Scents are not the same as essential oils.
I used to associate essential oils with strong smells or fragrances that would give me headaches and leave me feeling agitated or irritable. I was a firm believer in the "no scents" group. I've learned that all essential oils are not the same. At the lowest level they are competely synthetic. These are often in our foods and personal grooming products. Other oils are "cut" with products that reduce their cost.
The highest quality oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG). They are made from plants that are sourced from their native growing regions, making for a healthier, happier plant and higher quality oils. They are tested to make sure there are no toxins, contaminants or microorganisms. They are exactly what they say they are, the oils from the plants, and are not cut with other oils or synthetics. This is the level of oil I use.
How do Esential Oils Work?
Essential oils contain chemical compounds that have specific reactions with our bodies. You may have heard of birch or wintergreen having the same properties as aspirin. Or using echinacea and citrus fruits for fighting colds and boosting our immunity. The chemical compounds from these are concentrated when using essential oils and absorbed by the skin during a massage or can be diffused in the air and enter our system through our lungs.
Some of the oils I currently have are...
Lavendar - calming/relaxing
Lemon - cleansing/uplifting
Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil)- cleansing/restorative
Peppermint - cooling/invigorating
Breathe Blend - clearing
On Guard Blend - immunity
AromaTouch - relaxing/circulation/skin tone