What Are Essential Oils?
We all know about the everyday power of scent: how a particular perfume reminds you of your mother, or when the smell of your favorite restaurant brings you back to your first date there. But did you know that some scents can actually improve your health? Essential oils can also help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion – their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smells. Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally. You can apply them directly onto your skin, inhaling, or use through a diffuser.
Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components. It can take a huge amount of a plant to get out even a small portion of essential oil. For example, 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses are needed to get just one pound of oil. This is why some essential oils are particularly expensive.
Essential oils are one of the greatest untapped resources of the world. The concentrated essences of various ﬂowers, fruits, herbs, trees and plants have been used for centuries all over the world, but in modern times we have forgotten their power, preferring instead to use the products of perfume and chemical companies which imitate the natural fragrances, and medicinal and cleansing properties of essential oils. Modern scientiﬁc research has proven that essential oils are potent, with remarkable healing properties.