Pure Therapeutic grade essential oils have various properties such as: antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial. They have an effect on our body and mind. These oils have the ability to enter the blood stream in two ways: Through massage and through inhalation. For massage, we need an aromatherapist to blend the perfect mix of oils together for any specific issue we present with. When the essential oil is mixed with the carrier oil (for example: Grape seed or Sweet Almond) the molecular structure of the essential oil is broken down, enabling them to penetrate the skin.
Inhalation also allows the oils to penetrate the body and works in two ways:
- Through the olfactory nerve into the limbic system (Through the nose to the brain).
The vapour is inhaled through the nose where it is absorbed by the olfactory nerves. We understand that absorption through the olfactory receptor cells (sense of smell) allows the aromatic molecules to lock into receptor cells, causing a message of recognition to be sent through to the brain.
- Through the respiratory system into the circulatory system (Through the lungs into the blood).
As the aroma of the oils is inhaled, the tiny molecules are drawn into the lungs and are then diffused into the bloodstream which then sends them throughout the body.
This has been just a very simple explanation of how essential oils get into our body to help support us in our walk through this life.
In Part 2 we will look at the various ways the essential oils can be diffused to bring us the most benefit.
In Part 3 we will look at Pure essential vs Natural oils and Synthetic oils