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Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
The use of essential oils (extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods, and roots) in body and skin care treatments is known as aromatherapy. Used as a healing technique for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, essential oils aid in relaxation, improve circulation, and help the healing of wounds. Aromatherapy diffusers are utilized to fill the massage room with the scent of the oils. Specific essential oils are blended by the aromatherapist and added to a carrier oil, such as almond oil, to be used during the massage. Each oil has its own unique characteristics and benefits. Use of this technique declined as the modern pharmaceutical industry developed. However, the French chemist Gattefossé revived the art by coining the term aromatherapy and by publishing a book on the subject in 1928. Young Living Essential Oils - How Concentrated Oils Are; For each 15ml bottle it takes: 75 lemons; 27 square feet of lavender plants; 1 pound of peppermint material.

Using Essential Oils
There are basically three different therapeutic treatment methods for using essential oils: English, French, and German. The English method uses essential oils added to massage oils or lotions and are then massaged into the body, for the purpose of relaxation, relieving stress and/or therapeutic skin care. The French method uses neat (undiluted) essential oils either applied topically or ingested (traditionally a few drops of pure essential oils added to agave nectar, honey, a small amount of vegetable oil or put on a piece of bread for ingestion). Many French practitioners have found excellent benefits from taking the oils internally.*  The German method uses the inhalation of essential oils, typically through an aerial diffuser or inhaled directly. Diffusion or direct inhalation can be used for aerial disinfection, environmental fragrancing, respiratory disinfection, decongestion, expectoration, as well as other physical and/or psychological effects.

How Essential Oils Work
Some treatment methods are more effective over others, depending on the oil used and goal or result to be achieved. The olfactory system senses external stimulus (i.e. essential oil scents) and generates electrical impulses transmitted to the olfactory bulb in the brain and then to the central nervous system where these signals are integrated and processed. The limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control involuntary body processes (such as heart rate, stress levels, and hormone balance), therefore essential oils can effect the body on both physiological and psychological levels.

Young Living Essential Oils
Young Living uses the highest quality essential oils to improve every aspect of day-to-day life. Through careful attention to detail, the exclusive Seed to Seal® process ensures the highest quality products possible.

Seed to Seal® 5-Step Process

  1. Seed: Through research, field study, on-site certification, and university partnerships, Young Living uses only the highest quality botanicals to plant, cultivate, and harvest
  2. Cultivate: Uses extensive knowledge and strict quality standards to cultivate crops on Young Living's own farms for peak potency, and collaborates with co-op farms to ensure the same standards and expertise are used
  3. Distill:  Uses proprietary essential oil extraction methods, including careful steam distillation, ensure that every beneficial compound remains uncompromised
  4. Test:  Rigorous quality testing and third-party audits verify that Young Living purity and potency standards are met and surpassed
  5. Seal:  Each bottle is carefully sealed at state-of-the-art facilities in protective amber glass, using cutting-edge equipment to ensure the quality of every essential oil

 

Young Living Essential Oils - Independent DistributorH. Renee Kelley, Young Living Independent Distributor, Member # 1916471
Please contact me if interested in purchasing Young Living Essential Oils for your personal use or if interested in becoming a Young Living distributor.

*Always check individual label directions and/or consult manufacturer before use. Qualified health professionals may offer additional guidance and should be contacted for serious health conditions. Always inform your primary care physician of what your are using as some products may not be conducive with your current prescribed therapy and/or medications. Print off information on YL's Seed to Seal guarantee to show your physician the difference between the average essential oil and Young Living brand quality.

I do not diagnose, treat, or prescribe any medical treatment or advice. Always discuss treatment of medical conditions with your medical practitioner before using any alternative therapies, natural supplements, or vitamins.

All information, content, and any product descriptions provided are not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. 

Sources: 
Essential Oils Pocket Reference 5th Edition, Life Science Publishing © May 2011 www.LifeSciencePublishers.com 

Young Living http://www.seedtoseal.com/en/seedtoseal 

YL Lemon EO http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/essential-oils/singles/lemon-essential-oil
YL Lavender EO http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/essential-oils/singles/lavender-essential-oil 
YL Peppermint EO http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/essential-oils/singles/peppermint-essential-oil

 

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