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WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS:
How does it work? Aromatherapy is an amazing alternative medicine for balancing the physical, mental, and emotional energy as well as treating minor ailments. Whether it’s a common cold, flu, virus infection, wound, burn, muscle spasm, skin rash, mental fatigue; or depression; our ancestors paved the way for us to reach a deeper understanding in how aromatherapy works. Though we are still far from becoming an expert in this realm of medicine; we have understood that it is a powerful, complex, and vital form of natural therapy available to us today.
Modern medicine seems to address most health concerns from the surface, then providing a quick remedy while ignoring the possible long term side effects prescribed with the pharmaceutical drugs. As a result it disrupted the balance order of the entire health system. In contrast, aromatherapy looks at treating the body holistically by addressing both internal and external causes through application of therapeutic essential oils. When these issues are being addressed, it is slowly re-introducing balance back to the body as well as strengthening the immune system to prevent illnesses and diseases.
When it come to evolution, we can understand that all of life was created from a single cell organism of which evolved into multi-cell organisms; algae, plant, tree, insect, animal and finally human. With this knowledge, we can conclude that we have more in common with plants, animals, and other living matters than we believed to relate. Whether it has anything to do with biological structures or universal energies, these are the key elements that can assist us to understand further how essential oils and botanical materials influence the human body. On a clearer note the biological design of the human body was built to metabolize the foods we eat; the liquids we drink; and the air we breathe. Most of the plants, vegetables, herbs, & fruits adopted into our daily diet naturally contained essential oils.
Our ancestors have discovered that burning certain woods and aromatic plants can offer pleasant or unpleasant smells. At the same time it makes one feel drowsy or invigorated; just as eating certain raw or cooked plants can be poisonous or medicinal. Over this period of time, our body becomes accustomed to certain plant materials which enabled the body to recognize the chemical substances of the plant. In the process, the body learned to convert these molecules into energy while strengthening the immune system to fight off various diseases.
Essential oils are the byproducts of the plant’s secondary metabolism. Each essential oil has it own unique set of characteristics determined by the species of the plant, its environment, and the season that it grows in. These characteristics also come with the different chemical properties and aromatic fragrances delivered with it. The constituents of the essential oil serve a vital role for insects and animals to attract for reproduction purposes. More importantly the plants produce essential oils to safeguard themselves from viruses, bacteria, molds, fungi, and pests. Each essential oil in a single plant can provide over 100 properties or chemical constituents. For example, lavender essential oil contains the following constituents: esters, aldehydes, terpenes, phenols, ketone, oxide, alcohols, coumarins, & more. More than 40% of Linalyl acetate from ester compound is found in lavender. This compound is responsible for its calming, relaxing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. Another 30-35% of Linalool from terpene alcohol in lavender helps to stimulate the immune system and relieve discomfort. Therefore a blend of essential oils can offer a more complex synergy for immediate and effective application.
From an aromatherapy perspective, essential oils are volatile oils made up of light molecules. These molecules are lipid soluble that can easily penetrate the pore of the skin to enter the bloodstream, cell membranes, and tissues of the body. To some degree the structure of essential oils and our biological structures share common properties. Both essential oils and human blood contain hormone-like properties which help to harmonize the physiological aspects of the human body. Another similarity involved their ability to fight off infection and cell regeneration. Typically the healing properties of the essential oils can take immediate effect within minutes and release it from the body within hours depending on the essential oil used. Of course ongoing researches are being conducted for more insights on specific pathways and effectiveness of each essential oil. Inhalation and vaporization are common and are the most effective methods used in aromatherapy because scent can signal the brain to respond once the molecules of the essential oils entered the olfactory system. The goal of aromatherapy is to provide natural therapy through aroma by strengthening the immune system to assist in the self-healing process that will bring the body back into balance and harmony.
Primary Aromatherapy Methods:
- Inhalation – add two or three drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming hot water and breathe in the steam for a few minutes with a towel draped over your head to capture the steam with the essences.
- Vaporization – add pure and therapeutic essential oils to a diffuser or vaporizer instrument.
- Bath & Soak – mixes four to six drops of pure essential oils to 1 ounce of Epsom salt, milk, or carrier oil such as olive or jojoba before adding it to the hot bath. It’s a wonderful way to relax with an aromatherapy benefits to soothe the skin.
