Every Hand is a Helping Hand

Dear reader,

In the healthcare / skincare industry, most products are manufactured using chemicals as the first choice, whereas we use nothing but clean and organic, ingredients. These include plant-based therapeutic essential oils which is where our aroma comes from, rather than fragrance made in a factory, (such as Peppermint in toothpaste). These oils are the active ingredients in everything that we produce – and this is what we would like to write about today. They are our helping hands.

Essential oils serve the needs of the plants before they serve us, and what they do for us. They come to us as experienced helpers and healers, but plants don’t speak our language, so in order to understand them, we have studied them in depth and now by explaining how oils function in plants, we hope that you to may better understand how they function in us as human beings.

What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is the volatile lipid (oil), soluble portion of the fluids of a plant.

How is it produced?

Oils are produced by steam distillation of the vegetable (plant matter) of any botanical species that can include stems, branches, flowers, seeds, roots, bark and leaves.

How do we absorb the oils?

Inhaled by the lungs and absorbed through the tissues of body orifices and the digestive tract are ways that essential oils can be absorbed, but the method that we prefer is absorbing through the skin.

What is an essential oil made from?

Essential oils are complex and despite vast research spanning hundreds of years, no essential oil has ever been completely analysed to reveal its exact constituent parts, of which there are many, such as alcohols, esters, terpines, carboxylic acids and aldehydes.

Does steam distillation harm the oil?

With careful distillation at atmospheric pressures and minimum temperatures, the extracted oil is very close to that in the living plant.

What’s the difference between essential oils and oils for household use such as Olive Oil?

Essential oils are from the leaves and are not involved with seed germination and early growth of a plant; whereas fatty oils such as avocado or sunflower, and carrier oils used by massage therapists are found only in the seeds of the plants from which they came.

How does vegetable oil compare to essential oil?

When compared to essential oils, vegetable oils are greasy, viscous, non-volatile and non-aromatic. Vegetable (fatty) oils, are not essential to the life of the mature plant, whereas essential oils are.

Are there different types of essential oils?

There are two types of essential oils, non-therapeutic and our preference – therapeutic, plant based essential oils.

Are essential oils the lifeblood for plants and humans too?

These oils circulate through plant tissues and pass through cell walls, carrying nutrition into cells and waste products out – and they do exactly the same to humans. Indeed, essential oils are natures best body cleansers.

How can essential oils help us?

Essential oils have the ability to cleanse our cellular receptor sites of pharmaceutical drugs, petrochemicals and other disruptors. They can also help chelate (bond to) heavy metals and other toxins than can remain within us, helping to flush them out of us through the liver, colon, lungs, kidneys and sweat. From a healing point of view, essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-parasitic and antiseptic qualities, whereas fatty oils, and factory produced oils have none of these characteristics.

Do oils regulate plant and human functions in equal ways?
Essential oils act as plant hormones, regulating plant functions and orchestrating the production of vitamins and enzymes. They are the messengers and supervisors within the plant that help coordinate and initialise vital plant activities – and they do exactly the same in humans.

Last but not least, are essential oils a vital biological process within us?

Homeostasis is that state where every vital biological process within a living organism is functioning as it should. It is the state of perfect wellness within every living organism, plants and humans alike, and it is this, where essential oils have such a vital part to play. Working towards restoring and maintaining balance and homeostasis –  they do this first in the plants that created them and then in the humans that apply them. Drugs or the other hand are incapable of such intelligent discriminations and act only in pre-programmed directions, like robots, whether beneficial or not.

In all, essential oils are a complex story, but the truth in all of this is that they have a huge part to play in keeping us well – and why we use them – and why we have written about them today.

In time, we will write more on this subject, but for now, keep safe.

Best wishes from Jim & Sheila and the team at SkinLikes. www.skinlikes.co.uk