We have cultivated a relationship with plants since the beginning of time. We have valued and respected their medicinal properties going thousands of years back, protecting a variety of species to ensure our own survival and well-being. If we take a look back, we see many cultures utilizing the power of plant medicine, including the Egyptians (3500 BC) who used plant extracts for health, cosmetic & religious purposes. Romans diffused essential oils in their temples, political buildings, and bath houses to invigorate and ward off disease. The Bible contains over 1,000 references to herbs and essential oils. In 1910, a French chemist, Renee Gattefosse was involved in a lab explosion and although a day later he had already developed gangrene from infection, an accidental discovery of dipping his hand into lavender oil led to his immediate healing. The profound, healing properties of plants, although long understood, has been somewhat lost since the discovery of penicillin and the advent of modern medicine. Nowadays, we largely seek out pharmaceutical drugs to address our health needs. Although they indeed have their value, and have saved countless lives, there is one class of drugs in particular that is becoming less and less effective with time. You have guessed right, if antibiotics came to mind. They utilize a single mechanism in the body, which over time bacteria like MRSA are able to develop a resistance to. Plants however, are continuously evolving, and their constituents change a little bit over time to make them more adaptable to their environment. Their ability to develop compounds to combat bacteria, viruses, fungi, insects and disease make them unique and remarkable in their properties. We are able to benefit from these same compounds when we use them, and integrate them into our own biology, as in the case with essential oils.
Whether you were aware of it or not, you probably have had an essential oil experience. If you ever walked through a field of lavender, or smelled a rose, you have appreciated the aromatic qualities of plants and their oils. If you have ever had a cup of peppermint tea or used spices to enhance the flavoring of your dishes, you have also experienced the wonderful properties of essential oils. Essential oils only comprise 1-2% of plants. Although it only represents a small part of the plant, we are able to concentrate these oils from their corresponding bark, stems, seeds, flowers, & roots. Essential oils are 40-70x more powerful than herbs. To illustrate this, 1 drop of peppermint oil = 25 cups of tea! They are very potent indeed and must be treated with respect and care.
There are three applications for essential oils: 1. Aromatic: Certain essential oils when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also purify the air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. 2.Topical: Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. 3. Internal: Essential oils can be taken as dietary supplements supporting a variety of health conditions. I personally use Doterra because they are the purest oil on the market and contain no synthetic fillers or ingredients.
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