Essential oils, known as nature's living energy, are the natural, aromatic volatile liquids found in shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. The distinctive components in essential oils defend plants against insects, environmental conditions, and disease. They are also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plant sources via steam distillation, and are highly concentrated and far more potent than dry herbs. While essential oils often have a pleasant aroma, their chemical makeup is complex and their benefits vast-which make them much more than something that simply smells good. Historically, essential oils have played a prominent role in everyday life. With more than 200 references to aromatics, incense, and ointments throughout the Bible, essential oils are said to be used for anointing and healing the sick. Today, essential oils are used for aromatherapy, massage therapy, emotional health, personal care, nutritional supplements, household solutions, and much more.
The primary methods of application include inhalation, topical application, and internal use.
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is the inhalation of plant oils, called essential oils, for improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Essential oils are the pure essence of the plant-often referred to as nature's living energy-and can provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly. Essential oils can be used on their own for aromatherapy or with complementary natural ingredients, such as vegetable or carrier oils.
Aromatherapy for Improved Health and Wellness
Aromatherapy is one of many ways you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. When practicing aromatherapy, it's vital that only pure, undiluted essential oils are used. Synthetic, perfume-grade products lack the necessary level of beneficial constituents and offer little or no positive effect.
The Science of Aromatherapy
When an essential oil is diffused, it's inhaled and processed through the olfactory system, which then sends the therapeutic benefits of the aroma to the brain. Depending on the specific constituents in the oil, you may begin to feel the release of negative emotions, the soothing of undue muscle tension, or experience the cleansing effect of the oils as your body eliminates toxins.
Because the quality of essential oils is so important, Your Ultimate Massage uses Young Living Essential Oils which are the most pure oils on the market. They are therapeutic grade which means that every essential oil Young Living distills or sources has the optimal naturally-occurring blend of constituents to maximize the desired effect and many are also certified for internal use.
There are two ways to use essential oils for aromatherapy: inhalation and topical application.
When inhaling oils for aromatherapy, here are some commonly used techniques:
- Inhale essential oils directly-simply smell them straight from the bottle.
- Diffuse essential oils using a device that disperses the oil into the air in a micro-fine vapor. Your Ultimate Massage uses a diffuser that effectively spreads the aromatic benefits of essential oils through the air without damaging their important constituents.
- Use essential oils with a humidifier. Sprinkle a few drops of essential oil on a tissue or small cloth and place in front of the escaping steam. Avoid putting the oil directly into your humidifier, as it will float on top of the water instead of dispersing with the water vapor.
- Pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops of essential oil. Lower your face a few inches over the bowl and cover your head and the bowl with a towel, then breathe deeply and slowly.
Essential oils can be applied directly to the skin. Be sure to read the label before using oils topically, as some oils must be first diluted with a carrier oil prior to use.
Key areas for topical application are:
- Crown of head
- Behind ears
- Upper back
- Over vital organs
- Soles and tops of feet
Massage Therapy and Essential Oils
Touch, body work, and massage have many positive effects on the muscle, joint, circulatory, and other body systems, and when combined with essential oils create a relaxing, luxurious experience that balances the mind, body, and spirit.
Offering only the purest, most potent natural properties from each plant source, Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ (YLTG) essential oils contain the optimum level of therapeutic constituents for the most beneficial massage results.
Massage therapy has been shown to have a wide array of benefits. From anxiety reduction and pain relief to improved circulation, the therapeutic effects of touch promote all aspects of wellness. Essential oils further support the benefits of massage therapy by enabling targeted aromatic and topical relief. Certain techniques combine the art of aromatherapy with the techniques of Vita Flex-rolling and releasing motions that activate the reflex points-and massage.
Topical application of these specific oils to various areas of the body brings balance and harmony while fostering a truly holistic wellness experience.
Some Uses of Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
- To Relax and Restore: Balsam Fir, Citrus Fresh, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, M-Grain, Orange, Palo Santo, Peace and Calming, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, RutaVaLa, Spearmint, Thyme, Trauma Life, Valor, White Angelica, Ylang ylang
- To Energize and Invigorate: Basil, Grapefruit, Lemon, Nutmeg, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint
- To Soothe Achy Muscles, Reduce Muscle Spasm, and Help Relieve Headaches: Aroma Siez, Balsam Fir, Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Helichrysum, Marjoram, Melaleuca, M-Grain, Nutmeg, Oregano, Palo Santo, Pan Away, Peppermint, Thyme, Valor, Wintergreen
- To Soothe Irritated or Sensitive Skin: Balsam Fir, Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Orange, Purification, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Spearmint, Ylang ylang
- To Support Healthy, Younger Skin: Cypress, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Rose, Valor, Ylang ylang
- To Support Cardiovascular Health: Aroma Life, Basil, Cinnamon Bark, Cypress, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lemon, Ylang ylang
- To Balance Hormones, Energy, and Body Systems: Balsam Fir, Citrus Fresh, Clary Sage, Common Sense, Cypress, Forgiveness, Geranium, Grounding, Harmony, Inner Child, Joy, Juva Flex, Orange, Palo Santo, Present Time, Release, Rose, RutaVaLa, Spearmint, Trauma Life, Valor, White Angelica, Ylang ylang
- To Decrease Inflammation: Copaiba, Melaleuca, Ocotea, Pan Away, Wintergreen
- To Support Clear Breathing and Support Respiratory System: Balsam Fir, Basil, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Melaleuca, Oregano, RC, Rosemary
- To Support the Immune System: Abundance, Cinnamon Bark, Citrus Fresh, Lemon, Melaleuca, Nutmeg, Orange, Oregano, Palo Santo, Rosemary, Thieves, Thyme
*Essential oils may be added to any massage service for an additional $5.00*