As you probably know about me, I believe in the holistic approach towards healthcare. I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years and my time there taught me that you do not have to live the life you have been prescribed. When we use a more natural approach the results are incredible. I have been to many countries from Africa to Hungary and many places in between. I have found that in these countries, the holistic approach to medicine, is more common, like using plants. 

One great way to use plants to positively affect your health is by using essential oils. Although these oils have been considered a trendy health topic, they actually have been around for thousands of years. In fact, the first-ever record of medicine was frankincense oil. This technique of healing your body has been around since the beginning of time and research is continuing. 

Like anything, it is important to know exactly what essential oils are, so let’s talk a little bit about that. Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. Depending on what type of essential oils you are using depends on what type of plant and what part of the plant it derives from. There are multiple ways that essential oils are made, but the most common is distillation. Once distilled, the aromatic chemicals are extracted and combined with a carrier oil, which creates the final product. 

There are multiple ways to get essential oils in your body but the one I use and is most common is through aromatherapy. Not only do the products smell good, but once inhaled the molecules in the oils affect your body in a positive way. Is the simple act of smelling something positively affecting your body seem too good to be true? Take a look at the science behind it to better understand how your body reacts to this. 

When you inhale the oils, the olfactory system is stimulated. This is the part of the brain that is connected to smell, like the nose and the brain. After passing through your nose and mouth, the molecules move to other parts of your body, like your brain. This affects the limbic system which is linked to emotions, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance. This leads to the subtle positive effects that your body can benefit from.

Current research has found that these oils can affect nausea, body aches, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, menstrual problems, and possibly even hair loss. Not only do I take essential oils when my body isn’t feeling in tip-top shape, but I also try to take them daily and weekly, because of their antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. One thing that is important to me is the lack of toxins in these oils. Research has found that essential oils possess antiviral activities without having toxicity. Often times, anti-viral agents have chemicals and toxins that may prevent a single illness but hurt your body in other ways. I spend a lot of my life trying to detox the toxins out of my own life and others, so being able to use a product that I can be sure is toxin-free is important. 

Free radicals cause the oxidation of biomolecules such as the proteins and amino acids in your body which lead to molecular alterations related to aging, atherosclerosis, and cancer. When we apply externally antioxidants, a balance occurs between free radicals and antioxidants. Many of the essential oils of basil, cinnamon, clove, and many more have proven radical-scavenging and antioxidant properties. 

The bottom line is that essential oils are great alternatives for giving your body nutrients it needs in a holistic way. When purchasing these oils, be sure to only get high-quality oils from pure plant compounds made through distillation or cold-pressing. 

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10962794

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/10884

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tanu_Bansal/publication/318461256_Benefits_of_essential_oil/links/596efb050f7e9bd5f760cfc9/Benefits-of-essential-oil.pdf

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