Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor, or “essence,” of their source.
Essential Oils Defined
As naturally occurring volatile aromatic compounds, essential oils (EO’s) are found in nature. They are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. The type of compounds in an EO determines both the oils’ aroma and the benefits it offers. These essences can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. When essences are extracted from plants, they become essential oils. Essential oils are basically the liquefied versions of the plant parts!
Volatile Aromatic Compounds (VAC’s)
The word “volatile” may cause concern so let’s define volatile aromatic compounds. VAC’s are defined as Organic molecules that tend to change from a solid or liquid state to gas at room temperature. They are called this because they change state quickly. The properties of the VAC’s that compose EO’s allow them to quickly move through the air. Also, it allows direct interaction with the sensors in the nose. When you open a bottle of essential oil you notice the aroma because of the intense VAC’s. You can smell it immediately. Typically even from some distance, also. Using these compounds from plants to help maintain a healthful mind and body as well as topical applications.
Pure Essential Oils
Pure or true essential oils are isolated by physical methods only and this includes distillation. The types of distillation include steam, steam and water, and water or expression, also known as cold pressing and are used with citrus oils. Another method of oil isolation is specific to a limited number of plants. This is a maceration or distillation where the plant material is macerated in warm water to release the enzyme-bound EO.
The composition of a pure EO varies because of many outside factors. These include the time of day harvested, the season, its location, the method and duration of growth, the distillation process, and even the weather.
Because of this, each step of the production process is critical to the overall quality of the EO. Keep in mind that essential oils made by processes that modify its chemistry are not considered true and pure essential oils!
Applications and Benefits
Used for many wellness applications, essential oils are great for aromatherapy. They can also support a holistic lifestyle. The desired benefits that you want will determine which oils or oil blends you will use also along with how you will use them. Your sense of smell may also determine which oils you use. Give them a try and see what these AMAZING natural and wellness supporting solutions can do for you! Over 3,000 varieties of VAC’s have been identified so far. Because of this, you are sure to find a scent you love. You should also be able to find an essential oil that will support your health with natural benefits!
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not and these statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please consult your medical provider before using essential oils also.
thanks for the information. This one is such a good read. I have essential oils and it really works with body pains
Thanks Lee-Be Well!