What are Essential Oils
If you have ever smelled the scent of a magnolia or a rose, you have actually experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. They are naturally occurring scents that are found in flowers, roots, bark, seeds and other parts of plants. The oils are what gives a plant its own unique smell, protect them, and is an important part of pollination. But did you know that these same oils are used in foods, beauty treatments, and even for health benefits?
Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants that are great for healing purposes. They are typically created through the process of distillation which separates the oil and the water-based parts of the plant by steaming. The physical and chemical properties of essential oils allow them to move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose. Aromatherapy is the practice of using these essential oils to enhance the physical, mental and emotional health. The holistic treatment has been used for over 5000 years as a natural medicine that can help with relaxation, balance hormones, improve digestion, fight cold and flu symptoms, and even to clean the house.
The sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses that can affect mental and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors and can induce uplifting, invigorating and even calming effects. They can be used in a duffyser, sprayed in a mist over furniture and carpets, added to laundry or dryer sheets, and even in household cleaners.
Essential oils can easily penetrate the skin. They are a great addition to a massage, hot bath, or a moisturizer. The kncck, temples, chest, arms, legs, and feet bottoms are areas that benefits from the oil application.
Many essential oils are a wonderful part of our culinary recipes for both flavoring and aroma properties in the dishes. If you have ever consumed peppermint tea or fresh basil leaves in spaghetti dishes, you have experienced the internal benefits of essential oils.
It is important to choose a 100% natural essential oil that is a quality grade. Many available products are fake which means they are most likely created with synthetics. There are a huge variety of essential oils to choose from including some of the most common like lavender, tea tree, and peppermint. But, there are also wonderful blends that can help remedy a combination of symptoms. Earthsavers carries several great blends like Relax that is a blend that uses tangerine, chamomile, neroli/marjoram, rose and lavender to help with stress, anxiety, and that general worn-out feeling. If you are feeling sluggish or irritable, try Earthsaver’s Circulate blend. The sheer amount of options can be quite complicated. Before purchasing any essential oil, research the brand to make sure that it meets your needs and is the quality product that you are looking for in your essential oil.