• Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.
• Essential oils are complex chemical compounds. They are not a fatty oil like you would find in a cooking oil like olive oil or coconut oil. It is the oily liquid produced by plants for any of the various reasons that have to do with the outside world. For example, it might heal the plant, protect it from something that wants to eat it, heal it from bacteria or eliminate dangerous fungi. These oils can do for us what they can do for the plants they protect.
• When you take that precious fluid that contains the plant’s immune system and hundreds of natural protective chemicals and you super-concentrate it, what you end up with is an essential oil!
• Essential oils are non-water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. There can be hundreds of different compounds in each essential oil, each providing a different body system balancing benefit that we can take advantage of.
• Essential oils are very clean and crisp to the touch and are almost immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue. Some essential oils such as Myrrh are resins and are thick and in this case very luxurious to the skin and is used in many skin care products.
• In addition to their essential 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 oils and their effect on balancing body systems helping people lead more fulfilling lifestyles.
There are three Grade of Essential Oils
1. Perfume grade essential oils are processed simply for smell. They’re used in laundry or dish detergents or soaps, candles and room fresheners. Produced inexpensively these oils are processed using high heat usually with chemical distillation and have no therapeutic value and would be dangerous to put on your skin or take internally.
2. Food grade essential oils are used as flavorings, mostly in candy and toothpaste. The most-used food grade oil is peppermint. Like perfume grade oils, food grade oils can also be distilled under high temperatures and fast times, causing them to lose most of their therapeutic value as well. Processing essential oils under high heat will cause a lot of their therapeutic value to be destroyed. Missing even one little constituent or molecule from an essential oil changes everything that oil does.
3. Therapeutic grade means that they can be used to assist the body in making chemical changes that will allow it to come to optimal healthy balance. Pure therapeutic grade essential oils can be used on the skin, inhaled, or used internally with capsules to make huge chemical shifts in the supporting bodily functions. Doctors in the European medical community prescribe oils to be taken internally in place of pharmaceutical medicines.
The oil of a plant oil represents the “life blood” of that plant, protecting it from illness and harm. When we use essential oils, we can experience some of those same benefits. When properly distilled, essential oils are captured and the plant’s true essence is preserved. The finished product is very concentrated, potent and effective. To get an understanding of that concentration, just one drop of Peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea!
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