Essential Oils
....are the volatile plant essences, in their purest most concentrated form, that have been extracted for use in aromatherapy. An oil is "essential" in that it carries the essence of the plant it was extracted from.


What's in an Essential Oil?

     Essential oils are made up of very tiny particles that enter the body either through the nose, by breathing, or through the skin where topically applied.  This is why they are also called volatile oils because they evaporate or turn to gas quickly.  The definition of volatile is to be vaporous.

     Essential Oil is not valuable just because it has a pleasing fragrance aroma.  There are over 100 different components in essential oil which promote and encourage healing both internally and externally. Science is just beginning to identify these compounds and how they do what they do. The primary chemicals found in essential oils are:


  • terpenes
  • alcohols
  • aldehydes
  • esters
  • ketones
  • phenols

          

    Did you know that essential oils come from all over the world? If the same plant is grown in two different geographical regions the oils from those two plants will differ in the strength of their chemical makeup and beneficial properties. 

     What that means is that depending on where the oil originated it might be more healing for a particular condition than that same oil grown in another country.  This is due to the oil containing more or stronger acting chemical compounds.

     Essential oils with similar healing properties and attributes are combined and blended to make a synergy to treat a particular condition. You may also blend essential oils simply to make your own custom aromatherapy fragrance.


How Essential Oils Work:

     When you breathe in the aroma of an essential oil, the molecules of the oil stimulate receptor cells in your nose. These receptors then transmit information to a area of the brain known as the Limbic system. This system is responsible for managing your emotions, hormones and senses. Molecules also are absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs.

     When applied topically, the molecular structure of the essential oil is very small so it easily passes through your skin and into your bloodstream. The  beneficial properties of the oil then enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body effecting their beneficial results. Some oils are absorbed more readily than others because each volatile oil is different in chemical makeup and particle size.

     Essential oils can have various properties and attributes.  Their uses include:


  • Healing wounds
  • Stimulating and energizing
  • Promoting relaxation and sleep
  • Relieving sinus and lung congestion
  • Use as a antibacterial agent
  • Use as a anti-fungal agent
  • As a circulatory stimulant
  • Relieving muscle tension
  • Relieving headaches
  • Aiding digestion
  • Relieving menstrual cramps
  • Promoting skin health
  • Regulating hormones
  • As a Insect repellent
  • As a stimulant for the immune system
  • Used as an anti-inflammatory agent


That's a long list of good things!





Things to Remember when Purchasing Essential Oils:


  • Buy from well known suppliers of essential oils.
  • Read labels and check for purity.
  • Beware of every oil costing the same price. Some oils do cost more than others.
  • The bottles should be made of glass and be either blue or dark amber in color to prevent light from reaching the contents.
  • Store your oils away from heat, light and little hands (children.) A cool dark place is ideal conditions for maintaining the quality.
  • Beware of synthetic or artificial fragrances. You want the real plant essence not a fake chemical scent. Synthetics don't offer you the same health benefits as pure natural essential oils extracted from plant sources.
  • Beware of diluted oils.  Oils might be stretched with vegetable oil, alcohol or chemicals.
  • Use opened bottles within one year.


     I have assembled some of the most popular brands of essential oils from top suppliers in our online Amazon store. If you visit there you can see the wide variety of available oils.

See Essential Oils from our Online Store

      

     Be sure to checkout the essential oil profiles. As you can see there are more than just a few so how do I know what oil to use?

   

My Favorite Aromatherapy Resource is the Reference Guide for Essential Oils.

Inside you will find detailed information on each essential oil. The Reference Guide comes with a handy pocket guide which is just the right size to take with you. The Reference Guide is available from Diffuser World who is the leader in supplying aromatherapy diffusers worldwide!