The Healthy Benefits of Essential Oils

By Linda Hoff

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. They are very clean, almost crisp to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.

Try this at home: Squeeze the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue on your hand is full of essential oils.

In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends towards more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as a single oil or in complex blends depending on the desired benefit. Essential oils can be used in one of three ways: diffused aromatically, applied to the skin topically or taken internally.

Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically. Application of essential oils can have immediate, localized benefits to the target area of application. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used effectively with massage and beauty therapy. The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the blood stream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.

A wonderful way to experience essential oils for yourself is to try the AromaTouch(R) Technique. This is a clinical approach to applying essential oils along the energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back and feet to help balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body. The AromaTouch(R) Technique improves well-being by reducing physical and emotional stressors and by supporting healthy autonomic function. The technique is simple and intuitive and provides for an unparalleled grounding experience.

Using essential oils can be both profoundly simple and life changing at the same time. Working with someone who has used essential oils before will help first-time users have a more beneficial and enjoyable experience. Consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor’s care.

Contact Linda Hoff at email: Linda@healthybeautysolutions.com for more information about the use of essential oils. Healthy Beauty Solutions, 8780 Big Bend Blvd, Suite B, Webster Groves, MO 63119 – 314-803-0784.