Aromatherapy is the application of essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Oils may be applied to both humans and animals. They may be applied to maintain existing health, promoting wellness and optimal well-being physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
An essential oil is an aromatic, volatile liquid that is within many shrubs, flowers, trees, bushes, roots, and seeds, and that is usually extracted through steam distillation. The essential oils are extracts from the plant fluids that maintain plant life. The fluids and resins move through the plant’s circulatory system in the leaves, stems, roots and flowers carrying nutrition to the plants cells and carrying waste products out, just as human blood functions in the body. Because essential oils are composed of the tiniest of organic molecules they can pass through cell walls and membranes delivering therapeutic benefits, not only to the plants that create them, but to people as well.
The oils are concentrated. One drop of peppermint oil is like 30 cups of peppermint tea.
SYNTHETIC vs. THERAPEUTIC GRADE
Synthetic or nature-identical oils (created in a laboratory) Commonplace in the market and can be created cheaply and then sold in places like health food stores drug stores, novelty, stores, tourist shops and are sold for a low price.
They have no therapeutic efficacy and may even be harmful. For instance, fragrance-grade lavender may have a harmful effect, rather than a healing effect on newly burned skin. Synthetic essential oils may cause skin irritation, sore throat, headaches, or emotional irritation. For this reason, Mary Beth uses only therapeutic grade essential oils in her massage and energy work.
Young Living Products
Young Living is proud to set the standard for essential oil purity and authenticity by carefully monitoring the production of oils through their unique Seed to Seal® process. From the time the seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle, they apply the most rigorous quality controls possible to ensure that you are receiving essential oils exactly the way nature intended.
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