Aromatic plants have long played an important role in human civilizations. They have been used for their therapeutic properties, wellness or for religious purposes.
The Egyptian used them (thirty-five alabaster jars that had been used to hold scented oils and unguents were discovered in king Tutankhamen’s tomb); the Greeks believed all aromatic plants to be of divine origin, and they attributed the invention of perfumes to the gods; and the Chinese aromatherapists believed that extracting a plant’s fragrance represented freeing the plant’s soul. Furthermore, the writings of the Old Testament/Torah contain numerous references to Frankincense, Myrrh and Spikenard.
Plants are humanity’s oldest medicines. Yet, in our modern world, many of these natural remedies have been replaced with mass-marketed, chemically engineered, man-made drugs that come with many serious side effects.
Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants (including their respective parts such as seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruit, etc).
One of the factors that determines the purity and therapeutic value of an oil is its chemical constituents. These constituents can be affected by a vast number of variables : the part(s) of the plant from which the oil was produced, soil condition, fertilizer (organic or chemical), geographic region, climate, altitude, harvest season and method, and distillation process.
It would be difficult, if not impossible, for chemists to successfully recreate complete essential oils in the laboratory.
Aromatic (diffused or inhaled); diffusing EO is mood-lifting, cleanses and purifies the air, supports clear breathing.
Topical; one drop of EO enters the blood system in 30 seconds and reaches the body/organs in 1 minute.
Internal; one drop under the tongue or diluted in a glass of water or a herbal tea.
Essential oil constituents are both small in molecular size and are also lipid soluble, allowing many of them to easily and quickly penetrate the skin. In fact, essential oil constituents have the potential to affect every cell of the body within twenty minutes and then be metabolized like other nutrients.
When vaporized, some essential oils, including Peppermint, produce stronger antimicrobial properties than when used in the liquid phase.
Producing the purest of oils can be very costly because it may require several hundred pounds, or even thousand pounds, of plant material to extract one pound of pure essential oil. Because the vast majority of all the oils produced in the world today are used by the perfume industry, the oils are being purchased for their aromatic qualities only.
Unnecessary high pressure and high temperature, rapid processing, and the use of chemical solvents are often employed during the distillation process so that a greater quantity of oil can be produced at a faster rate. These oils may smell just as good and cost much less but they will lack most, if not all, of the chemical constituents necessary to produce the expected therapeutic results.
*Modern Essentials Usage Guide (Eighth Edition)
Please remember that you are responsible when using Essential Oils and the information found on this website is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any illness. It should never prevent of delay you from seeking medical advice.