Do you enjoy the scent of a flower, a garden or a fresh squeezed orange peel? That experience is an example of the aromatic qualities of essential oils.
Essential oils are found and extracted from bark, seeds, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of the plant using two main techniques:
1. Low-Heat Distillation: Essential oils are most often extracted from plants through distillation, a process in which steam is circulated under pressure through plant material, liberating the plant’s aromatic compounds into the steam. As the steam cools, the mixture condenses and the essential oils are collected in their purest form.
2. Cold Pressed: A process used to extract oils from citrus rinds by using low heat and pressure.
When selecting which plants are to be used for essential oil production, it is important that the plant is grown in the correct soil, temperature, and climate. When these factors are optimal, the plant will be able to reach its highest potency.
When oils contain fillers or other elements that dilute and alter their purity, their ability to function at their highest capacity is compromised. In order to enjoy all the benefits of essential oils, they must be used in their purest form.
How to use essential oils?
1. Aromatic: The volatile nature of essential oils allows them to be easily evaporated and diffused throughout a larger space. Using this application method helps create an atmosphere where several individuals can enjoy the calming, stimulating, and soothing benefits of essential oils.
2. Topical: Essential oils are safely and easily absorbed by the skin allowing you to use a variety of topical application techniques to different parts of your body.
3. Internal: Whether you are taking capsules or the oil itself, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions.