What these lovely scents have in common is that they are all essential oils, volatile substances derived from plants that contain the natural small and characteristics of those plants. They are highly concentrated and more powerful than dried herbs, and each essential oil can contain hundreds of different chemical compounds. Essential oils are distilled from botanicals such as flowers, shrubs, trees, roots, bushes and seeds.
Distillation techniques carefully maintain low pressure and temperature to preserve the fragile constituents of essential oils. There are four main distillation methods – steam, extraction, resin tapping and cold pressing. The most common method, steam distillation, permeates the botanical with steam, drawing essential oils out of the raw plant.
How to use essential oils
Essential oils can be used three ways: massaged onto the skin, aromatically by inhaling them directly from the bottle or from a diffuser, or by ingesting them. Of course at Soulful Journey, you’re most likely to encounter essential oils being used through massage, but you can’t help but also enjoy the aroma!
If you would like to try to incorporate them into your diet, I can help you with that, too. I am a representative of Young Living Essential Oils, and I would be happy to advise you on ways you can use them for flavoring drinks, seafood, vegetables and desserts.
Examples of essential oils
And why would you want to do that? Well, here are just a few reasons:
• Lemon is one of the most useful essential oils to have on hand. The fresh, zesty aroma is refreshing, while the powerful antioxidant d-limonene supports a healthy immune system.
• Frankincense is highly revered for its ability to increase feelings of spirituality and inner strength. Known for a broad range of uses, it is also used for skin care to minimize visual blemishes and add a healthy-looking glow.
• Peppermint energizes and helps maintain feelings of vigor and vitality. It also supports healthy digestion.
• Lavender is universally regarded as one of the most powerful and versatile essential oils, and its uses are almost endless.
• Tea tree oil can be found in a wide spectrum of skin care and spa products because of its powerful properties to comfort and beautify the appearance of the skin.
• Thieves essential oil is a blend inspired by the legend of four 15th-century thieves in France during the time of the black plague. The thieves formulated an aromatic blend composed of cloves, rosemary and other botanicals to use while robbing the dead and dying. They never caught the plague themselves because the oil was said to make their immune system so strong.
Raindrop therapy method
Today, we use thieves essential oil to kill bacteria and help maintain a healthy immune system. It is one of the nine oils we use with the raindrop therapy method, in which oils are applied to the feet to detox the body and place it into a deeper state of relaxation. After the oils are incorporated into the feet, they are then “feathered” gently up the spine. The oils continue to work in the body from two weeks to two months after the treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about raindrop therapy or essential oils, I would be happy to discuss them with you. Or, if you are experiencing particular symptoms when you come for your next massage, be sure to let me know. If 15th century thieves could avoid getting the black plague, chances are, there is an essential oil that I can use that will help you feel better!