It stands to reason that in order for essential oils to work their magic on our bodies, they need to be absorbed into our system. This can happen in one of two ways.
Firstly, when we smell essential oils, a tiny amount is absorbed through our lungs. While this can certainly have an effect on our body, the intensity is nowhere near as powerful as when essential oils (always diluted) are applied to our skin. In fact, when applied topically, the oils are absorbed one thousand times more than when inhaled. The reason being is that they are actually absorbed into our blood via our skin, essentially becoming a part of us (excuse the pun).
Let me explain further.
When you think of the word 'oil' the first thought that usually comes to mind is a greasy substance. But in the case of essential oils, many people are surprised to learn that it simply isn’t the case. Believe it or not, essential oils aren’t actually 'oily' at all – but like oil, they do not mix with water and are oil soluble.
So, what are essential oils?
When it comes to personal hygiene, most of us have a tendency to over (rather than under) compensate, but is it possible to be too clean?
Well, believe it or not, the answer is YES. While the old saying: "Cleanliness is next to godliness" may have applied centuries ago, we now know that over-washing/showering can actually have a detrimental effect on our skin.
In fact by over scrubbing, or bathing too often we are literally removing our skin’s natural protective layer (the acid mantle), in much the same way that we’ve compromised our planet’s global protective layer ... the ozone layer.
So, what exactly is the "acid mantle"?
If your initial response to this statement is “why?” then the answer is simple - for the same reason that those who work in a sewerage plant no longer smell the poo. In other words, as you become accustomed to a particular scent it has a tendency to lose its effectiveness. It’s for this very reason that intermittent diffusing is a great way to maximize your products.
Throughout history various health conditions and ailments were treated with plants and herbs such as lavender; many of which are enjoying a resurgence in use today. In fact, one of the most reassuring things about essential oils (and the practice of aromatherapy) is their consistency over time.