Overview of Essential Oils
Essential oils are the aromatic part of a plant and come from various parts of the plants such as the flowers, stems, roots, bark, or leaves. Essential oils are usually obtained through steam distillation with the exception of citrus oils which are usually cold pressed. Essential oils have many therapeutic properties, in fact, it is the aromatic part of the plant that offers the plant its protection, its ability to heal itself, and attract things to it.
Using essential oils has been around since biblical times. In fact, two of the most known biblical uses of essential oils are the gifts of frankincense and myrrh. In addition to biblical use, the Egyptians also used essential oils. The Egyptians used essential oils for many things including perfumes, cosmetics and in their mummification process. The term “aromatherapy” however, was not actually coined until 1937. Renee Gattefosse, a chemist and a perfumer, coined the term. He was also the first individual to write a book about the subject.
Today when you hear the term, “aromatherapy,” your first thought may lead you to think of the scented oils that aromatherapy practitioners use to help someone with a health concern. Others may think of the use of essential oils in products such as natural body lotions, skin care, room fresheners, aromatherapy diffusers, roll-ons, and body massage oils. Whatever you may think of, Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to influence ones physical and emotional concerns. Our nose truly knows what we need and our sense of smell is our most powerful sense! It is amazing how the essential oils affect our bodies as they travel through our sense of smell and through our skin. I hope you enjoy our brief essential oil guide to give you a quick insight it to their many uses.
Aromatherapy or Essential Oil Therapy is amazing in that it promotes a healthy balance within the body, mind, and soul!