How Essential Oils Work

Aromatherapy has become a very popular term used to describe scented products ranging from candles to bath products. When you read the ingredients in your favorite skin care or body care products you will often see essential oils listed on the ingredient list.  These oils are not just created for their pleasant aromas. They can also be used to affect the well-being and health of your entire body and household.

There are two ways for essential oils to enter the body: Topically when applied to the skin and by  inhalation through the nose and/or mouth.  Essential oils are distilled from plant materials (the process of extraction of essential oils).  After distillation the molecules are in their lightest and most gaseous forms making them easy to inhale through the nose or mouth. These gaseous and airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs which affect the brain. In the brain the essential oils enter the limbic system which controls our emotions, heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. This is how aromatherapy is able to affect so many different systems within the body.

An application can be as simple as using a diffuser or inhaling a scented candle.  Massage is a common way to experience a topical application of essential oils. Our skin is permeable to these tiny scent molecules. The natural chemicals in essential oils are absorbed just like the chemicals found in a nicotine patch or a medicated cream for joint pain. Massage is a fantastic delivery system as it increases circulation. Any increase in circulation will increase the absorption, and allow these molecules to pass directly into the bloodstream.

Using the right oils throughout the day can truly create changes in quality of life.  Go ahead! Sit and smell the roses and discover a new path to wellness.

Amanda Crocker, RMT

Certified Aromatherapist: Earth Heart Aromas

Willow Esthetics Boutique

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