With the growing popularity of essential oils, more and more myths and half-truths are formed around them. In this article, we will tell you what is reliably known about the properties of essential oils, and explain how to choose them correctly in stores.
Myths about the benefits of essential oils
For unscrupulous marketers, essential oils are the ideal product, as the smell of oils creates a pleasant sensation for most people. Recently, there have been many pseudo-teachings that preach that essential oils supposedly help with cardiovascular diseases, and aromatherapy "makes you feel happier."
The companies engaged in the production of essential oils are actively forming a healing image. Moreover, this situation occurs not only in Russia, where manufacturers are often not limited in the use of positive statements, but also in the United States, where the rules of the law are much stricter.
Before using essential oils for therapeutic purposes, it should be noted that all over the world there is no medically proven data on the medicinal benefits of plant extracts. In an article published by the Johns Hopkins Institute, it is said that the results of clinical trials have produced conflicting results. If you want to knoe the research results, read an article from the popular publication Healthline - there are links to research reports.
What is essential oil
Essential oil is not an oil at all, but a volatile hydrophobic liquid obtained from the stems, flowers and even the bark of plants. To extract this liquid, reliable manufacturers use either distillation (using steam) or cold pressing. In the production of low-quality oils, chemical reagents are used, which critically degrades the quality of the product.
The extract obtained as a result of processing is either kept in its pure form or mixed with base oils (coconut, jojoba, olive, etc.). The final composition is determined by the purpose for which the oil is produced. For example, cosmetic aromatic oils are mixtures.
The truth about the effects of essential oils
Like any herbal extract, essential oil contains a large number of chemical components, the mixture of which forms a unique scent. The molecules of chemicals affect the limbic system of the brain, which in turn is associated with both the sense of smell and the formation of emotions and emotional memory. This explains how the use of essential oils creates a soothing effect during massage or aromatherapy.
Due to the fact that the extract of each plant has a complex chemical formula, and the mechanism of influence of each component has not been studied in detail, it is difficult to generalize about the reaction of the organism under various influences.
The extracts are most commonly used in skin care and aromatherapy. However, in both cases, the individual intolerance of the organism should be taken into account as a general rule. For example, doctors do not recommend spraying peppermint oil in rooms with children under the age of three, because some children find it emotionally disturbing. Some extracts cause allergic reactions, which are typical for all plant products. Redness and itching of the skin is especially common when undiluted essential oil is applied.
So far, at the level of popular opinion, one can argue about such positive properties of various extracts:
Lavender helps to relax and relieve stress;
Peppermint has a tonic effect;
Bergamot helps to normalize the skin;
Roses improves the emotional state;
Lemon and other citrus fruits help to reduce headaches;
Jasmine improves mood.
Can essential oils be added to food?
By default, essential oils are not meant to be taken orally, even in small amounts. However, in the case where the manufacturer uses plants from proven plantations and does not use chemicals for extrusion in factories, then essential oils can be added to food. Keep in mind, however, that even with a sweet smell, the extract can be very bitter, so when using each new product, start with the lowest dosage to determine the extract level you are comfortable with.
Use in aromatherapy and cosmetology
The most popular and proven use of essential oils is to create unique soaps, lotions and aromatic oils. Many people overseas are engaged in the production of DIY cosmetics because this occupation guarantees endless possibilities for creativity.
By mixing several extracts in different proportions, you can create a truly luxurious scent. Perhaps your trademark secret will allow you to develop a small but stable business from a hobby.
How to choose a quality essential oil?
When purchasing complex products, we advise you to trust foreign manufacturers who produce goods for the home market. The advantages of such a product are that it is produced on high-quality equipment, and the inscription on the label probably corresponds to reality. This state of affairs is not due to the honesty of the companies or the attentiveness of the supervisory authorities. The judicial system is well developed abroad. In the event that manufacturers produce a low-quality product that leads to any negative consequences, this threatens the company with heavy fines.
For our online store, we have chosen essential oils from the famous American company GloryBee. Initially, GloryBee was exclusively engaged in the production of honey, but with the development of the business, the list of manufactured goods has expanded. The company now produces 100% natural essential oils.
Our store sells essential oils:
All extracts are obtained by cold pressing, therefore they contain the maximum amount of natural substances. GloryBee products are of the highest standard and essential oils are designed to be added to food.
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