Essential oils? I’m sure you’ve heard about them. I mean, who hasn’t by this point?
They’re the next biggest thing, and apparently a top wellness trend predicted for the year! Woohoo!!
I’ve been familiar with oils for a few years, but it was only a few months ago that I really began to get into the regular use of oils for our family’s needs.
I LOVE THEM!!!
Why Essential Oils Have Me All Kinds of Excited!
You see, I am by nature fairly science-minded. I love understanding the science behind how things work, especially because it really takes me to a complete place of awe and wonder over our amazing Creator and the wonder of His creation!
I mean, COME ON! Creation is AMAZING!!!
I’ve been fascinated by many things for years now: the female anatomy and its AMAZING ability to carry a baby and bring it into the world. That’s some fascinating stuff!
Food and nutrition, and its harmonious inter-working with the human body in order to provide nourishment for longevity, vitality, and health! SO COOL!
The mind, and how our thoughts can drastically effect both our outlook on life and where we will go, but also the mechanisms within our bodies and our hormones which in turn effect our health. It’s soooo fascinating!
So, for me, oils are just another amazing study of God’s wonderful creation and all that He built into our world for our benefit and blessing! YES. PLEASE!
Why am I excited about them? Well, I still have SO much to learn about the science of essential oils, but here are the tidbits of exciting and thrilling information that I have just begun to uncover the tip of the iceberg:
Essential Oils Can Safely Help a Serious Variety of Health Issues
In our household we have only begun to touch the surface of using oils to support the health needs that we have. I am so encouraged by my studies that oils will really be such a blessing to help our bodies realign and get back into working order.
Essential oils can be used for skin burns, colds, rashes, tummy troubles, sleep disturbances, anxiety, periods of sadness, feelings of frustration, mental fog, helping to cleanse the bodily systems, supporting the body to reduce inflammation, and SO much more!
Essential Oils Can Enter the Body through Various Means
Most of our nutritional or health-focused supplements must travel through the digestive system in order to enter into the body. As most of us know at this point, sadly, for many of us, our digestive systems are highly compromised and not really in a great state for optimal absorption.
This is where essential oils shine! Essential oils can bypass the digestive system altogether by being diffused into the air and breathed in through the nose, which then enters the olfactory system and enters the bloodstream.
They can also be applied topically to the skin either neat or with a carrier oil (depending on the stipulations of the essential oil), where they are quickly absorbed through to lipid layer under the skin and enter the blood stream.
Essential Oils Work by Frequency and Vibrations (WHAT?!)
This is probably one of the things about oils that tends to freak people out. Sadly, the verbiage of “frequency” and “energy” has been confiscated by a certain leg of thinking, but there is nothing inherently wrong with the information when it is viewed in the proper light.
So, yes, we’re going there…but only touching the surface for now.
First, if you have not ever looked into or studied quantum physics or physics, this stuff might really go over your head, but basically there is plenty of scientific research that shows that everything in our entire universe vibrates and has a frequency to it, including the different organs of our bodies, plants, etc.
These are measurable frequencies that can be shown through scientific devices and procedures.
What I find the most fascinating about this is that there is a theory in physics, called String Theory, which theorizes that strings are the basic fabric of ALL matter, and they vibrate in order to create the matter (very, very simplified explanation).
When I first heard about String Theory, my mind went, “AND GOD SAID…” and then BOOM, CREATION! BLEW. MY. MIND! And, this was a good 5 years before I had even ever heard about essential oils.
And, what do we call the measurable waves from sound or light? Energy…. So, let’s go ahead and wash ourselves from the dirtying of these words like they are inherently some weird science or godless belief system. We’re just using the accurate scientific jargon to explain the phenomenon of such unfathomable pieces of the fabric within creation.
Now, this is not completely new information to our family, as homeopathy works in a very similar way with the body, we have been using homeopathy for over three years in treating our son’s OMS (see more about his story here), and we have seen the amazing results of it on his body. Is it therefore inherently voodoo pagan craziness? Um, no.
This is just simply yet another amazing piece of God’s wonderful creation that He put into place to help us to heal and stay healthy. WOW!
Essential Oils Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier
In order for something to successfully achieve this amazing attribute, it needs to be incredibly teeny tiny…beyond microscopic. The Lord put in some incredible protection for the brain to ensure that we could stay alive and survive. Not many things can access the brain, but essential oils are one of them.
Why is this important? I don’t know if you have been noticing, but we seem to have an epidemic of nervous system disorders occurring in our country.
Essential oils offer an amazing opportunity to help support the body in getting back into balance by affecting the nervous system, which in turn affects our other bodily systems.
This is definitely a total praise and word of caution regarding oils. When I see this fact, it drives it ever more into my being that the quality of oil matters, so be sure to do your due diligence in researching the methods and procedures of whatever oil company from which you purchase.
Research, research, research.
A word of caution: There are different recommendations of dosages from babies to adults, so do your research to find out the correct dosage amounts for babies/infants/children to adults.
Some additional information to lookup includes the LD50 (lethal dosages) for essential oils, which is very helpful to understand the more caution-worthy oils and how to best utilize them for various ages, and essential oils to avoid/safely use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Remember, RESEARCH. This is NOT to scare you…I am just a fan of being an informed user of all things, and when it comes to our health, we must be informed and not scared into compliance. Knowledge is a good thing.
This is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Essential oils are so exciting and amazing, but they are still something that need to be researched and understood before just jumping into using without caution or concern. Poor quality essential oils can contain some serious toxins and chemicals, and therefore should not be treated the same at all as pure therapeutic grade oils.
There is also wisdom in using the right oil for the right need, and then the right dosage and method of application to the body for the need. This takes some investigation and study, but I can assure you that there are plenty of answers to the questions. I am sure I will be diving into these topics in time to come!
For now, I hope I have whet your palate and piqued your interest on the amazing blessing we have with essential oils! Happy oiling!