Essential Oils for The Wellbeing of People and Our Planet
Plants have been closely linked to the well-being of people for millennia, playing an essential role in Earth’s ecological balance and in the healing of those who call it home.
For thousands of years, civilizations have been condensing and concentrating aromatic plants and trees for human use. The result of this distilling process creates Essential Oils, and it often requires an entireplant (or multiple plants) to produce just a single drop of oil.
When correctly extracted and prepared, Essential Oils have antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-fungal properties and just one drop contains anywhere from 80-300 different chemical constituents.
Essential oils vibrate at extremely high frequencies (see chart below), and while their use for healing therapy is becoming increasingly common today, they have a history that’s as old as Earth:
The earliest documented evidence of the use of Essential Oils for healing comes from Ancient China where Frankincense among other oils were used in spiritual and medical practices as early as 1500 BC. Elsewhere, in Ancient Egypt, Essential Oils were used in temples, and in medicine, rituals, and mummification. Ancient Greeks and Romans used them to improve their steam baths (it’s even said that Napoleon ordered bottles of Neroli water by the hundreds!), and rosemary, lavender and fennel oil were used to give troops an edge in ancient wars to help with wound healing, sleeping, and digestive orders respectively.
When the Black Plague spread through Europe in 1413, thieves ransacked pharmacies and homes to steal medicines made from essential oils of thyme, rosemary, myrrh and eucalyptus, all of which were highly valued during that time period. (Our Protect Me Spray is inspired by this exactly!)
Today, thanks to modern technology, we can now discover what humans have known for over 4,000 years: that plants include potent chemical compounds which have unique therapeutic and restorative effects on human bodies.
These oils are so compatible with and so readily accepted by our bodies due to their chemical structure, which is comparable to that of human cells and tissues.
Essential Oils share a number of traits with human blood in that both are antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal, and they promote tissue regeneration.
Though topical application and inhalation are the most popular and efficient methods for benefiting from Essential oils, they interact with the human body a number of ways.
When Essential Oils are applied topically to our largest organ, our skin, their chemical components are absorbed like a sponge into our bloodstream and carried throughout the body by our circulation system within minutes.
Beyond applying to the skin, simply inhaling aromas of Essential Oils can help your mind and body relax, thanks to our sense of smell, which is the only of our five sensory systems that connects directly from the organ (in this case, the nose) to the part of the brain where the sensation is processed. When we breathe in the aromas from EOs, our amygdala becomes activated (the memory centre that stores and releases emotional trauma), as well as our limbic system (the emotional force of the brain) which directly connects to those areas of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory stress levels, and hormone balance.
Furthermore, using Essential Oils can stimulate the production of hormones from the hypothalamus, balancing male and female sex hormones, increasing thyroid and growth hormones, and reducing appetite.
The advantages of these oils extend beyond the body: Essential Oils have been shown to increase atmospheric oxygen, create natural ozone, and produce negative ions, all of which aid in the purification of air, the neutralization of smells, and the breakdown of harmful chemicals.
Some Common Essential Oils and Their Therapeutic Effects
Each oil is completely unique, in both its scent and aromatics, in its makeup, and in what it can specifically do to heal you. These infographics illustrate the proven benefits of just a selection of the Essential Oils we use in our products:
Essential Oils are paramount to maintaining wellness, naturally, which is why all of our products not only contain them, but are specifically created with their healing properties in mind!
Every Heelr recipe is carefully formulated by a team of Aromatherapy and colour experts using 100% pure, distilled oils of the same frequency to intensify and increase their desired effects.
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