Essential oils are the elemental ‘life force’ of aromatic plants. They are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They offer hundreds of organic components, including hormones, vitamins and other wholesome ingredients that offer restoration on many levels. Traditional wisdom has taught us that essential oils are useful for fragrance, food preparation, beauty treatments, physical health care as well as emotional support.
Essential oils are more than nice scents. There are significant differences between synthetic fragrance oils and pure essential oils. Synthetic oils that duplicate smells of pure botanicals are produced from aromatic chemicals. They may smell nice but they do not carry the benefits of true essential oils and are often full of toxins.
They can be used a single oil at a time or blended with other oils. Here are ways they can be used:
- Topically: Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin for a variety of effects including deep cleansing, nourishing, rejuvenating and balancing. Many can be safely applied topically when used in conjunction with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil. (Always read and follow all label warnings and cautions).
- Internally: Some essential oils have a substantial culinary history are used as dietary supplements to remedy various health conditions. (Always read and follow all label warnings and cautions).
- Aromatically: Diffusing essential oils make the home smell wonderful and many are known to cleanse and purify the air. Some diffused oils can be invigorating (like citrus or peppermint), while others can be calming and soothing (like lavender).