Essential oils are not in essence crucial for health. Being ‘essential’ actually means that the oil contains the ‘essence of’ a plant’s fragrance, which is the distinctive characteristic of the plant from which it is derived.
Do essential oils work in the body?
These oils do work in the body. They affect our bodies psychologically and physiologically. The aroma evokes memorable moments in the past, provides our bodies with protective mechanisms, and results in pleasurable sensations.
The oils work in two ways:
1. The Body Chemistry
The oils work via our body chemistry when they are absorbed via the skin. Every plant extract has particular chemical properties, for instance, anti-inflammatory or cell rejuvenation. Tiny essential oil molecules are absorbed by lung membranes via the skin pores and hair follicles. The chemical constituents are also carried by the bloodstream to all parts of the body. When these oils work via body chemistry, they aid in:
— Skin and body care
–Treatment of minor ailments
Some essential oils have therapeutic characteristics. These help in relieving pain and aid in respiratory problems, muscle aches, headaches, insect bites, sore throats, as well as cuts or wounds. Some have antiseptic characteristics making them useful at home.
— General well being
They help relieve stress, calm your nervous system and re-energize the body.
2. The Nervous System
Essential oils have a healing effect emotionally as well as mentally, especially when inhaled. The olfactory organ at the top of the nose governs our sense of smell. The receptor cells have access to the brain. The fragrance in the oil is sent via a signal to the limbic system in the brain which is the center of emotion and memory. This elevates mood, and emotions. The best way for your nervous system to benefit from the sweet fragrance is to use the oils in your room, office, or home instead of the garish synthetic candles. You will receive therapeutic benefits in addition to enjoying the wonderful fragrances.
How to fragrance your room, office, or home
The easiest way is to diffuse essential oils into the air. Some common types of diffusers include:
— Tea Light Diffusers
Gently heat a tea light candle to aid diffusion. The candle diffuser is usually metallic or ceramic. It has some space for an unscented candle and a small tray for storing a little oil
They do not need tea lights to work, and some newer versions shut off automatically. They fill larger rooms more adequately.
As we can see, essential oils either work via body chemistry or the nervous system to alleviat