Power of Plants

What are essential oils, and why are plants so powerful? 

Pure essential oils are chemical components that derive from formations by secondary metabolites of plants studied to provide healing properties to mammals and other organisms, known for thousands of years to people. The compounds, such as linalool and thymol affect the neurons and other receptor cells that send specific messages directly to the brain. They are nonselective components, meaning they do not target specific cells, and in turn they are effective in a wide range of ways, such as anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antidepressant, and many other therapeutic properties. Essential oils are mostly safe and nontoxic for humans to use due to coexisting evolutions of plants and people. People have built tolerance for most of plants’ toxic compounds, and those compounds in turn can be used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes when we fall ill, mentally or physically. 


Some of the chemical components in essential oils that are beneficial to humans are:

  • β-caryophyllene, a terpene found in many oils, such as rosemary and lavender, is often known to be effective against anxiety, may reduce obsessive-compulsive symptoms, reduce stress, reduce neuroinflammation, and many more.
  • D-Limonine, a terpene found in all citrus oils, is highly effective in stress relief, mood elevation, inflammation reduction, encourages weight loss, etc. 
  •  Citral, a terpene found in many oils, such as melissa and lemongrass, is effective in anxiety relief, pain relief, red blood cell level boost, cholesterol reduction, etc. 

...and so many more.

 

*Image from "Plant Secondary Metabolites and Their General Function in Plants" Angelika Böttger, et al. 2018  https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-99546-5_1

What is a traditional Thai inhaler?

Called ya dom, literally “medicine inhaler,” Thai inhalers are a cultural phenomenon and can be found all over Thailand. Often used by drivers and party goers, the inhalers are infused with menthol and other stimulating compounds of herbs and spices that provide heightened energy, mask outside odor, and clear nasal passages. Some come as sticks, and others come with gauze-wrapped natural herbs and spices. The concept has been around for thousands of years in Thailand, and it has its roots in Ancient Chinese Medicine.

traditional Thai inhaler
 *Image from carousell.com
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Love this!

I LOVE this so much that I have not only bought it for myself but purchased it for a number of my friends. We all love it!

Love at first scent

I find the inhaler very calming and I love how potent the scent is for the size of the jar. I don’t know if it helps me sleep, but I do enjoy using it and am excited to try other scents.

such a lovely gift!

I first bought this Aromatherapy Inhaler at my favorite gift shop in Port Gamble, Washington. When they no longer stocked them I found your website and ordered online. I included them in gift bags for family members for Christmas and they were a huge hit! I keep the one I bought last Spring in my car and use it every day, such a treat!

Yoga and Meditation

I use this inhaler before my 31 minute meditation every morning. I enjoy using all the different inhalers throughout the day! I have one for general stress relief, essential orange, inspire and create for focus, inspiration and positivity, and "I work out" to encourage me before I go for a walk, go to the store, clean the house or work in the community garden, really before any physical activity. I also use the "need sleep" before bed. They are great! They affect the limbic region of the brain, the area of memory and emotions.

"The limbic system is a set of structures in the brain that deal with emotions and memory. It regulates autonomic or endocrine function in response to emotional stimuli and also is involved in reinforcing behavior ."

Really like it!

I got this to help with creating and writing a project for a graduate course. It really helped. You can smell/feel the essence for many breathes afterwards.