Essential Oils - Essential for Health

By Laurie Bechler and Caitlin Spencer, Professional Blends LLC © 2019

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Our body LOVES plants!  We love to look at them, eat them, smell their lovely scent.  They lift our spirits and fuel our body.  Plants are just made to benefit us. All of us know we need plants to live, even the meat and potato lovers of the world (remember, potatoes are plants! )

Hippocrates considered the father of modern medicine, famously said: “let food be thy medicine”.  Loaded with vitamins and minerals plants play a vital role in keeping us healthy and active. Let’s take meat and potatoes.  That yummy spud is packed with B-vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, iron, zinc, and calcium.  Studies have shown that potatoes can help blood pressure, reduce gastric acid, help peptic ulcers, rheumatic pains, swollen joints and more. Plants have also given us their organic compounds that through various means, we have made into essential oils.  Essential oils are not really oils at all.  They are not lipids like vegetable oils.  They react like lipids not mixing with water. but mixing with fats, thus the name. Their molecular structure is perfectly suited to go through our skin and into our bloodstream allowing us to get the potent medicinal effect these wonderful “oils” provide.

So, how does all of this relate to having or getting a tattoo?

Our skin is more than just a canvas for expression.  It is a complex and diverse organ that is vital to our health. It is our largest organ.  Not only does it keep everything in a tight package, but it also makes us look great while it’s doing it!  It also plays a very important role in keeping invaders out and moisture in.  It protects us from pollution, UV rays of the sun, and helps the body rid itself of toxins. It is our immune system’s first line of defense! The process of tattooing breaches our protective barrier weakening the wall, our skin.  It's important to supply to our skin what it needs to repair the breach quickly and stay healthy for years to come.  Essential oils and botanicals supply that need, encouraging the body’s amazing ability to repair and rejuvenate. Our skin treats us well and we need to return the favor by doing our best to give it what it needs to stay happy and healthy.  Remember, what we apply to our skin is absorbed in our body, so it’s vitally important we make the right choices!  With proper use, essential oils will become an essential part of your daily life. Our goal in this series of articles is to equip you with all you need to improve your life and health through essential oils.  We will consider what essential oils are, how they work to benefit you both physically and emotionally, and how to use them safely and effectively.