Most people (especially gals I know) love essential oils because they’re the closest thing we can get to contemporary witchery. A few drops of this, some drops of that, then apply to your chosen area of concentration for instant relief. Given how powerful technology has become, who would have thought that nature’s extracts would remain just as potent?
Essential oil expert Jen O’Sullivan has taken years to understand the power of essential oils — and there are hundreds of them, by the way, not counting the many combinations they can come in. Jen has written four books on essential oils (including French Aromatherapy: Essential Oil Recipes & Usage Guide) and has been known for her passion to educate beginners and advanced users alike. During her first visit to Manila, the essential oil sage walks us through the first things that an oil newbie must know, the best oils for skincare, and the truth about essential oils and pets. Consider your new obsession made extra bewitching.
YOUNG STAR: There are so many essential oils out there. What’s the key to understanding every single one of them?
JEN O’SULLIVAN: All oils kind of do the same thing, which is interesting, meaning they all help with your health. A lot of times, people think that oils will help everyone medically. What oils do is that they work to help alkalinize you. Our bodies are generally healthier at an alkaline state, and most of us are acidic because we consume a lot of animal protein, processed food, and medication. What oils do is that they actually help attack everything in our body that would not be good for us. We don’t use oils like a band-aid… oils don’t work the way we think they should. We use oils much like we do in a healthy lifestyle. We add oils in as a part of a healthy regimen, rather than a cure to a specific ailment.