The Basics of You
Everyone remembers from grade school learning about cells. Cells are the smallest unit of life. They are what makes up your tissues, organs and entire body! So it makes sense that the at the simplest, lowest level, our health starts. Nourishing and providing an ideal environment for our cells can help to maintain optimal health. When you nourish your cells, you are nourishing your tissues, organs and entire body.
Disease and illness occur at the beginning of a misfunctioning cell. In cells, there are two types of disease or two causes of misfunction: deficiency and toxicity. When a cell becomes deficient in nutrients and energy or too toxic because of outside factors (environment) tissue and organ function are compromised.
The cell has many jobs but two of the most important jobs is to protect cell DNA within the nucleus and provide energy for all body processes. Your DNA is present in each cell within your body and must be protected and left un-errored in replication as your cells reproduce. If the DNA becomes damaged it is known as a mutation. A cell mutation can cause a range of issues from damage, inflammation, pain cell death, or weakened tissues. Multiple mutations in a cell’s DNA can result in cancer. Cancer is nothing more than your own cells, mutated. This doesn’t occur with a single mutation but rather is multi-factorial and the result of multiple exposures to toxins or any outside stimuli causing damage to the cells. Toxins can range from cigarette smoke to chemical household cleaners. The food we eat and liquids we drink can also affect our cells. Anything we touch eat or smell that comes into contact with us will affect our cells in some way, good or bad.
Essential Oil Benefits
Essential oils can be an excellent support system for your cellular health. Oils use chemical compounds and messages to interact with the body, they do not provide nutrition to you or your cells. You need to maintain a proper and healthy diet and limit toxins as much as possible for best cellular health. There are many aspects to this but we will only be discussing they essential oil role further. Essential oils act by interacting with the inside of the nose (the olfactory membrane) when inhaled, and chemical messages are sent to the limbic system and cerebral cortex in the brain. Chemical components are also absorbed through the mucous membrane of the lungs and into the blood stream. So while oils can be applied to specific areas you will see a systemic benefit.
Essential oils are lipophilic so they are readily absorbed by the skin and are able to permeate your cell membrane. This ability is what makes essential oils so effective at fighting viruses and bacteria. This is true for pure essential oils, any oil that has additives and synthetics this will not hold true. Essential oils are an excellent way to help support and maintain optimal health and body functions.