"Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally,” said Brianna Scarpelli, a marketer and expert on essential oils with Young Living Essential Oils
Essential oils, containing potent medicinal and cosmetic properties, are a versatile part of a natural medicine cabinet. They work to support the body’s own healing system, and when used correctly, may be able to take the place of conventional over-the-counter remedies. - Jacqueline Silvestri Banks Fox News
Even though essential oils have been around for centuries, dating back to the early Egyptians and were brought as gifts to Jesus in biblical times (remember frankincense?), they’ve become more relevant today than ever before.
While people traditionally see a doctor for an illness and get a prescription drug, many others have awoken to the fact that essential oils can be used powerfully in healing and supporting the body’s emotional and physical well-being.
These oils not only smell wonderful, but they actually heal at the cellular level. Essential oils are volatile liquids distilled from plants and parts such as seeds, flowers, fruit, stems, bark, roots and leaves. It may take hundreds of pounds of flowers and leaves to distill one batch of pure essential oil. They have hundreds of uses for everything from minor ailments such as a paper cut or minor burn to large ailments like cancer.
“Despite their name, essential oils are not oils but are aromatic, volatile substances or essences extracted from a plant, herb or flower by distillation or expression. It is a labor-intensive process resulting in a potent oil that is not cheap, but due to its concentrated nature, a small amount can be used very effectively for a range of ailments, skincare and even natural homemade carpet cleaner,” says Ursula Elmes, an aromatherapist, licensed acupuncturist and the founder of YouOrganic Skincare.
“The most difficult part of using them is deciding on which oil will work most effectively with your own body chemistry, personal habits and emotional olfactory responses” says Tricia Mooneyham, host of the online radio show “I’ll Have What She’s Having…Talk with Tricia,” who specializes in women’s sexual health.
“There are certain oils which have proven their value and are a great baseline for those who are just learning about the health benefits of essential oils. Peppermint, lavender and lemon are considered power oils, and when in doubt one of these three will give you some relief for whatever your need is from cleansing to soothing to invigorating,” says Mooneyham.
Most of these oils have multiple benefits in a single oil, though their potency is a hard concept for many people to grasp. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy has a wealth of information and a large database.
“I think of essential oils like food,” Cervone says. "You don’t just eat once, and never again; it’s an ongoing process to get good nutrition and support your body’s needs. Same with essential oils — you can literally use them to support your body’s health and well-being from the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment your head hits the pillow.”