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How Essential Oils Work for Your Body

How Essential Oils Work for You

Essential oils can affect psychological and physiological changes. The potential of these precious aromas are amazing. The ability to smell provides pleasurable sensations, evokes memories of the past, and provides us with protective mechanisms for the body. Think of the many ways our sense of smell affects our lives.

Essential oils work in two ways: through body chemistry and the nervous system.

1. Our Body Chemistry

When essential oils are absorbed through the skin, they are working directly through our body chemistry affecting systems of the body. Each plant extract has chemical properties that are distinctive such as anti-inflammatory or cell rejuvenation.  Tiny molecules of essential oils are easily absorbed by the membranes of the lungs and through skin pores and hair follicles.  The chemical constituents/properties of the oils are carried in the bloodstream to all areas of the body. Essential oils bring on gentle physiological change.

  • Skin and Body Care. True aromatherapy uses only the purest of essential oils and other natural ingredients. Aromatherapy skin and body care is one of the most effective forms of body care. Your Body Needs... creates products which contain pure essential oils and 100% pure carrier base oils such as almond, jojoba, and rosehip. We do not use mineral oil. Essential oils also allow you to create your own personal skin care and body products.
  • Minor Ailments. Specific essential oils contain therapeutic properties which help tremendously with some pain relief or general uses around the house. Certain essential oils are great for respiratory problems, sore throats, muscle aches, cuts/wounds, headaches, or insect bites. Many essential oils contain antiseptic qualities which make them extremely useful around the house.
  •  General Well-being. People use essential oils most often to relieve stress or help calm their nervous system. The use of essential oils for emotional well-being is incredibly popular. Essential oils are invaluable to those who are going through mental, emotional, or physical stress or who need to be energized.
2. The Nervous System

Essential oils can have a healing effect both mentally and emotionally. The psychological benefits are usually obtained when essential oils are inhaled. Our sense of smell is governed by the olfactory organ at the top of our nose. Tiny cilia and receptor cells have direct access to the brain. The aroma sends an immediate signal to the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system is the center of memory and emotion. The oils can exert a powerful effect on mind, mood, and emotions.

Fragrance Your Home, Room or Office. One of the tremendous plusses for using essential oils is that they create natural and delightful aromas. If you used essential oils for no other reason than to replace those garish synthetic smelling candles, potpourris, and fragrances then you are doing the right thing. Essential oils are natural, pure, and unadulterated. Store-bought fragrances simulate a particular aroma and are usually made from chemicals.

Purchasing only essential oils to fragrance a room is a smart and healthy choice. Not only are you assured of wonderful fragrances which you can personally choose from a large selection, but you will also receive therapeutic benefits! There is no need to burn fake candles in your home. Often those who have complained about the sensitivity to fragrances are unwittingly reacting to the synthetic chemicals as a result of burning them into the air.

How do you fragrance a room or office? You can add fragrance by simply diffusing essential oils into the air. There are several types of diffusers available at Your Body Needs... The most common ones are:
  • Tea light diffusers: With a tea light candle, you gently heat the essential oil to promote  diffusion into a room. A candle diffuser is usually ceramic or metal. The diffuser has an opening or space for an unscented candle and a little bowl or tray for storing a tiny quantity of essential oil. Candle diffusers come in many shapes and colors, from the modest functional piece to the piece that acts both as a work of art and as a candle diffuser. (Click here to view tealights.)
  •  Nebulizers: Modern nebulizers are wonderful. The do not need tea lights to work and the newer versions shut off automatically. Nebulizers fill larger rooms more adequately.  (Click here to view nebulizers)