Essential oils have been in use for centuries. Fortunately for us, their benefits and healing qualities have become more widespread and documented in recent years. Simple blends of pure oils are often more effective than over- the- counter and even prescription medications- without the adverse side effects.
Essential oils are made from naturally formed chemicals produced by plants, usually as defense systems. What makes oils work so well? In part, it is how quickly they are assimilated. There are two ways oils enter the body, through the skin or through the olfactory lobes. The skin is the body’s largest organ. The molecular structure of oil is so small it can quickly penetrate skin and enter the bloodstream. This bypasses the digestive system and metabolism via the liver. Once a scent is received through the nose, a chemical message is sent to the limbic system. This is the oldest part of the brain which sends messages to the central nervous system and the glands that control body functions.
Summer is here and so is the sun! It’s good to get outside and reap the sun’s benefits (within reason) and the fresh air. Remember though, to protect yourself from too much of those golden rays. Whenever you’re in the sun rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin with the blend of oils below.
Lavender: helps to regenerate tissue, cleanses skin, relieves muscle aches and pains and soothes and relaxes the mind and body.
Patchouli: cools the skin and aids in regeneration, grounding, infection fighting and rehydrating. Often used for acne, eczema and ulcers.
Chamomile: highly effective on skin inflammation, sprains, strains and stress.
Tea Tree: used mostly for its antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral qualities. This oil should never be orally ingested.
Frankincense: effective with sores, scars and skin inflammation. It is said to rejuvenate aging skin. Always use with a carrier oil.
Custom blends using the above oils are now available at Holistic Health Cleveland!