I have used essential oils for many years due to their healing capabilities and generally because they nourish my body, mind and soul.
I utilize them in place of chemical drugs for healing due to the numerous side effects and toxins that result from drug usage, as a natural insect repellent, for cleaning my home naturally, and for cleansing and purifying the air, for wounds and injuries, for relaxation and meditation, for massage, in the bath for detoxification, sore muscles, illness, and scent.
I had to explain all this when a friend visited me at my home and saw all these different jars filled with different essential oils.
As far as I know, the use of essential oils dates back to ancient times. Our ancestors used these wonderful essences for perfumes and cosmetics, medicinal purposes, incense, religious ceremonies, and culinary purposes.
Essential oils are derived from plants primarily through steam distillation and some through methods of solvent extraction.
They are highly concentrated; therefore, small amounts of the oils are sufficient for use in various applications. For this reason it is recommended that the oils not be used directly on the skin.
Instead blend them with carrier oil such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil or any of the other vegetables oils available utilizing a ratio of 1-3% essential oil.
For starters, essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid that consists of volatile aroma compounds. Scientifically, Essential Oils are also known as ethereal oil or simply volatile oil.
These oils have earned the name "essential" for their distinctive scents or basically "the essence" derived from the plant.
Though, these oils are known to have various medicinal properties, they do not fall in the category of culinary, medical, or pharmacological, considering purpose of their use.
They are mainly extracted from aromatic plants by following various processing methods, the most common of which is steam distillation process.
Essential oils are popular for their mesmerizing aroma and healing properties which make them alluring to various health care centres, aromatherapy centres, and spas.
These oils are good for skin as they improve the skin texture, tackle acne, and enhance the glow of the skin. Some other benefits include their commercial perfumery value, owing to their enchanting aroma.
You can use these Natural Oils as per your purpose, but be careful with the purity percentage inclusive of aroma and other contents.
It is advised that when going to buy these oils you first seek advice from the professionals, so that they can show you how to use them in every aspect they are supposed to be used.
When stressed out these essential oils are a very good source of aromatherapy which calms the nerves and gives that soothing effect that a person needs at the time.
Instead of having to swallow a paracetamol every now and then when one has a headache, aromatherapy can be the ideal treatment; try some of these aromatherapies for a better lifestyle.