True aromatherapy, as the term was originally intended, describes the use of essential oils and other volatile plant compounds for physical and emotional wellness.
The chemical constituents that comprise essential oils are produced by plants and trees either for their own protection, to attract pollinators, or to heal wounds.
In turn, we can use essential oils for our own wellness, be it to repel mosquitoes, kill microorganisms, relax our nervous system, or soothe and heal stings, burns, and wounds.
Different parts of the plants can be used to obtain essential oils, including the flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, stems, bark, wood, etc.
Essential oils can play a role in your life through many applications.
Essential oils are the volatile, aromatic, non-water soluble liquids obtained by four primary means of extracting these aromatic compounds. from the plants to produce what are known as essential oils.
The methods used are; steam distillation, mechanical expression, solvent extraction, and carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction.
Only distillation and mechanical expression produce true essential oils, although products from the other methods, called absolutes and CO2 extracts, are used in similar ways.
Certain cold-pressed oils, such as the oils from various citrus peels, are also considered to be essential oils
Fixed or carrier oils such as olive, grapeseed, coconut etc. which are non-volatile oils composed mainly of fatty acid triglycerides and are not called essential oils.
Essential oils are complex
Essential oils are a complex network of molecules, and carry unique effects to the body. Scientists can analyze the structure of an essential oil using gas chromatography/mass spectronomy (GC/MS) methods that reveal each molecular component.
People looking for natural solutions to the toxic chemicals that are in their home, body and health care products are enjoying oils in what seem to be a limitless variety of applications
Essential Oils DAY 2 (August 23, after 10am US eastern)
Today, The Essential Oils Revolution 2 is about women’s health! But, don’t worry, there’s plenty of information for men!
Learn how to balance hormones, mood and combat stress and anxiety with nature’s medicine: essential oils!