what is an essential oil?
For more than 5’000 years essential oils - the highly concentrated life force of plants - have been used around the world to heal physical and psychological diseases. In the spirit of ecological conservation, it is important to understand the potency of essential oils. It takes very large quantities of plants to make even one drop of essential oil. One drop of essential oil equals in concentration to 30 cups of tea. Due to this potency, simply smelling or diffusing oils is a highly effective way by which they can enter the body.
Smelling therapeutic grade oils enables their essence to pass through the blood brain barrier and move directly to the limbic brain where emotions, memory and regulatory functions are seated. This action creates an immediate shift in the entire physical body and also brings deep transformation to the mind.
Getting essential oils from plants is done with a process called distillation, most commonly distillation by steam or water, where many parts of the plants are being used, including the plant roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark.
Essential oils are one of the highest sources of antioxidants and protect against free radical damage. They also assist in delivering nutrients inside our bodies. Essential oils make oxygen more available to tissues and cells. This trait is very precious since planetary levels of air pollution, pesticides and chemicals are rising.
Therapeutic grade essential oils naturally offer numerous healing properties, such as antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, antidepressant, anti inflammatory, anti parasitic, immunity stimulating, cell rejuvenating, oxygenating, detoxifying and cleansing. Wow!
Simply, an essential oil is the “essence’ or life force of a plant.