Each essential oil is a complex combination of compounds such as alcohols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, several varieties of terpenes. It is the volatile oil component in plants that is obtained by distillation of the plant matter that include stems, leaves, fruits, flowers, barks among others. It is the special combination of these elements that give basil essential oil its spicy aroma, peppermint that sharp tangy smell and so on.
Essential oils are a part of homeostasis
There is pure science in the statement that essential oils can cure diseases in humans. Pure essential oils are derived from plants and are a part of their essential homeostasis process. These oils are a part of the life flowing blood of plants circulating all through their cells and tissues carrying nutrients in and waste products out.
Effectively flush out toxins
When these oils are used by humans, they act in a similar way. In humans, the essential oils help in carrying oxygen to the individual cells and draw out the waste products acting as a natural cleanser. Applying them cleanses the body internally of all toxins responsible for a healthy and normal functioning of the cells. One of the best effects of applying essential oils is that they effectively flush out heavy metal toxins through the lungs, kidneys, colon, liver and sweat giving the internal organs a deep cleansing.
Speeds up normal cell functions
At the same time, the ability of these cells to absorb and process vital nutrients and vitamins increases making the body and mind whole and healthy. In fact, in plants, essential oils play the role that hormones do in human bodies – they regulate the plant system function. They also synchronize the production of their enzymes and vitamins acting as messengers that coordinate the vial activities of the plant.
When applied to the human bodies, essential oils play out a similar role acting as neurotransmitters communicating between the cells, as hormones regulating functions, as peptides and hormones to stimulate cell functioning and vitamins that assist in the overall wellness.
How it works
Aromatherapy: One of the most popular therapeutic uses of essential oils is in Aromatherapy. The aroma of the oil is recognized by the olfactory nerves in the nose and passed on to the deepest part of our brain known as the limbic system directly. This is the emotional processing center of the brain that communicates with the brainstem that in turn controls vital body functions. This is how lavender oil is effective in relaxing the body and mind and helping you to sleep better. It reduces your anxiety level and improves mood bringing about calmness.
Absorption through the skin: When applied to the skin, the molecules of the essential oils penetrate through the epidermal or top layer of the skin reaching the dermal or deeper layer and moves on to the blood vessels. It then circulates all through the body reaching the deepest cells and neurons where they act as the stimulating agents to carry out the proper functioning. The antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties are passed on to the affected cells of the body.
This way they help the affected cells get healed and also flush out the toxin through the different excretory media. Essential oils that enter the bloodstream and the act quickly and also leave the body within a few hours leaving behind their healing effects within the tissues. The diseased cells recover faster giving you better health without any side effects that drugs may have.
How some popular oils work
- Tea tree oil is used to treat infections of the mucus like sinusitis and also acne.
- Peppermint oil is good to relieve nausea especially for those undergoing chemo and suffering from motion sickness.
- Lavender oil relieves migraine and headaches and gives good sleep.
- Eucalyptus oil helps clear respiratory issues and soothes sore muscles. Citrus oil helps regulate hormone levels and acts as an antidepressant.
- Rosemary oil can treat alopecia stimulating hair growth.
Frankincense can relieve muscle cramps, improve brain health and be anti-aging.