Although essential oils have been used therapeutically for centuries, many of our customers are new to these natural remedies. Here we’ve provided some basic information about essential oils to help you feel confident about incorporating them into your lifestyle. Please also see our essential oil safety tips.
What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is a highly concentrated liquid derived from the flower, fruit, seed, leaf or bark of a plant. Essential oils are very aromatic, carrying the distinctive scent or “essence” of the plant from which they were derived. They vary in color and viscosity and, despite their name, don’t feel oily.
How are essential oils used?
Essential oils are typically diluted by mixing them with a carrier oil, such as apricot kernel oil or sweet almond oil. Essential oils can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin, either through direct massage or by adding to bathwater.
Why use essential oils?
Essential oils have natural healing properties. Many oils have potent antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal or anti-inflammatory properties. Some soothe and calm; others rejuvenate and lift the spirit. Essential oils have profound physiological and psychological effects due to their chemical make-up.
How do essential oils work?
Essential oils have a chemical composition that’s compatible with human cells. When applied to the skin, an essential oil moves throughout the body in minutes. When inhaled, the fragrance travels to the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for emotions and the formation of memories. The limbic system is also where pain is stored.
Essential oils support the body’s natural functioning, well-being and balance. Because they affect the emotional control center, essential oils can also have a positive effect on mind and spirit.