Aromatherapy For Wellness




Aromatherapy and essential oils are a wonderful asset to have available. It seems throughout the internet you can find a lot of negative feedback about essential oils, however, they aren't telling consumers the whole truth.

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years.


You can find a reference to them in the bible even (if you read it, have read it, and if not that's ok too).


The oils are made by different processes for the main purpose of extracting the chemical constituents (or medicinal properties) from them.


While not all constituents are created equal, neither are people.


So what may be good for one person, may not necessarily work for the next?


Many people are told that Frankincense essential oil is great for inflammation. However, while there are certain therapeutic actions that go along with Frankincense essential oil, anti-inflammation is not one of them.


This is because the Boswellic acid found in the essential oil is too heavy for the distillation process and does not make it into the oil.


So, while you will find this oil great for meditation, relaxation, fighting off illness, and as a restorative, it will not help with inflammation. Shame on those who falsely advertise oils to represent something they do not.


Educating yourself about the essential oils or blends that you use or want to use is vitally important to your own personal health and wellness.


So be your own best researcher, be your own best advocate, and understand that only you can truly be your own best doctor, because who knows you better than you do?




The Chemistry of Essential Oils



A quick chemistry lesson: The chemical constituent families are

  • Ethers

  • Coumarins

  • Aldehydes

  • Esters

  • Ketones

  • Lactones

  • Oxides

  • Phenols

  • Monoterpenes

  • Monoterpenols

  • Sesquiterpenes

  • Sesquiterpenols

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Now, each of the above categories has a specific task or purpose, that it is used for within the body; along with a specific way of how it prefers to or is the most beneficial way, that it operates.




Some oils can be ingested ( which we don't promote or recommend as that is a different type of essential oil that we do not carry), while others strictly advise against it. Others work better when applied topically, while others still can share their constituents through just breathing them in.


Therapeutic Actions (Properties of Phytochemical Groups)


To go through all the properties of the phytochemical groups in this post would constitute reading a book roughly as long as Gone With The Wind (for those of you who still know what that book is).


So instead, we will be offering a class on the phytochemical properties of essential oils.


If you are interested and would like to be notified when that class will be starting or how to enroll please send an email to


info@genuinelynatural.com


with the subject line: Essential Oil Class.


Or leave a comment below.


And we will make sure that you receive information about the class right away.


Thank you for taking the time to read this short review on essential oil chemistry and we look forward to sharing more with you!!!

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