Let's get back to the basics.
WE LOVE ESSENTIAL OILS.
It is through essential oils that our business began. We both use them in our daily life with our pets, family, and ourselves. We want to begin by providing an essential oil 101 overview. What the are they? How do they help us? How do we use them??
Let's start with the science. Essential oils are volatile organic compounds that are found in the seeds, stem, bark, roots, and flowers of plants. These oils work to protect the plant, assist in pollination, and provide the plant with its fragrance. Essential oils are then distilled from plants through a select type of extraction, depending on the plant itself. When used on our bodies, essential oils can help provide powerful benefits to our health and wellness. They help our body do what it already knows how to do, better. As opposed to modern pharmaceuticals, essential oils are naturally able to penetrate our cell membranes, to assist our body on a cellular level, with zero side effects when used properly. Ummm, yes please!
There are 3 ways to use essential oils; Aromatically, Topically, and Internally*.
Aromatically-Arguably the most popular way to use essential oils, aromatic usage can provide powerful mental and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors which are linked to the limbic system which support our emotions, behavior, and memory. Diffusion is an extremely popular way to use essential oils aromatically. You can also open the bottle and sniff, put a few drops in the bottom of your shower and breathe in the steam, apply to a piece of diffuser jewelry, or put a couple of drops into cupped hands and inhale deeply.
Topically-Using essential oils topically allow you to localize where you'd like to receive the benefits. For example, if you have a sore shoulder, apply the oil of your choice to your shoulder and massage it in. It is recommended to dilute oils, especially when using on individuals with sensitive skin. Popular ways to dilute them are with unscented lotion, fractionated coconut oil, or jojoba oil. My favorite places to apply topically are the soles of my feet, my temples, the back of my neck, down my spine, my chest, or on my abdomen.
Internally*-This is the most potent method of application but also one of the most beneficial. Using essential oils internally can support our cardiovascular system, immune system, metabolism, respiratory system, digestive system, and nervous system. They can also help obtain necessary antioxidants and assist in cleansing our gastrointestinal system. You can use essential oils internally by mixing them with water or tea, taking daily essential oil supplements, putting a drop under your tongue, or dropping essential oils in veggie capsules and taking them.
Everyone has their own preferred method of receiving the benefits that essential oils provide. We love a good combination of all three. Daily we are able to support ourselves internally as well as emotionally, which is an option that we never had before discovering these beautiful oils.
*Essential Oils must have the proper chemical profile and be free of any impurities or adulteration to be safe to ingest. Make sure you are only using oils that are CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade), and that note "Supplemental Facts" on the bottle.