What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the subtle, highly aromatic substances, and volatile liquids excreted from specialized cells or glands of plants, and extracted from a single botanical source through distillation, or cold pressed from the fresh peel as in the case of citrus oils.
Essential oils are distilled from flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark, and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs and trees, the part of the plant yielding the maximum amount of essential oil.
Essential oils are said to represent the soul essence of a plant as they are highly concentrated, a drop or two can produce significant results.
These precious plant distillates are comprised of the active chemical properties and nutrient resources within a plant and act to protect it from bacterial and viral infections, cleansing breaks in its tissue and delivering oxygen and nutrients to its cells. Similarly essential oils deliver these same healing properties and benefits when used.
Essential oils have evolved as protection for a plant from predators and to attract pollinators. Thus the remarkable ability of essential oils to heal and protect is an inherent characteristic.
Some plants have an aroma, while others do not. Why this is so remains a mystery of nature as yet to be discovered.
When the substance of scent is still in the plant, it is called an essence. The scent you smell when breathing in the heavenly aroma of a rose is the essence. After distillation from the plant part, the aromatic substance is referred to as an essential oil.
Aromatic essential oils enhance your life force energies, or prana, as they contain the life energy of the plant. It is by inhaling their aromatic essence or through their application on your body by various methods that your own life force energies are enhanced and restored.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy means to treat with aroma through inhalation. The true practice of aromatherapy is a wedding of both science and art in the use of pure plant essential oils to enhance one’s physical, mental and emotional well-being and health.
Essential oils are highly aromatic and therefore, many of their benefits can be obtained simply by inhaling their aromatic scent.
Direct inhalation is the number one best way to use essential oils for therapeutic results.
It is well known that aroma reaches and influences the deepest human instincts. When essential oils are diffused and inhaled, aromatherapy not only delivers the calming benefits of fragrance, it also delivers the many health benefits unique to essential oils.
Essential oils penetrate. The penetrating characteristic of essential oils greatly enhances their ability to be effective. Essential oils can be diluted in carrier oil for safe application to the skin. They can penetrate through skin tissue to effectively relieve pain and promote healing, or through a toe nail to treat fungus underneath.
The use of plants and herbs is the oldest form of healing disease and pain, and the medicinal properties of plants have been recorded in the oldest writings in history, in myth, and folklore. According to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts, priests and physicians were using essential oils thousands of years before Christ to heal the sick.
In ancient times essential oils were considered more valuable than gold. There are numerous references to oils in the Bible, yet only now is science beginning to investigate the incredible healing substances found in essential oils.
Virtually everything used today in modern drugs can be traced back to a botanical source. Hippocrates is credited as having said that there is a remedy for everything to be found in Nature.
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