ESSENTIAL OILS 101 – WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

Welcome to the first post in my essential oils series! To read last weeks introduction to the series click here.

If you’ve had little to no experience with essential oils, you’re probably wondering, “What exactly are essential oils?”

Understanding what essential oils are, where they come from, and how they are made will help you see why they are useful, and why they have been popular for centuries. While there is a lot of science involved in essential oils, you definitely don’t have to be a chemist to understand what they are and how they work.

If you’ve ever enjoyed the scent of a flower, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. Essential oils not only give plants their distinctive smells, but they also protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. Inherently, essential oils are basic compounds found in nature.

These naturally occurring, aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

The physical and chemical properties of these aromatic compounds that compose essential oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose. Such unique properties make essential oils ideal for applications inclusion in aromatherapy, as well as other applications. The type of aromatic compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s aroma and the benefits it offers.

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. I personally like to use them to set the tone in our house, by diffusing either uplifting, or calming blends, depending on the time of day. I also reap their benefits by adding them to my homemade cleaning products. Essential oils can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on what exactly it is you are looking for.

Want to learn how to use essential oils? Come back next week for my post on how to safely use essential oils.

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What is your favourite scent or flavour? I’d love to hear in the comments.

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