Monday, December 29, 2008
What Are Essential Oils?
The term Essential Oil comes from the Latin word "essentia" meaning "essence" and are volatile, meaning
"to fly" because they are a liquid that quickly becomes gaseous.
Essential Oils are highly concentrated and potent oils extracted from plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and leaves or any other natural component.
Aromatherapy is the process of diffusing pure essential oils, and thus plant essences, which then are absorbed through inhalation and our sense of smell. Smell has an effect on our perceptions and how we react physically, emotionally, and mentally to our surroundings.
Various every day scents remind us of the seasons of the year, our location or situation, potential dangers or happy occasions. Essential oils may effect the physical, mental and emotional aspect of our lives.
Inhalation of essential oils may also effect the release of brain chemicals such as seratonin. Other essential oils have healing qualities when applied topically.
Essential oils are very expensive to produce, some more so than others, due to the labor intensive
process and the quantity of the plant required to produce the oil,
Approximately 400 kg of Thyme would produce 1 kg of essential oil ,
2000 kg of rose petals to make 1kg of Rose oil ,
6 tons of orange blossom to produce 1 kg of Neroli ,
and 4 million Jasmine flowers to produce 1 kg of Jasmine absolute.
Its no wonder some are so very costly.