Source of The Ten Best Essential Oils
Essential oils come from plants. They are the “essence” of the plant extracted from any part of the plant, depending on where that essence (oil) is held. For some plants the essence is in the stem, some in the leaves, some in the flowers and for some the essence is in the roots.
To obtain that essence various methods are used – again depending on what part of the plant is used. Extraction methods include steam and pressing or squeezing the plant tissues.
Not every plant has an essence which is used in Aromatherapy, only those with known healing properties.
Other industries like the cosmetic or perfumery industries use some of the same plants as used in Aromatherapy but the quality of the essence retrieved is not as high a grade as that required for healing – hence the name therapeutic.
Therapeutic grade is considered the highest grade of essential oil and it is the one used for Aromatherapy.
Uses of The Ten Best Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used in blends of different oils which work synergistically together or individually as pure oils.
There are very few essential oils which can be used directly on the skin so most essential oils which are applied to the skin must have a carrier oil into which the essential oils are mixed. Lavender and Tea Tree are the only two essential oils which can be used directly on the skin.
Essential oils work very well without carrier oils in the bath, by burner or via steam.
The quality and price will depend on the country of origin, the season of harvest, the quantity of the oil in the plant itself, the transportation of the oils, the method of extraction and the integrity of the producer.
Essential oils are a natural way to maintain or regain our health.
Take stress – we all think a massage is just the thing to relax and reduce stress, but add some essential oils which target stress and the massage is much more effective.
Lavender and Valerian used together will induce sleep on those nights when sleep is elusive.
Oils can have an uplifting effect on our moods, relieving depression and anxiety. Or they can calm us down when too excited.
For that matter, they are often a lovely way to bring out a sense of intimacy between couples.
Essential oils have amazing abilities to impact our health by reducing inflammation, easing sore muscles, decreasing fluid retention, clearing up acne, lowering or increasing blood pressure and eliminating athlete’s foot.
They are useful in the house – with cleaning, washing or disinfecting.
They can give our pets clean bedding and help with problems like sunburn and fleas.
Used in the garden they can help increase production and repel insects.
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There are cautions to be aware of in using essential oils - please be sure to read the Cautions section of the FAQ page.
The Industries Which Use Essential Oils
The qualities looked for by the cosmetic industry are those of cell rejuvenation, beautifying and mood enhancers.
In modern medicine many of the healing qualities of essential oils have been copied and produced synthetically for greater production and cheaper cost. For example Valium is an imitation of Valarian.
The food industry uses plants for aroma and flavour enhancements or as a preservative.
Again, unless the plant itself is used in cooking the oils are a synthetic variety, or are a lower grade essence.