benefits of many essential oils in one bottle to help with depression. Made of Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Hawaiian Sandalwood and Vanilla.
If you would like to ask Rachel any questions about essential oils or have her teach a class at your home or workplace to educate others on the benefits of essential oils, send a message to [email protected].