Young Living Essential Oils
what are essential oils?
essential oils, known as nature’s living energy, are the natural, aromaticvolatile liquids found in shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. the distinctive components in essential oils defend plants against insects, environmental conditions, and disease. they
are also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. essential oils are extracted from aromatic plant sources via steam distillation, and are highly concentrated and far more potent than dry herbs.
while essential oils often have a pleasant aroma, their chemical makeup is complex and their benefits vast—which makes them much more than something that simply smells good.
nature’s medicine versus synthetic chemicals:
many of the prescription and over-the-counter medications many of us take on a daily basis are nothing more than constituents extracted from plants and/or synthesized in laboratories. yes, scientists take plants, pull out active components from them, and then slap on a brand name to sell it under the guise of something different than a tree in our backyards. in fact, approximately 30% of all medicines have a plant origin. this number increases to 60% if you consider all those medicines that at one time were derived from plants but then more recently have been manufactured in labs.
but then again, why should we care? sounds like we are being given “what works” and getting rid of the rest! unfortunately, however, when it comes to nature’s medicine, the part (when separated from its counterparts) is not greater than the whole. for example, aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid, is a derivative of salicylic acid that is a mild, non-narcotic analgesic useful in the relief of headache and muscle and joint aches. still, a common complaint with this widespread, over-the-counter drug are the effects it has on the digestive system and it’s harsh nature sometimes leading to ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding. however, in nature, this “problem” is often alleviated by the mere composition of plants themselves. salicylates – with their pain relieving effects – can be found in a variety of plants. however, this acid is usually found in combination with other properties that would naturally counteract any adverse affects a component of the plant would have. wintergreen oil, for example, has tremendous analgesic and pain relieving properties, without all of the harsh side effects of aspirin or other synthesized “medicines.”