- Massage – using 12 to 15 drops of pure essential oil in 1 ounce of massage oil base is also an effective and therapeutic ways to receive the aromatherapy benefits of the oils, along with the detoxification of the body through lymph drainage and the stimulation of the entire circulatory system.
- Spray – uses approximately ½- ¾ teaspoon of essential oils (50-75 drops) to 7 ounces of distilled water; mixes it before spray it onto bedding, linen, towel. It can also be use as a room spray to deodorize and disinfect the air. Shake it well before each use.
Breathe deeply. Our pure essential oils and essential oil blends take you on a sensory journey that can instantly create a calming or balancing atmosphere in your home or office.
From the sweet aroma of Lavender to the stimulating fragrance of Eucalyptus, our therapeutic-grade essential oils ignite your senses. Click here https://essanceskincare.com/essential-oil-blends/ to learn more about Essance's essential oil blends.
Essance Skincare is a woman owned and operated business based in Portland, OR. We handmake all of our products in small batches with premium botanical ingredients and essential oils so our customers can feel good mentally and physically. We believe in stripping away the excess and getting down to the essentials of what your skin needs. Our objective is to blend the magic of aromatherapy with high quality skincare so every application is a pampering experience instead of a daily chore. We are a community minded business and love interacting with both existing customers and people new to our brand at the various pop-ups, markets, and events we attend around town.
Our objective is to blend the magic of aromatherapy with high quality skincare so every application is a pampering experience instead of a daily chore. We are a community minded business and love interacting with both existing customers and people new to our brand at the various pop-ups, markets, and events we attend around town.
Synergistically, our Arnica/MSM Creme is a triple threat when it comes to your every day bumps and bruises, along with sprains, strains, and other serious or chronic conditions. In addition to the two main active ingredients, this creme also contains capsicum and peppermint oil. Capsicum is recognized for its warming properties as it increases circulation, stimulates the healing process, and produces an analgesic effect to the tissue. Peppermint helps to stimulate circulation as well.
We have chosen to highlight this fantastic product as we transition into fall because of the wonders it works on those with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that tends to flare up when the weather turns cold and rainy, although experts aren't quite sure why this is. Ligaments become tighter, causing pain and restrictions in flexibility. Arnica/MSM creme helps to relax tension in the ligament tissue, alleviating some of that pain and restoring flexibility.
Arnica is an herb celebrated for its ability to heal bruising and accelerate tissue recovery. MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic compound containing sulphur, which fosters structural integrity in the skin by building the collagen needed to increase elasticity. It is also an active agent in relaxing overcompensated muscle fibers by reducing the oxidative damage that results in pain and inflammation.
Year round runners and athletes will also benefit greatly from incorporating this creme into their workout routines. Pre-workout stretching is essential to warm up muscles and prevent ligament tearing, and is a practice that is often overlooked. Applying Arnica/MSM during this step ensures less stress on your body in both the short-term and long-term sense. Just don't forget to wash your hands after application!
'Liquid Gold', identified internally as 'Amlou'
is a nutty spread, and externally proven to produce miraculous results.
The fruit of the Argan tree (Argania Spinosa), also known as the 'Tree
of Life' in Morocco, hardens, turns golden, and falls to the ground. The
hard shell is removed and the kernels of the nuts are traditionally
pressed in stone mills by cooperatives of women from the Berber tribe in
With powerful anti-inflammatories, high levels of EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) and Omega's, naturally balancing the skin's sebum production of oils and regulating the PH levels of the acid mantle of the skin. High in phenolic antioxidants, it's anti-aging properties protect from the suns damage, regenerate cellular growth, and increase elasticity.
On our visit to Ovation (a Moroccan inspired cafe in NW Portland), Jasmine Tran, Owner of Essance, disclosed that the most expensive Argan oil is the result of a symbiotic relationship between the goats love for the Argania trees fruit. By ingesting it and digesting it, the process softens the kernels to yield a pressing that is more aromatic and higher in omega content. 'It smells just like cedar wood,' added the owner of Ovation.
This golden liquid has been used for centuries in Northern Africa for its fountain of youth and healing. Essance knows this 'secret' and has infused its products with it to nourish and nurture.
Please consider its healthful benefits in these products benefitting the hair, skin, and nails everyday: Revitalizing Serum, Organic Massage Oils (Senxual, Soothing, and Fragrance Free)
**Consciously harvested and sourced Argan oil ensures the future of this incredible healing elixir.