There has been a lot of interest in essential oils lately, and that is a wonderful thing. You have probably heard a little about essential oils and how they are good for your health, but I’m here to tell you a little bit more about essential oils. The reason essential oils work so well is that plants require many of the internal mechanisms that we humans do, including hormones, anti-infectants, and various other healing factors. The human body is capable of utilizing many of those plant-based constituents, which is much easier on the body than some other treatments for the same things.
Essential oils are one of mankind’s first medicines, with documentation of its use dating back as far as 6,000 years ago on ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and ancient Chinese manuscripts. They remained popular even through the “biblical era,” which we know because the bible contains more than 200 references to essential oils in it. That is quite a history!
Essential oils can be made from any part of an aromatic plant. The part or parts of the plant used depends on the plant. With the exception of Neroli and Jasmine oils, all quality essential oils are extracted through either steam distillation or cold-pressing. Neroli and Jasmine are too sensitive to go through those processes and are therefore extracted using absolutes (grain alcohols). If the essential oil is extracted in any other way, it is probably not therapeutic. Therapeutic oils are oils those extracted in such a way to preserve the integrity of the plants’ healing qualities and are also not diluted with synthetic chemicals or adulterants.
For more information, come to Blue Horizons Wellness and talk to our helpful staff members, and keep an eye out for our essential oils classes if you’re really interested in improving your life and your health in a tremendous way!
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