Along with CBD on the rise since the Farm Bill of 2018, there has also been a rise, for several years, on essential oils. Many people make their own for sale. Many companies have established businesses for the sole purpose of using and selling essential oils. This is because of a mass movement to go “au natural”. People have steered to less chemically based products to accompany their modern life styles of non-GMO, locally sourced, plastic free, and waste free. The list is endless really for this movement that encompasses many different kinds of products. Yet, this isn’t the first time essential oils were all the rave. They have a long history in the world of man’s use for them. From topical use, use in foods, use in medicines, and for aroma therapy.
There are books and websites and YouTube videos that cover the history of essential oils. For sake of not overdoing content here, I want to break the history down enough so that you get the gist.
Brief History of Essential Oils
Ancient Egypt used essential oils in everyday life. They used it for cosmetics, medicine and for the embalming process of their great Pharaohs and other members of the royal family. China and India used it pretty much the same way but also in Ayurvedic medicine. Which is a holistic heading system consisting of the body, mind and spirit that promoted health and fight disease. The Greeks followed the Egyptians and used essential oils. In fact Hippocrates endorsed the use of them. Romans took the idea from the Greeks (as they did with many other things) and used essential oils in the bath. This is just a brief run down of how essential oils have been used since ancient times. These, of course, were herbal infused oils and mixed with other natural oils such as olive own. Distilled oils, what we use now, is a more recent creation.
Misconceptions of Essential Oils
It is only fair to discuss the misconceptions of essential oils. I used to sell essential oils and recall some information about them. Here are a few misconceptions I am aware of regarding essential oils.
1: Essential oil purity Equals Essential oil quality
There are a lot of discrepancies about this. First off it depends on the plant, the batch, how it is processed. Quality here is subjective. But not every oil is made for the same purpose. Some you can ingest. Other’s you can’t Always check the product information and look at the bottle. It should be on there. That being said, there are synthetic oils out there. Be wary of those.
2: Therapeutic Grade is it’s Own Grade
All oils have some therapeutic element. Again it is how it is used. I don’t ingest any oils. For the products I used to sell you could ingest them but I never cared for the sharp taste. I tend to use mine for skin and for breathing in. There is no therapeutic grade. This is mostly a gimmick. Grade is more along the lines of where a product has more or less ingredients. Food Grade is a term you may have heard of and this basically means the product is made for consumption and isn’t toxic. Avon’s essential oils are not food grade. Grade is also not to be confused with quality. That would denote how well a product works for a customer. Not it’s function. Food can be therapeutic. Much study is done on that.
3: A Skin Reaction Means Detoxing
No. Just NO! If you have a reaction to an oil, you maybe allergic. It is best to seek medical help if this happens.
4: Each Part of the Plant Can Be Used for the Same Oil
Actually this isn’t true. It’s like saying any part of your body can be used for the same function. Which is not correct. Certain parts of a plant can be used differently in oils. Therefor they wont work the same other other oils from the same plant on the body. Take the dandelion for example. Different parts can be used in a tea and others for topical use.
5: Essential Oils Have Vitamins
I have no idea where this came from. Granted, food wise, plants such as spinach have nutrients. The same cannot be said for the oils that are extracted from plants. Nutrients are added in after the oil is made and used in a product. Avon’s oils do not have nutrients in them.
6: It’s Safe Because It is Natural
Not all plants are safe and not all oils are safe. Never confuse these two words. Arsenic is a natural element.. Poison Ivy is a natural element. They are NOT however safe. It is even shown that some oils are not safe to our pets. I advise you not use them for pets. Oils are made in a specific way so they are safer to use. But again, if you have a reaction, stop using it and see a doctor.
Earlier this year Avon introduced two new essential oils: Calm and Energize. They are part of a set called Minding-My-Mood.
Energize – Feel refreshed and focused with lively mandarin and stimulating ylang-ylang (an exotic floral derived from the tropical ylang-ylang tree).
Calm – Channel your tranquil inner bliss with comforting lavender and soothing star anise (a fragrant spice).
These are hypoallergenic and Dermatologist-tested.
4 WAYS TO USE:
1. Apply directly to pulse points, such as wrists, neck, temples, base of skull and bottom of feet.
2. Add a few drops to a warm bath.
3. Mix a few drops into body lotion.
4. Add to a room diffuser (10-20 drops or to your liking).
Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil
These products are great for using for everyday use. You can use the energize for the morning or while doing school work, like I do. To keep motivated. I even use it while cleaning because though I can really get on a roll for cleaning, sometimes I need a push. I diluted the Calm oil and sprayed it on my pillow at night to help sleep. I can’t say that my cat is fond of my use of lavender. He hates it. 🙂 The products are sold together and not separately and are priced at $24.