By MaleProstateHealth • July 17, 2017 • Comments Off on The Many Benefits And Uses Of Essential Oils
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: when it comes to medicine, I’m a big believer in trying a natural remedy first (depending on the situation, of course). If I have a sore throat, I’d rather make myself a traditional Indian tea my mother used to make for me before I go to the pharmacy. If I have an aching muscle, I try to massage it and stretch it out before I reach for the ibuprofen. It’s not that I don’t like medical science – I’m a huge believer in it – it’s just that I think if there’s a safe, effective way to heal without resorting to something made in a laboratory, it’s just better on your body.
I am far from being the pinnacle of health, but I try to take care of myself as best I can, so I always keep an eye out for new ways to improve my health and lifestyle. Working here at Wimp, where we all have that interest and tend to post a lot of pretty awesome, useful information, I get exposed to quite a lot of great new ways to improve my life. One thing that I started to notice about some of these “life hack” videos that I’ve been seeing lately is that they often mention essential oils. It’s a term that I’m sure a lot of you have heard too, and I started to get curious.
Following what I’d like to think was my journalistic instinct, I decided to dig a little deeper and see what I could find. What I discovered was that essential oils were actually pretty neat stuff! Basically, they’re oils distilled from a mass of plant material. Essential oils contain an incredibly vast and complex array of chemicals and compounds, and scientists are still discovering thousands of unique molecules.
Gattefosse’s interest in the field came about when he was working as a perfume chemist. As the story goes, a bad chemical explosion caused severe burns to his hands. Looking to soothe the burn, he stuck his hands into the nearest vat of liquid – which just happened to be lavender oil. The next day, his hands had healed perfectly. He went on to conduct more experiments treating soldiers with oils during World War I, and found the antiseptic properties of several types of essential oils to be quite useful against gangrene.
Although they’ve been quite popular in Europe for quite some time already, essential oils are only now starting to reach mainstream awareness in America. Better late than never, I say, because there are so many ways in which essential oils can make life a little easier.
Fun fact: you could also opt to use a blend of essential oils known as Thieve’s Oil. This oil is a powerful all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant comprised of a blend of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and lemon oils. The story of its name is an interesting one. During the time of the bubonic plague in Europe, spice merchants found their business suffering, because, you know, everyone was dying and what-not. These merchants decided to turn to a life of larceny in order to make a living during hard times and used their knowledge of spices and oils to create a blend that kept them from getting sick while robbing plagued people’s houses. Their oil worked so well, and they were so successful, that word eventually got out about this “thieve’s oil” that kept sickness at bay.
As with so many things these days, regulations on essential oils are still somewhat behind the times. Current federal guidelines stipulate that in order to be classified as “pure, therapeutic grade,” a bottle of essential oil need only have around 7% actual essential oil. The rest can be carrier oils, alcohols, and other synthetic fragrances. Therefore, make sure you do a little research before buying, as some oils can be quite costly. Generally speaking though, you get what you pay for, so you’ll probably have to shell out a little more for something that really truly is pure.
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