Essential oils are basically plant extracts. They're made by steaming or pressing various parts of a plant (flowers, bark, leaves or fruit) to capture the compounds that produce fragrance. It can take several pounds of a plant to produce a single bottle of essential oil. In addition to creating scent, essential oils perform other functions in plants, too. (Aromatherapy: Do Essential Oils Really Work?, Hopkins Medicine)
Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy, in which they are inhaled through various methods.The chemicals in essential oils can interact with your body in several ways. According to Michele Mack, LMT, CPMT, essential oils have psychological (affecting emotion), pharmacological (affecting chemistry) and physiological (affecting bodily function and process) benefits.
When applied to your skin, some plant chemicals are absorbed. Those who use essential oils topically tend to do so for cosmetic purposes or to treat pain. Oils are absorbed via the epidermis (top layer of skin), move from the soft tissue to the bloodstream, are carried to the treatment areas and then metabolized in the liver.
Most essential oil users inhale them to experience their psychological effects, such as stress relief. When inhaled, the molecules are distributed into the respiratory system, but a small amount has been shown to affect our brain. “When it is routed to our brain, we identify the smell and, in some cases, we have an emotional response to that smell,” Mack says. “In animal studies, it has been shown that inhalation has a quicker effect of distributing the sedative properties of certain oils in the body.” Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell, and long-term memory. Interestingly, the limbic system is heavily involved in forming memories. This can partly explain why familiar smells can trigger memories or emotions.The limbic system also plays a role in controlling several unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure.
The most important thing to consider when shopping for essential oils is product quality, says Gujral. But figuring out which oils are the best is challenging, since there's no government agency in the U.S. that provides a grading system or certification for essential oils. A big problem? Many companies claim their essential oils are "therapeutic grade," but that's just a marketing term.
"Unfortunately, there are lots of products you might find online or in stores that aren't harvested correctly or may have something in them that isn't listed on the label," warns Gujral.
Here are some tips to help you shop for pure essential oils:
Essential oils can lift your mood and make you feel good with just a whiff of their fragrance. For some people they may even help alleviate the symptoms of various conditions. For more information on how to incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle, consult an integrative medicine expert. (Aromatherapy: Do Essential Oils Really Work?, Hopkins Medicine)
Not all essential oils are created equally. TheraTree exclusively uses Young Living Essential oils for all roller bottles and therapeutic grade pure oils. for their Seed to Seal promise which includes: Sourcing, Science, Standards.
Sourcing: Young Living will never knowingly compromise by adding synthetics, contaminants, or cheap fillers, or by using unethical production practices. Young Living Chief Supply Officer Lauren Walker guides the process of sourcing products from carefully vetted corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliers and testing them extensively. If our exhaustive tests show that a product doesn’t meet our standards, we don’t buy it, or we reject the batch.
Science: Quality starts at the farm and is proven in Young Living labs. Through stringent, unyielding quality benchmarks, Young Living is able to identify the most pure, genuine, and effective ingredients. Young Living's quality control team uses a battery of physical, chemical, and microbiological scientific tests to measure the exact components and properties of our essential oils. Each test is repeated numerous times during the quality process. Testing begins at our farms and continues all the way through the final stages prior to shipment.
Standards: Not only is Young Living's Lacey Act Compliance Program comprehensive, it is also the first in the essential oils industry that has been reviewed and accepted by the government. It is the gold standard for compliance programs, and Young Living is proud to have gone above and beyond any competitors to establish it.
The standard oil used in all TheraTree's Roller Bottles is the V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex.
V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex Ingredients: Fractionated Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) seed oil, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Triticum vulgare (Wheat) germ oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oi.
It is important to note that although people with allergies to this carrier oil's ingredients typically do not elicit an allergic response to this carrier oil, safety is a top priority for TheraTree and it is recommended to request an alternate carrier oil for those who are allergic to the plants in the V-6 ingredients.
All alternate requests are made custom to the order. Requests can be made directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon making the request an estimated completion time can be established.