If you have enjoyed the perfume of a rose, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These natural, aromatic compounds are extracted from seeds, flowers, bark, rind, and plant leaves and distilled for a variety of health benefits. They work quickly and effectively, working with the body to address root causes of issues on a cellular level.
Because essential oils are available in hundreds of different compounds, they provide for a complex and versatile method to combat threats without building up resistance. These simple-to-use miracles have been used for thousands of years and have hundreds of benefits, from cosmetic purposes to spiritual and emotional uplifting.
Essential oils are extracted through a careful steam distillation and through cold pressing. In pure form, they are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they are extracted. Any time you hold a bottle, you are holding the purest essence of health-promoting botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, or taken internally. Check out some of our favorite uses below!
The complex scents within each bottle of essential oil work by activating the limbic system, the brain’s center of emotion and memory. Some essential oils can be a key to a more fulfilling, balanced emotional life because of these brain triggers. Try patchouli or peppermint to put the pep back into your step!
In today’s modern lifestyles, poor diet, lack of exercise, and an abundance of environmental toxins can leave the body unbalanced and deplete energy levels. Essential oils can provide the targeted solutions that are crucial for balance to be restored. Try ginger to reduce nausea, or eucalyptus to stop sniffles.
Believe it or not, cleaning your home does not require filling it with harsh chemical formulas! With essential oils, you can enjoy peace of mind without compromise. Lemon and lavender essential oils are often used for cleaning purposes.
Your beauty routine does not call for harsh chemicals that deplete you of your natural glow. Essential oils are an ancient skin care secret that promote clear complexions, soften the appearance of signs of aging, and even make locks of hair extra luscious. Top skincare essential oils include carrot seed oil, frankincense, tea tree oil, and myrrh.
Religious and spiritual ceremonies have always embraced plant-based essential oils, helping us to transcend the trivial and connect with something larger than ourselves. Even the Bible references aromatics, incsense, and ointments over 200 times! Research shows that the pure constituents in essential oils stimulate olfactory receptors, activating regions in the brain associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. To use as an enhancement of your spiritual practice, dilute oils and apply meditatively, placing directly onto wrists, feet, and behind the ears. You can also diffuse them in a quiet space for meditative purposes. Popular essential oils and blends for spiritual focus include Frankincense, Cedarwood, and Eucalyptus.
In addition to essential oils, CBD or hemp extract oil can have positive health benefits. There are quite a few science-backed benefits of hemp extract/CBD, including mood boosting, physical health boosting and skin refining! Living Health and Wellness offers hemp extract products made with the highest quality, pure, full spectrum hemp extract, available on Amazon.
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