What Are Essential Oils?

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I have a new category in my blog: Essential Oils. Read my Essential Oils page to find out more about my new interest.

An essential oil is the “oil of” the plant from which they were extracted. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance–the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. Essential oils contain the natural substance of the plant, and are used for therapeutic benefits. (Wikipedia)

Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. Other processes include expression or solvent extraction. Many oils are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products, for flavoring food and drink, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products. Many times these oils have byproducts, and artificial substances added to them. Essential oils are not the same as perfumed or fragrant oils.

When using essential oils for health and wellness, it’s important to use therapeutic grade oils that are not adulterated. Adulterated oils contain synthetic chemicals or compounds. Adulterated oils may actually be harmful to our body, that’s why it’s important that when you buy essential oils, you purchase them from a known and trusted source. Buying essential oils on “Amazon” is not recommended. Amazon.com does not regulate the source of essential oils.

What is Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil?

I have done some research on this, and from what I’ve read, there is no official grading system to essential oils. Therapeutic grade just refers to the oils processing, meaning they have not been processed, diluted or manipulated in any way with solvents or other additives. They can also be used safely because they are in their natural form, free of fillers or artificial contaminants such as pesticides or other chemical residues.

What to look for in a quality Essential Oil?

Keep this in mind when looking for good quality essential oils: If the product’s fragrance is overbearing, it may contain synthetic chemical substitutes. A pure therapeutic-grade essential oil should have a balanced, broad fragrance profile and should smell clean., not potent.  A pure essential oil should not feel slick, thick or oily but rather absorb cleanly and completely into your skin. It should not leave an oily residue.

I’m excited about this new journey, and want to share with you what I find. I will be posting more about Essential Oils and their specific uses in heath and wellness, and how I use them each day, so check back.

 

 

 

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