What are plant enzymes and how can they help us?
Plant enzymes break down proteins, fats, carbs and starches. Enzymes are commonly discussed when it comes to digestion. Taken with meals (usually in capsule form), they can help you digest your food, to breakdown, absorb and utilize nutrients. Taken in between meals, can help break down wastes, food, yeast, candida, and parasites that have been there a while.
In aromatherapy, enzymes can be helpful to help the body “digest” the essential oil via topical and inhalation applications.
How they work?
To elaborate a little more, enzymes break down protein structures such as allergens, skin and pet dander, stains and the exoskeleton of insects, fleas and ticks. This is why I often recommend adding it to certain aromatherapy blends – in a liquid form.
- Protease breaks down protein
- Lipase breaks down fat
- Lactase breaks down carbs
- Amylase and cellulase break carbs down into glucose
Benefits of Enzymes
Enzymes offer a plethora of benefits. Not inly does it help with digestion, it enhances tissue and cellular hydration. For this reason, I add plant-based enzymes into most of my aromatherapy formulas, including my facial toner and any skin supporting blends.
Becuase it helps with hydration, it can calm pain, inflammation, redness, irritation, and discomforts with skin, muscles, and joints. I even use it as a base in my headache roll-ons, since a common theme with any kind of headache is dehydration.
I sell the one I use here in my online store if you want to take a look at it. It is not required in blends, but something I wanted to share as I have found many benefits with it in aromatherapy.
How to use it
Here are the ways I use it most –
- Room spray
- Body spray
- Surface spray
- Facial toner
- Pet deodorizer spray
- Stain remover (enzymes break down proteins, which is what makes up stains)
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Author: Jennifer Pressimone, Entrepreneur, Formulator, Author
Jennifer Pressimone is an aromatherapy entrepreneur (an Aromapreneur™). She is the founder and President of JennScents®, Inc. and the JennScents Aromaversity®. She is the Vice-President and Regional Florida Director of Central Florida for the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). Jennifer has build, managed and maintained several health and wellness businesses over the last 20 years. She is an incredibly gifted essential oil formulator, aromatherapy educator, public speaker, herbalist, author and philanthropist. She leads with passion, experience and heart to inspire, empower and motivate others to not only follow their dreams, but crush it, realizing more than they ever imagined possible. Jennifer is a life coach and business mentor. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and has thousands of hours in continuing education in many health and wellness topics. Her specialties include mind-body health, gastrointestinal health and cognitive aromatherapy for humans and pets.
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