What is an Essential Oil?
Essential oils are naturally occurring oils that protect plants, aid in pollination, and give a plant its unique smell. These oils have been used by humans for thousands of years in cooking, beauty treatments, and for good health. In fact until the 20th century; health care was done almost completely with the use of plants. Plant oils are known as “essential” oils because the oil contains the essence of the plant. Meaning it contains the scent of the plant and the properties that make that plant unique.
Essential oils are extracted from plants by steam distillation. The oil is extremely potent, and contains the concentrated chemical makeup of the plant. Therefore, when using an essential oil as opposed to the leaves or bark of a plant, the user will only need a small amount of oil.
Aromatherapy, which means “treatment using scents” refers to the practice of using plant oils to help improve a person’s overall health. A state of wellness in which both the body and mind are at peak performance is the goal of aromatherapy. While herbal medicine and plat oils have been a part of human history for thousands of years; the term and practice of aromatherapy is a modern concept. Aromatherapy dates to the early 20th century and it’s father René Maurice Gattefossé.
Aromatherapy is not a cure for any disease; but, it can help to relieve symptoms and increase immunity within the body. Achieving overall wellness is the goal of aromatherapy and my goal as an essential oil educator. To begin your essential oil education visit the “essential oil education” page. To learn basic guidelines when working with essential oils visit the “essential oil guidelines” page. I am constantly updating the blog with posts on using your essential oils in the kitchen- to oil uses in the ancient world. To buy oils, oil accessories, and kits visit my oil shop- Orange Tree Oils