Have you have ever relished the scent of a rose? Then you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils.
What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is a very complex collection of different plant chemicals. It’s distilled naturally from different parts of the plant, such as the…
- Bark (Cassia, Cinnamon)
- Branches/Leaves (Douglas Fir)
- Buds (Clove)
- Flowers (Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang)
- Leaves (Basil, Cilantro, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Melaleuca, Marjoram, Oregano, Patchouli, Thyme, Wintergreen)
- Needles (White Fir)
- Resin (Frankincense, Myrrh)
- Rinds (peel) (Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Wild Orange)
- Roots (Ginger, Spikenard, Vetiver)
- Seeds (Cardamom, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel)
- Wood (Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Sandalwood)
Sometimes referred to as volatile aromatic compounds, essential oils give a plant its aroma and protect it from insects and pathogens.
The chemical makeup of volatile aromatic compounds in essential oils allows them to disperse quickly through the air. That is why you instantly smell them when you open the bottle – even from across the room. The compounds literally jump into the air and interact with your brain’s olfactory sensors.
The oil is stored in little glands that the plants have. The oils are used for things like warding off insects and warding off pathogens for the plant. Its for the plants protection.
What we’ve found is that we can take that oil, distill it and use it for our benefit as well. What protects the plant, protects us.
To learn how we get these oils out of these plants, click here.
If you’re wondering how essential oils might be applicable to your lifestyle, click here.