THE OIL STORY
At the dawn of civilization, when
people first discovered the enchanting and powerful fragrances of plants,
the Oil Story begins.
From the earliest days on earth, our ancestors used
the fragrant plants to heal, uplift, anoint, and empower their lives.
Why should fragrance, or aroma, be so powerful, and so sought after by
people all over the world throughout history?
Consider for a moment:
Why do you give flowers as a sign of love, good
wishes, or blessing? What is so magical about the fragrance of a rose?
The scent of a pine forest?
Is it possible
that these fragrances are not only beautiful but also life changing?
The answer appears not only in the stories of our ancient
ancestors, but in the literature of modern science as well. Modern day
discoveries help us to understand our need for plants as something more
than just food, decoration and shelter. Thanks to laboratory research,
we now know something about the chemistry and action of plant fragrances,
which come from the unique and mysterious aromatic liquids hidden in various
parts of plants--their leaves, petals, roots, seeds, bark, stem, and even
These aromatic liquids are called "essential oils"
now, but they were called "precious oils" and "sacred oils"
in ancient times. They were used anciently not only for physical well-being,
longevity, beauty, courage, wealth and political power, but for sacred
purposes in temples, religious rituals, and at births and deaths.
Typically, essential oils are very light to the touch
(not greasy like cooking oil) and evaporate readily, releasing their aromas
into the air.
Their function in nature is to keep plants healthy,
free of infection, to repel harmful insects, and to communicate--to each
other, to insects, to animals, and to us! As it turns out, the way they
affect us is a lot like the way they affect plants, acting on our immune
systems, our muscles, internal organs, skin and circulation, and even
our emotions, sometimes all at once!
Plant fragrances are made of nature's ancient molecules:
complex substances whose structure allows them to pass easily and quickly
through our skin, and through the cell membranes of every cell in our
bodies. We breathe them in and instantly, as they touch the brain, the
molecules of essential oils enliven neurons, inspire emotions, awaken
immune response, stimulate hormones, which can then enhance energy, digestion,
mental clarity, body temperature, circulation, and the feeling of being
connected to nature.
We inhale, and then
aaaaahh. We feel the magic.
Or, we mix them with a few drops of vegetable oil (a completely different
kind of oil!) and gently apply them to our skin, on the bottoms of our
feet, or in a massage. The molecules pass easily through our skin, muscles,
veins and connective tissue to bring their physical effects within moments
to the whole body! And even then we can smell their healing fragrance.
Just one drop of an essential oil can carry as powerful
a message as an entire bouquet of flowers. One drop can carry as bio-chemically
complex a message as a food or a medicine: It can stimulate our immune
activity, open our lungs, enhance our hearing, ease tired and achy muscles,
improve flexibility and so much more!
While essential oils are neither food nor medicine,
they sometimes act as if they were! They are, in a word, mysterious. They
are also unique in nature, different from any other natural product you
have ever tried, enhancing every part of your body, mind, and spirit,
with just one or two drops at a time.
Now, Young Living is writing a new chapter in
the Oil Story, discovering innovative ways to use and benefit from essential
oils, through research, farming, formulating of unique essential oils
blends, nutritional supplements, fitness and weight management, personal
care, education, and its unconditional guarantee of quality.
Please note: It's really
important to understand that the safety and life-changing effects of essential
oils are dependent entirely on their purity and their quality. Generally
speaking, essential oils that you find in department stores, and even
health food stores, are of uncertain quality at best. That's why Young
Living has made its mission to provide you with the very best, independently
tested essential oils. Read our Guarantee
to get a good idea of what we mean.
Thanks to the pioneering efforts of Gary Young and his
company, Young Living Essential Oils, thousands of men, women, children,
and even animals are now enjoying the homey miracles of their own, personal
"oil stories." What a concept! To take the most powerful natural
solutions ever created and use them again, just as our ancestors did--in
virtually every culture of the world--since the dawn of civilization.
You can read some contemporary Young Living oil stories
People Say". Or read a few historical stories in the Library.
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