About Essential Oils

Essential Oil is the liquid from leaves, stems, flowers, roots, bark of a plant that contains the true essence of the plant. For centuries essential oils have been used for medicinal and aromatherapy purposes; physical healing, emotional healing and spirituality. Essential oils shouldn’t be confused with perfume oils as these are artificially created fragrances that are not therapeutic and cannot provide the benefits of essential oils.

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If you want to use essential oils to promote healing, quality is the most important factor to consider. The quality of an essential oil is key to it’s ultimate effectiveness (or ineffectiveness.) Food grade or synthetic oils do not help your body in healing. Only therapeutic grade oils can help heal, and the purer the oils the better.

There are many companies claiming to have “quality” or “pure” essential oils. But know, they are not all the same. Only 100% pure essential oils are the safest to use. This means that there is nothing in the bottle except for the pure extract from the plant — no weeds, no pesticides, no fillers, nothing foreign. This level of quality provides the greatest potency for wellness, with fewer or no side effects when used properly.

Don’t confuse essential oils  with perfumes or other fragrance [scented] oils. Essential oils are natural to the plant, whereas fragrance oils are chemically produced to mimic certain aromatic scents for perfumes, colognes, candles, etc.
Essential oils are extracted one of two ways: either by steam distillation or expression, or pressing. Distillation is the most prominent method used to extract aromatherapy oils, however. This technique involves steaming the plant matter until it breaks down. The byproduct of this breakdown phase is the plant’s fragrant oil, which is cooled, separated from the water and finally filtered into its pure essential oil.
Some aromatherapy oils are too concentrated to apply directly to the skin. In this case, the oil is combined with a ‘carrier’ oil or lotion to dilute its strength. Common carrier oils are almond oil, coconut oil, grape see oil. Applying stringent oils to the skin can cause harmful reactions, such as rashes or burns. Certain essential oils should be avoided if you are pregnant or have been diagnosed with a specific illness. Always check with your doctor if there is doubt.
lavender7I am rather new to using essential oils, but I’m  hooked on these as I have seen results. They really do work, and my home smells fresh and clean using some of the purifying oils to clear the air. No longer am I using plug-ins, aerosol sprays and similar to clean the air. Diffusing the essential oils is all it takes and not only cleaning the air, it is helping my body too.
There are many companies that sell essential oils, so make sure you do your homework before buying. You get what you pay for so don’t go cheap on your health. You don’t have to go overboard either. I prefer Spark Naturals essential oils as this is the brand that was introduced to me. However, I have also bought from other companies too.
Just take your time, research and you’ll love the difference a few essential oils can do.
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