What are Essential Oils?
Have you ever wondered what are essential oils? Where do essential oils come from?
Essential oils are an fragrant, vital fluid distilled from flowers, shrubs, leaves, trees, roots, and seeds. Because they are necessary for the life of the plant and play a vital role in the biological processes of the vegetation, these substances are called “essential” because they carry the life-blood, intelligence, and vibrational energy that endow them with the healing power to sustain their own life—and help the people who use them.
Before starting your blend it is necessary to understand how essential oils work in general, as well as learn about their unique characteristics. Study their aroma profiles so you will know which ones will work for your blend.
Since essential oils are derived from a natural plant source, you will notice that the oil does not leave an “oily” or greasy spot. Unlike fatty vegetable oils used for cooking (composed of molecules to large to penetrate at a cellular level), essential oils are a non-greasy liquid composed of tiny molecules that can permeate every cell and administer healing at the most fundamental level of our body. Their unique chemical makeup allows them to pass through the skin and the cell membranes where most needed. When applied to the skin, they quickly are absorbed and go right to action. (Note: Be sure to check with the safety guidelines before applying any essential oil to the skin.) Because of their structural complexity, essential oils are able to perform various functions with just a few drops diffused in the air or applied to the skin.
Modern medicine has attempted to replicate the chemical constituents and healing capabilities of essential oils, but cannot. Man-made pharmaceuticals lack the intelligence and life-force found in the healing oils. Most synthetic prescriptions have several undesirable side effects—even some that are detrimental.
In general, essential oils have no serious side effects that are deadly. Many people have reported authentic healing when using them—though everyone may not experience the same results as family history, lifestyle, and diet plays a significant role in the body’s healing process. Essential oils work together in harmony, making them inherently safe, unlike when multiple prescription drugs are taken, causing drug-interaction.
Some of the aromatic plants and their parts in which essential oils come from include trees, grasses, fruit, leaves, flowers, bark, needles, roots and seeds.
- Trees (sap, gums, resins): Frankincense, Myrrh, Benzoin
- Grasses: Lemongrass, Citronella
- Fruit (peels, rind): Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Lime
- Leaves (twigs): Eucalyptus, Tea Tree
- Flowers: Rose, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine
- Leaves, Flowering Tops, Stalks: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Thyme, Basil, Marjoram, Geranium
- Bark: Cinnamon, Rosewood
- Needles: Pine, Spruce, Fir
- Flowering Tops: Rosemary, Lavender
- Roots: Ginger, Angelica
- Plant (whole): Peppermint, Spearmint
In some cases, one plant may produce multiple oils such as the Orange tree. From its leaves and twigs, the oil of Petitgrain is extracted, while Sweet Orange essential oil comes from the peel of its fruit and Neroli, a rich floral essence is extracted from its flower blossoms. Amazingly, all three essential oils, though they come from the same plant are all unique with differences in odor and therapeutic properties.
All essential oils have their own unique medicinal properties, characteristics and therapeutic benefits which will differ depending on the soil, climate, and altitude of the countries where the plants were grown.
These plant substances that have been extracted into essential oils are used in aromatherapy to promote well-being and good health. While the term aromatherapy can seem ambiguous, “scent” is only one aspect of aromatherapy as you will discover many more dramatic benefits for healing the body, mind and spirit.
Modern medicine has attempted to duplicate the chemical constituents and healing capabilities of essential oils, but cannot. Man-made pharmaceuticals lack the intelligence and life-force found in the healing oils. Most synthetic prescriptions have multiple undesirable side effects even some that are deadly.
Essential oils have no serious side effects that are deadly. Many people have reported authentic healing when using them though everyone may not experience the same results as family history, lifestyle, and diet plays a significant role in the body’s healing process. Essential oils work together in harmony, making them inherently safe, unlike when multiple prescription drugs are taken, causing drug interaction.
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