What are essential oils

What are essential oils?

by admin on January 9, 2012

Essential oils are the essence of distiled aromatic plants, usualy obtained by steam distilation.

Aromatic plants produce fragrant essences in secretory cells, using nutrients from the soil and water, light and warmth
from the sun in a process called photosynthesis. These naturally occuring plant essences attract beneficial insects, such as bees, to help pollination and deter less friendly insects that would otherwise eat or damage the plant.

In many aromatic plants the secretory cells are near the surface, located in flowers and leaves.
Essential oils are very concentrated and powerful, and are greatly diluted before use. In a massage oil, for example, the dilution of essential oil in base oil is around 2 or possibly 3%. Essential oils are only rarely used undiluted, and in very specific instances. They are also highly volatile and evaporate quickly when exposed to the air, so they are best kept in airtight, dak glass bottles.

How are essential oils used?

There are several different ways of using essential oils including aromatherapy( the main ‘tool of trade’ for an aromatherapist) or at home for different purposes such as bath, steam inhalation, hot and cold compresses, blending them into face creams and body lotions, using them in hair care and as room fragrances and personal pefumes.

Perhaps the most common way to use them at home is by adding a few drops to a bath.However, there is far more to this than simply choosing a bottle of essential oil at random and adding a few drops to your bath water!

You can use essential oils for beauty, moods and emotions, massage, healing and as a meditation aid. Knowing how and what blends to use is important in order to get the result you are looking for… this will be explained in more details in the next categories.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet Briggs March 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

Thankyou for visiting our site http://www.simplyessentialuk.co.uk as it has brought me to yours which is interesting and the startings of an interesting collection of facts and recipes – I look forward to further posts.


Ellis Richards January 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Essential Oil are a great way to affect your mind, body, and spirit. They have been proven with the science and practice of Aromatherapy to be effective in treating physical and emotional issues. They are also helpful in supporting your spiritual growth. The molecules of essential oils are very tiny and are easily absorbed into the skin or inhaled. They spread throughout the body quickly. They effect the energetic systems of the aura and chakras through their connection with the plants they are derived from. Because of their powerful effect on the body and easy absorption, essential oils should be diluted with carrier oils before using on the skin. All of our Attunement Oils are properly diluted in almond and jojoba oils and only use 100% pure essential oils, the highest quality available. Where possible, organic essential oils are used.


Armand Norris May 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

You’ll need base oil if you plan to make your own bath oil, and the great news is that you don’t have to use very expensive oil. There are countless varieties to choose from, and grapeseed, almond, and jojoba oil are some of the best known ones. The more affordable base oils include olive oil, coconut oil, or even sunflower oil. Olive oil makes a great base for homemade bath products because it’s affordable, has lots of nourishing (and anti-aging) qualities, and most of us have it in our kitchen cupboards already. You could use as little as a half a cup of base oil with a few drops of the essential oils added to it to make a pre-mixed oil.


Mildred Z. Oconnor May 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Quality essential oils can be a bit pricey and I’ve had friends who are interested in using essential oils but seem a little unsure about where to begin. There are a handful of essential oils that I use most often and that I would recommend as basics if you’re just getting started.


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