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What Are Essential Oils?

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Essential oils are now a multi-trillion dollar industry. Not everyone is honest within that industry, and these life transforming liquids are extremely powerful.

I qualified in 2003 as an ITEC Aromatherapist, which back then was a big deal and done the old fashioned way. None of this online diploma in a few weeks, I had to do a foundation course of Anatomy & Physiology for six months, and then I progressed to the Aromatherapy training for a further six months. Back then I had to also study massage techniques (Swedish and Aromatherapy) and everything was examined by an external examiner who flew out to Hong Kong from the U.K. and it reminded me of when I was in school. To say it was intense was an under statement. But I fully believe that you need to completely understand the systems of the body BEFORE you learn about what you need to put in it and on it.

Essential oils are extracted from plant material (flowers, herbs, seeds, resins from trees) primarily by steam distillation. 

  • Easily absorbed into the blood stream and the systems of the body either aromatically, topically or internally (NB: not all oils can be taken internally).

  • Easy to use; small enough to transport for those "on the go".

  • Won't set off allergic reactions, and can treat those who have allergies to other remedies

  • On a molecular level, essential oils are made of organic compounds such as esters, terpenes, phenols, ketones and aldehydes.  These constituents contain powerful properties that give essential oils their immediate action, resulting in nearly instant relief as the tiny oil molecules enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the entire system

  • Essential oils have multiple properties and work on multiple issues at once. A symptom always has a root cause, often emotional in nature. Conventional drugs may soothe the symptom temporarily but as they don't work not the root cause, the symptom often come back.  EXAMPLE: you have a headache, and take panadol or tylenol.  That numbs the pain, but the headache comes back because it is the result of another underlying issue (e.g. stress, anxiety, cold etc).

5 Top Oils for your medicine cabinet

Lavender (Lavender Angustifolia) Main use:  multiple!  I call it "medicine in a bottle".  It is a good all-round oil, has multiple uses and safe to use on all the family for things like calming in times of stress, helping sunburn, relieving itching from mosquito bites, helping to sleep.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Radiata, or Eucalyptus Globulus) Main use: assisting your respiratory system to cope with colds, flu, bronchial conditions, coughs, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis. 

Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) Main uses: calming emotions (particularly great for people with ADD/ADHD), anti-inflammatory (reduce swelling), healing bruises. DO NOT USE if you have low blood pressure.

Tea Tree Oil or Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia) Main uses: a fantastic all-round oil, it has a strong smell which is off-putting to some so I tend to blend with Lavender and orange to produce a synergistic blend that smells nice, but it is very effective at killing anything that you don't want in your body/home. Excellent to kill bacteria, fungi (my number one choice to heal athlete's foot), yeast infections, viruses (cold, flu, measles, chicken pox, warts).

Lemon (Citrus Limon) Main uses: Immune system booster, detoxifier, blood cleanser, respiratory conditions, supports liver and kidneys

If you are drawn to essential oils or want to start using them, you can connect with me on or go to the "book a session" tab on my website. There is an "essential oil" session on there. Let's get things moving in your life and learn how to use these miraculous concoctions in your own life, in the safest way possible AND with maximum impact in your life.

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