Essential oils have been used for centuries for their healing and purifying effects on the body. There are 188 references to these precious oils in the Bible. They have always held extreme value by ancient healers and medicine men that used them topically, for aromatherapy, and for consumption.
Essential oils come from raw plant material such as flowers, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds, and peels.
They have properties such as antiviral, immunity boosters, astringent, anti-inflammatory, ant infectious, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antibacterial, and many more.
Pure Essential oils can be found at your local health food stores, or distributors from reputable companies like http://www.mydoterra.com/gailwright3
Please do your homework or ask me, some oils are so diluted they have no benefit and are simply a marketing ploy or scam.
Also know that not all oils are made for consumption or even topical use. Consulting an aroma therapist is the best bet for those who are inexperienced. Using a diffuser is very popular and can be done by following the directions. I personally have Thieves oil going quite often in my diffuser to help boost our immunity and fight against the sickies!
I am a true believer in holistic methods at peace and health and essential oils are an absolute path to reach either or both!