What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are the highly concentrated aromatic liquids extracted from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, herbs, resins and seeds through a process of distillation.
Are Essential Oils New-Age?
Essential Oils were man’s first medicine and have been used for thousands of years to help soothe body, mind and spirit. Today essential oils are used in the practice of Aromatherapy.
How do essential oils work?
Aroma plays a big role in how essential oils may affect the body. When breathed in, these plant oils stimulate smell receptors in the nose that send chemical messages through nerves to the brain’s limbic system, which affects moods and emotions and may have some physiological effects on the body, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States. (When used on the skin, the oils are absorbed into the bloodstream.)
Why cheaper is not always better.
“Many companies have jumped onto the ‘aromatic bandwagon’ solely for commercial reasons. They simply do not know the meaning of “genuine” when it is applied to essential oils. They market products that are made solely for what I call ‘recreational fragrancing.’ ~ Dr Daniel Penoel
In Aromatherapy, it is crucial to use only the purest essential oils for inhalation, application and ingestion. Avoid cheaper oils which can be adulterated with synthetic ingredients, be diluted with a carrier oil or mixed with other essential oils eg Lavendin mixed into Lavender to add to profitability. These types of ‘fragrant’ oils lack the purity and authenticity to refer to them as therapeutic-grade.
What are therapeutic-grade essential oils?
Therapeutic-grade essential oils are expertly cultivated, harvested and distilled to preserve the naturally occurring constituents in the oils as well as to retain the innate coherent vibrational frequency of the original plant materials.