?What are Essensial Oils

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are natural, volatile liquid aromatic compounds, extracted from plant cells. The cells are located in specific parts of the plants such as flowers, seeds, roots, leaves, wood, bark, or peel.Generally essential oils are extracted from the plant by steam distillation. However, other methods include expression, enfleurage, maceration, and solvent extraction.


Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil" are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color.Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.

Essential oils come from all around the world. Australia is as famous for its Tea Tree as France is for its Lavender, and there are many other countries specifically linked to their native essential oils. Most essential oils have healing properties but some are more effective than others. The healing properties refer to what they do; for example antibiotic, antiseptic, detoxifying.


The essential oils used in aromatherapy are of a therapeutic grade and have a different composition compared to other herbal products because the distillation used in aromatherapy recovers the lighter phytomolecules. Essential oils are very concentrated and often referred to as the life force of the plant; they are much stronger than the plant itself.


They can sedate or stimulate the body and mind in different ways and sometimes do both at the same time to create equilibrium, depending on which component is predominating in an oil. Some oils are relaxing, some soothing and some can act as pain relief and so on. Then there are oils such as lemon and lavender, which will adapt to the emotional or physiological needs and so are known as adaptogenic. This means the ability to adapt or influence itself in different, sometimes contrary, ways. For example, a little Lavender is relaxing but more can be stimulating.


Each essential oil can contain as many as 100 chemical components but can also run into the thousands depending on the oil in question. Even with our technology today, if we took all the correct chemical components and tried to make up lavender oil in the laboratory, it would not be an oil that can successfully treat burns the way that true lavender oil could.


Essential oils are not the same as perfume or fragrance oils.

Where essential oils are derived from the true plants, perfume oils are artificially created fragrances or contain artificial substances and do not offer the therapeutic benefits that essential oils offer.


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