Essential Oils

What is an essential oil?

Essential   oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots,   flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully   fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of   lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic   qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive   smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and   disease and play a role in plant pollination.

Essential   oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds.   Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found   in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to   the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated   essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep   blue.

Try this at home: Squeeze the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue   on your hand is full of essential oils.

In   addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to   people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for   their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends   towards more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new   discovery of essential oil health applications.