Lisa DeFosse Massage Therapy

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Essential Oils

Why use Essential Oils?

A toxin is a chemical or poison that is known to have harmful effects on the body.  Toxins come from food, water, from chemicals in many products and even from the air we breathe.  Our bodies process those toxins through organs like the liver and kidneys and eliminate them in the form of sweat, urine, and feces.  The cleaning products we use, the scented air fresheners we spray and inhale, the food we eat and the over-the-counter drugs we reach for are all full of chemicals that can make us sick

Essential oils are different.  They are non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, and versatile and can be used to replace many of the household products you use.  Remember that to get great benefits and results you must use therapeutic-grade oils that have NOT been adulterated.  Adulterated oils contain synthetic chemicals or compounds. 

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the highly concentrated, aromatic essences of trees, shrubs, herbs, grass, resins and flowers.  They can be clear, amber, yellow, green, and even dark blue in color and range from very runny to almost solid in consistency.  Each essential oil comes from specific parts of the plant.

For example:

  • Myrrh and Frankincense come from the tree resin
  • Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, and Berganarnot come from the peel of the fruit
  • Cinnamon comes from the bark of the tree
  • Eucalyptus comes from the tree's leaves
  • Rose comes from the petals
  • Pine comes from the needles and twigs

On average, each essential oil contains over 100 medicinal components with more being discovered each day. 

How Essential Oils are Made

Essential oils are extracted by many different methods like solvent extraction, cold pressing, maceratin, and enfleurage, but most commonly by steam distillation.  Some low-quality essential oils can be made from plants that were treated with pesticides and extracted with chemical solvents.  These are NOT the oils you want to use for you or your family. 

Making an essential oil takes a lot of work and in some cases, tons of plant material to make even just a tiny amount.  For instance, to make just 1 oz of rose essential oil, you would need 60,000 roses.  Crazy right?  It's no wonder high-quality essential oils may seem expensive.  But when you consider you can replace conventional medications, first-aid creams and other household products with essential oils, it usually turns out to be cheaper and more natural.I use only Young Living Essential Oils because of their Seed to Seal policy.  These oils are safe to use and 100% pure and therapeutic grade. 

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