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Are Essential Oils Really ‘Essential’? by Nandini Weitzman

What is an essential oil? As compared to a fatty oil, an essential oil comes from the part of a plant which is essential to its current life: the root, leaf, flower, bark, stem or wood, for instance. All of these parts of the plant contain oil, which is like the blood of a plant. Interestingly, plant oils have very similar constituents to blood. The main difference is that the plant's blood (oil) usually contains chlorophyll, whereas human blood has hemoglobin.

One characteristic of an essential oil is that when it is applied to the skin, it is quickly absorbed. Only minutes after application, the oil has penetrated the skin and entered the bloodstream and into the cell itself.

Other important oils—such as peanut oil, olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil and sesame oil—are classified as fatty oils. They come from the next generation of the plant, the seed or nut. They usually remain on your hands or skin until you scrub them off.

Although it has been proved that essential oils pass through the blood-brain barrier, they do not accumulate in any of the organs or other areas of the body the way that chemicals, heavy metals or other toxins can. This is why it is of utmost importance that the essential oils we use, either through the olfactory system, direct topical application or as a dietary supplement, be absolutely pure, with no adulteration whatsoever.

Now we know what an essential oil is and that our bodies can easily absorb them—but are they really essential? Many people around the globe would emphatically say yes. They’ve been used throughout history, in all of their various forms to create better health and vitality. Gary Young, the founder and developer of Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils, states, “The ability of essential oils to act on both the mind and the body is what makes them totally unique among natural therapeutic agents. The fragrance of an essential oil can be very stimulating—both psychologically and physically. The fragrance of other essential oils may be calming and sedating, helping overcome anxiety or hyperactivity. On a physiological level, essential oils may stimulate immune function and regenerate damaged systems. The origins of aromatherapy and historical references date back thousands of years. From documented uses by Napoleon, to references in the Bible, fragrant oil and spices have played a prominent role throughout world history."

Nandini Weitzman, CCN, is a Young Living Essential Oils Independent Business Owner #158175. She does small group or private consultations and presentations in your home or her office. For more information, email nandini@nandiniyes.com or call 434-2408.

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