What are essential oils

Essential oils

How plant medicine enriches our wellbeing

Essential oils are the essence of a plant, situated in tiny organic molecules. Those natural compounds can be found in roots, seeds, flowers, bark and are highly potent. The oils protect the plants form environmental threats, to heal from infection and physical injury, warding off predators and to assist with pollination. Essential oils are the immune system of a plant.  

A pure oil is 50 – 70 % more powerful than herbs. One drop of peppermint oil is the equivalent of 28 cups of peppermint tea. 

Plant extracts and plant-based products have been used by ancient civilization across the globe dating back to about 3.500 BC. The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greek as well as the Chinese and Indians used the oils in cosmetics, food preparations as well as for medical purposes.  

Essential oils support a holistic approach to wellbeing. They balance body and mind. Amongst many other things they can be used to: 

  • Reduce emotional stress and anxiety 
  • Strengthen the immune system 
  • Help with good sleep 
  • Boost your energy levels 
  • Promote healthy skin and hair 
  • Support your digestion 
  • Release headaches and migraine 
  • Balance your hormones  
  • Cleanse and purify the air 
  • Create natural cleaning products for homes 

How essential oils work

The chemicals of the plant compounds interact with your body in several ways. Plant cells and animal cells have almost the same composition, which is why they balance each other, and a homeostasis can take place. We are both parts of nature, hence a synergy can take place easily. 

Each essential oil is made up of more that 100 chemical compounds, offering many diverse therapeutic benefits. Each person will react a little different as we ourselves are as individual as every single plant. 

The natural approach of working with essential oils addresses the body’s need and root causes. On comparison to synthetic solutions, plant extracts enhance physical and emotional wellbeing on a cellular level.  

Nature itself is the best physician.
– Hippocrates

Essential oils and emotions

Additionally, to the physical wellbeing, essential oils have a strong benefit on emotions. Emotions come in response to what we smell, see, feel and hear or to memories and have an effect on our future thoughts and behaviour. 

Within 2 seconds once smelled, essential oils reach the limbic system where emotions, memories and the subconscious are stored.  The hypothalamus and pituitary gland are stimulated to produce neurochemicals and hormones that balance and regulate various systems within the body, such as the brain, the endocrine, the immune, and nervous system.  

Essential oils influence both the mind and the body, which are closely interconnected. Research has now scientifically proven that essential oils can change mood, behaviour and productivity, and have determined which neurotransmitters are released to cause this effect. 

The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent illness or injury. This information does not replace a visit at the doctors. All information relates only to the quality of the doTERRA products described here. The use of essential oils is always your own responsibility.