I went into essential oils blindly. I have always been a fan of scents, loved to shop in Bath & Body Works, could spend hours smelling the candles in Home Goods, so I thought the oils would make me happy the way I felt when shopping for hand soaps and candles. I really wasn’t expecting anything else. I LOVE surprises, it’s a great thrill for me, so when I began experimenting with essential oils for medicinal purposes I was definitely surprised and became very enthusiastic about them…obviously, ha! However, I still wasn’t convinced they were really “working,” so I started to investigate, like I usually do. I get it, I’m a skeptic too, I want proof, and not just from one source. I tell my kids (and students), “If you haven’t read it from at least 3 different reputable sources, then don’t believe it!” It’s the librarian in me. Anyway, as I read blogs, articles, and a book by an unbiased author, I began to see that this wasn’t a fluke. I began putting the pieces together.
Essential oils can treat conditions and alter your mood, just like the medicines you have in your medicine cabinet. How? Well, those medicines in your cabinet are imitating a plant’s chemical make-up, except made artificially. Creating the effects of plants, artificially, and mass-producing them, has become much cheaper than using the natural version of the plants scientists are trying to mimic. Easier is cheaper in this case. We have gotten away from treating our conditions the natural way. The distillation process to derive oils from these plants can sometimes be very difficult and also pricey, so of course, other alternatives were found. Take plastic for instance, everything used to be made of glass, then plastic was invented in a laboratory and everything that was bottled became plastic because it was faster and cheaper to produce. The same thing happened with remedies or medicines. Remember, many years ago, the place to go to treat conditions was the apothecary. Essential oils are like the concoctions that were used in the apothecary, only more potent because essential oils are the concentrated form of the plant, extracted through the process of distillation. For many different reasons, Americans have moved away from treating illnesses with plants like we used to.
It wasn’t just one moment that convinced our culture to believe that treating conditions with plants was hokey. There was a point it was seen as ungodly, being used for healing as well as with prayer and rituals, with Native Americans, for example. I knew there had to be some truth to the uses of essential oils because of the long history of plant-based remedies in so many different cultures. So, with much investigation, I came to find that the essential oils community is BIG, and it’s REAL! If you’ve read some of my other articles you’ll know that I have used essential oils to treat many different ailments and they have worked 100% of the time, no really! So, as I read more and more about what oils will treat what ailments, and found that they were working for me, I wanted to know WHY they were working? There’s the librarian in me again. So, after reading countless blogs, a book, the Young Living website, and even the “other” essential oil company websites (he-he), I came to understand a little more about the molecules that are abundant in these oils and how those chemicals interact with the cells in our bodies.
This is not going to turn into a chemistry class, oh no, I did my time in high school. My chemistry teacher asked my mom at a parent-teacher conference if I was alright because I looked tired in class. I wanted to tell her, “I’m tired because it takes every ounce of my brain to work through your chemical equations!” I won’t torture you, dear reader, with my layman’s attempt at an explanation, but there will be a few links at the bottom for you to do your own research. I hope I have planted the seed of curiosity for you to investigate further and find out for yourself just why these essential oils are so effective, and I hope you’ll take the leap to join me on my quest for wellness through using them.
If you have any questions about any of the oils, please contact me, and I will try my best to find an answer or at least point you in the right direction. Or, if you have any stories about how essential oils have helped YOU, please comment below, I’d love to hear!
The Oil Academy – This is a wonderful website that guides you through the chemistry of essential oils in a way that’s easy to understand.
Essence of Arcadia – This company breaks down the different types of molecules found in essential oils.
doTERRA Chemistry Class – Although this is Young Living’s top competitor and my oily friends would frown upon me directing you to their site, I really think they’ve done a nice job of going into the chemistry of essential oils. However, if you need a reminder of why you should choose Young Living essential oils instead, click here.
NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information)/U.S. National Library of Medicine – This website has scientific reports of the uses of pharmaceutical medicines and essential oils. Use the top search bar to search specific oils (ex: clary sage, patchouli) and there are a number of recorded studies and articles about many essential oils.
If, after all that research, you decide you would like to try some oils, please contact me. You can buy a complete kit, or just an oil or two to test it out for yourself! Here is the Young Living virtual catalog. I will be happy to give you wholesale prices under my account!