Today, many are discovering the powerful properties of essential oils for use in everyday life. Essential oils are pure essences that come from the seeds, bark, stems, leaves, and fruits of plants. The quality of essential oils is dependent upon the unique chemical constituents found in the essential oil.
Variables that affect the constituent chemicals in a particular essential oil include climate, soil, region, altitude, harvest season, method of distillation and parts of the plant from which the oil was produced.
Most oils produced today are used by the perfume industry and are only used for their aromatic qualities. To distill these oils for use in manufacturing perfume, high pressure and high temperature is used along with chemical solvents in the process of distillation. While these oils may smell just as good and cost much less, they lack the therapeutic chemical constituents found in a certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil.
The use of low pressure and low temperature is critical when producing the highest quality essential oil that is pure, fragrant and therapeutic in value. Essential oils are complex substances, with powerful chemical constituents, similar to vitamins and minerals found in whole foods.
While chemists may be able to replicate a particular chemical constituent from an essential oil they are not able to replicate the entire oil with all of its chemical properties and therefore all of its therapeutic value. Essential Oils that are of the purest type, having no adulteration and having been properly harvested will yield a therapeutic value useful in holistic health.
Essential oils are molecular in size and contain immune-enhancing properties found in the original plant. They contain oxygen molecules that help cells absorb nutrition and act as antioxidant scavengers for free radicals in the body. There are many other characteristics to essential oils that are antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiviral and antiseptic in nature as well as detoxifying to cells. While essential oils are performing these valuable functions, the body is being restored to homeostasis and balance.
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and were man’s first medicine. Today with the complexity and cost of health care many people are turning to natural means to address minor to more complex health issues. Essential oils have a history of effectiveness and a role to play in today’s modern world of personal health and wellness.
Next article will discuss various methods of using essential oils in every day life.