(NaturalNews) Essential oils are a unique branch of herbal medicine that utilizes the medicinal properties found in the essential oils of various plants. Through the different processes of distillation, the volatile constituents of the plant’s oil are extracted from its flowers, leaves, branches, or roots. The oils then exert much of their therapeutic effect through their pharmacological properties and small molecular size making it very easy to penetrate bodily tissues and help remedy many conditions.
How essential oils work
The chemical makeup of essential oils gives them a host of desirable pharmacological properties, ranging from antibacterial, antiviral, and antispasmodic, to uses as diuretics (promoting production and excretion of urine), vasodilators (widening blood vessels), and vasoconstrictors (narrowing blood vessels).
Essential oils also act on the adrenal glands, ovaries, and the thyroid, and can energize, pacify, detoxify, and facilitate the digestive process. Their therapeutic properties also make them effective for treating infections, interacting with various branches of the nervous system, modifying immune response, and harmonizing moods and emotions.
Essential oils are generally broad spectrum, meaning they benefit multiple areas of the body simultaneously.
Conditions benefitted by essential oils
Aromatic molecules that interact with the top of the nasal cavity emit signals that are modified by various biological processes before traveling to the limbic system, the emotional switchboard of the brain. Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, scientists have learned that inhalation of oil fragrances may be the fastest way to achieve physiological or psychological effects.
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