It seems like everyone and their dog is using essential oils (no, seriously, you can use oils on dogs too). There is so much information and so much misinformation. I’m not going to lie to you, I LOVE my oils! I use them every day and I see the benefits of them on myself and my family. If used appropriately, I think they are one of the greatest things I use in my house. Here’s why:
The Oils are All Natural
Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds [that] are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Basically they come from things found straight out of nature. The come from the peals of citrus fruit, the barks of trees, the flowers and leaves of plants and so many other places. These are not oils created in a lab with chemistry, they are created naturally. [source]
The Oils are Pure
The essential oils that I use in my house have a very rigorous quality testing to insure that the oil that was distilled from the plant, seed, tree, etc is the same oil that is placed in the bottle and sent out to consumers. Every bottle of oil goes through a five method testing protocol. This protocol ensures potency, purity, and consistency batch to batch. Chemical compounds are checked right after distillation. After the oil has arrived at the facility, it is tested again to make sure it is the same oil as received. The last step is a three-process method that is a review of the chemistry of the oil and is done as the oils are packaged into their bottles to be shipped out. [source]
The Oils Were Used in Biblical Times
Okay, so it is not just Biblical times, but oils have been used since ancient times by many different groups of people. I think that fact is very cool, but is even more cool to know that people from the Bible used some of the oils we use today! Oils were used in the Temple in the Old Testament Frankincense and Myrrh were the gifts of kings given to Jesus as a baby by the wise men. Later Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with oil. Anointing oil has been used from Ancient times all the way up to the present. There is so much info on oils throughout the Bible and throughout history. It is so interesting and I will be writing a post about oils in history. So watch for that soon.
The Oils are Safe
We know that the oils derive naturally IN nature, and have been used for thousands of years for many different uses with great benefits. The oils are safe if used as recommended by the essential oils company. It is always good to educate yourself on oils before you use them. That being said, they are all-natural and safe to use for the whole family, which is oftentimes, more than we can say about some of the food we eat and medications we take.