Essential oils

More and more people are adopting a “clean living” lifestyle these days, replacing chemical-based products with those consisting of more natural ingredients. There is a growing popularity of these natural products, such as essential oils, and it’s important to understand fact vs. fiction when it comes to your overall health.

What are essential oils (Eos)?

Essential oils are the substances that make up the flower, such as petals, leaves, bark and even the aroma. Some plants yield different oils from different parts; the bitter orange tree, for example, yields neroli oil from its blossom, orange oil from its fruit peel, and petitgrain from its leaves and twigs. But other plants contain very little essential oil. These essences contain that living element, often referred to as the “soul” of the plant, which provides each plant with its own life force, its own energies and healing powers.

Essential oils and your body: a close relationship

They are comparable to human cells and tissues in regard to their chemical structure, which makes it easy for the body to identify and accept them. Due to their small molecular makeup, they can be processed by the body very quickly and penetrate membranes and diffuse through the body and tissues with ease. Many can produce more than one therapeutic effect in contrast to synthetic chemicals that usually have only one action and many side effects.

What’s the history of essential oils?

Essential oils have been around far longer than current pharmaceutical technology but fell out of popularity due to the development of antibiotics and other medications.

EOs have been used by many cultures around the world for centuries for different purposes according to each culture.

Ancient Egyptians have used aromatic oils as early as 4500 BC in cosmetics and ointments. They used to make a mixture of different sources of herbal preparations such as aniseed, cedar, onion, myrrh, and grapes in perfume or medicine. On the other hand, China and India listed more than 700 substances including cinnamon, ginger and sandalwood as being effective for healing. In addition, Greek history documented the use of different EOs for the first time between 500 and 400 BC, including thyme, saffron, marjoram, cumin, and peppermint.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, chemists documented the active components of medicinal plants and identified many substances such as caffeine, quinine, morphine, and atropine, which were considered to play an important role in their biological effects.

Are essential oils safe?

Natural medicines are not always free of side effects. Adverse effects are also reported with EOs.

Some EOs have minimal side effects, and can be used for a variety of health conditions by the health professionals team.

This post is an important part of the menu, however, this is just the starter! The next course will be on which Essential oils formulas are beneficial for our oral health…

Stay tuned! 😊

Just before bringing the curtain down…

Today’s song is in memory of the talented Raffaella Carra, who sadly passed away on the 5th of July, 2021 – The best way I can describe how it must feel to be a star like her in the late 90s – is standing in front of your mum’s mirror, dancing and singing your heart out along with this song!

Life it is meant to be a fiesta . 🎞✨✨✨✨

Not all who wonder are lost… we are just looking for coffee

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