Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. They are the most powerful part of the plants around us. They are distilled from shrubs, flowers, bushes, trees, rinds, fruit, herbs and resins.
Each plant is composed of hundreds of constituents, giving each essential oils its own unique properties. Therefore, the distillation process is very important, and must be done carefully, so that all of the varied constituents in each plant are naturally preserved and the full properties of the plant are intact.
Essential oils are much like blood in humans in that they help to regulate the various functions of the plant and promote overall health of the plant. Just like the blood helps to oxygenate, regulate and heal our bodies, essential oils do the same for the plant they are sourced from. In humans, essential oils can provide support for every system in the body; your skeletal system, your muscular system, your respiratory system and immune system and so much more.
Essential oils have been making waves in recent years with their increasing use and popularity. However, they are not a fashionable new trend or a health innovation either. They have been used throughout history in different ways and in different societies the world over. They were first mentioned by name in the biblical book of Genesis, Chapter 37, when Joseph was sold to the slave traders. They carried spices, balm and Myrrh. Oils are mentioned 1100 times directly and indirectly in Scripture. They were even used with Christ! Jesus was given Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Essential oils have also been used by the Babylonians. They placed orders for Cedarwood, Myrrh and Cyprus. The Egyptians used essential oils for beauty and embalming and they have the oldest recorded deodorant recipe made with essential oils. Pakistan and Rome used essential oils in the communal bath houses. Essential oils were also used by Medieval Europeans, many of whom brought back oils during the Crusades.
But how do they work?
Essential oils function much like hormones in humans. They regulate a plant’s function, protect the plant from bacteria and parasites and circulate through plants carrying nutrients and transporting waste and toxins out. A plants essential oils assist in the plants healing process when it is wounded and helps protect the plant from outside threats such as sun damage and dehydration.
When people and animals use essential oils, we can claim many of these same benefits. Essential oils are a lipid fat, just like the outside of the cells in our bodies. This means the essential oils are able to pass through the cell wall. They can transport oxygen and vital nutrition into the cell and cleanse cells of toxins, petrochemicals, and heavy metals.