Essential oils are the Volatile Organic Compounds found in the leaves, stems, flowers, roots, barks, and resins of the Plant Kingdom. Most are steam distilled, though some resins and flowers are harvested slightly differently.
EOs are a part of the ancient human medical, spiritual, and esoteric foundation since recorded history, and certainly much before. Based on archeological evidence from Asia and the Middle East, essential oils have been part of our social, political, and spiritual development and this particularly includes the many diverse Yoga traditions of antiquity and modernity.
Some of the earliest recorded instances of Yoga and Essential Oils date back over 5,000 years to the Vedas of India, The Holy Bible, The Holy Q'uoran, as well as countless other lineages of antiquity where sweet fragrant oils were used as prayer offerings, protect from "evil spirits", and to activate the natural healing mechanisms of the human body. Traditionally, very few religious/spiritual temples in the ancient Human story are devoid of these priceless treasures of plant medicine and protection. Frankincense and Myrrh are very well known, considering The Holy Bible told of their being given as gifts from great Oriental Kings unto the Christian Messiah Jesus, or Yeshiva. EO's have the potential to positively change our psychology during practice, as they positively affect the limbic system of the brain.
EO's provide non-toxic organic cleaning alternatives to the harsh cleaners used in many Yoga studios and on Yoga mats. EO's have countless uses, all the while preventing the creation of ever more pan-resistant bacteria, such as is the case with antibacterial wipes and antibiotics. When we sweat, our pores absorb more quickly (20-26 seconds for absorption), and toxic cleaners may be more readily absorbed into the body. Due to their complex organic chemistry, essential oils offer the same cleaning effectivity, if not far superior, yet devoid of the destructive ecological production, dubious marketing, and overall negative effects upon own bodies and our global ecosystem. EO's certainly do elevate most Yogi's experiences, considering scientific and pharmacology status of EO's in many countries around the globe. (e.g. The German Commission E Council). Globally, EO's have passed the test of peer-reviewed scientific/clinical councils due to their stellar performance on treating depression, motivational challenges, infection, pan-resistant bacteria (MRSA), and brainwave frequency manipulation which affects body-hormone levels.
Most notably, Dr. Lin PhD. (University of Oklahoma) clinically concluded Frankincense Resin (boswellic acids) provided effective treatment for aggressive breast cancer tumor management and reduction in 7 of 7 clinical trials! Though much more study is needed, at this rate we may see essential oils empower our lives in more ways than we could ever hope to currently understand. Essential oils, tinctures, and essences hold a treasure chest of effective answers to ongoing and incredibly complex health and wellness questions, such as pan-resistant bacteria and even allergic response.
Yogis and scientists alike are expanding experiential and academic research into this particular natural pathway of healing and wellness. Yoga and Essential Oils are at the forefront of the evolution of the synergistic Yoga practice of modern humanity. We recommend all yogis seek out Essential Oil education and learn more about these treasures we have right under our noses. To learn more, or to order oils for yourself or your loved ones, please visit http://zendoyoga.com/essential-oils.html. We are happy to guide and consult on all the various specific oils usages on and off the mat! Namaste