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What are essential oils?

Essential oils are made from the chemical molecules of plants which produce a specific fragrance. The term “essential oil” comes from the word “essence” which refers to the aroma that serves as the very essence of the plants they came from.

Although they are called essential oils, they are not to be confused with other oils, such as olive oil or flaxseed oil. These oils are referred to as “fixed oils” and they do not vaporize in the same way that essential oils do because the fixed form is heavier.

The airborne molecules of essential oils become biologically active when they are inhaled. These airborne molecules stimulate our senses which in turn send signals to our brain.

These molecules help stimulate a response from our immune system as we inhale, boosting our ability to fight infection. For example, when a person inhales eucalyptus oil it can provide relief from congestion due to sinus problems or colds.

Essential oils have been found to have so many therapeutic uses. If you plan to buy one make sure that the product has been sourced from the purest, most natural and highest quality essential oils.

Each essential oil is made up of an extremely complex mixture of several aromatic constituents. This complex chemical composition is what makes essential oils so effective for healing different conditions that may range from skin irritations to anxiety and depression.

For safety reasons, any essential oil should first be diluted before applying it on the skin. Although some essential oils such as lavender and tea tree can be used undiluted and this is the instruction provided by many aromatherapy producers, be aware that there are individuals who have extreme sensitivity to some oils.

For this reason, it is still best to dilute them first. Essential oils are usually diluted with carrier oils, such as grapeseed oil or almond oil.

Pure Essential Oils

To be certain that your essential oil does not contain any synthetic chemicals it is best to purchase your oils from trusted and established suppliers of essential oils specifically packaged for aromatherapy. Avoid the essential oils that have been produced by manufacturers that use a reprocessing or standardization procedure. These so-called essential oils are not recommended to be used in aromatherapy.

A pure essential oil has no other substances or chemicals added or removed during and after the process of extraction. For an essential oil to be labeled pure and high quality, it has to be sourced and produced from natural plant origins. To completely determine the purity of these essential oils, make sure you purchase from reputable companies.

If you use pure essential oils for your aromatherapy needs they are safe and all natural for your health and well-being.

Throughout the ages and still today, essential oil therapy has provided relief to many from a multitude of ailments and disorders. From reducing physical upsets to improving state of mind, essential oils can often be the solution or part of the solution.

With basic knowledge and a little care, there is little or no downside. Essential oils can be used in different ways and one of its greatest benefits is its background effect, that is, it works without active effort on your part.

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