As the years have gone by, essential oils have gained massive popularity. For many, these oils have become substitutes for pills and other forms of medicine; they are a more natural and safer (but almost equally as effective) alternative medicine. Yet, as popular as they have become, they can still be a mystery for many!
So, as a way to shine some light on the “essential oils craze”, this blog post will provide a bit of an introduction for individuals who are unfamiliar with these products.
Basically, in the most simplistic sense, essential oils are aromatic liquid compounds extracted from plants; they are naturally occurring compounds. Moreover, each unique aromatic liquid compound possesses varying unique characteristics/qualities.
These essential oils are usually formed through distillation; this process is usually done with steam or water (some may be done through other methods i.e. mechanical extraction). The heat from the steam allows for the liquid substance in the plants to rise and to be collected. Distillation can extract liquid components from different parts of different plants (roots, stems, flowers, etc).
Through this method we are able to extract and produce an aromatic + highly concentrated version of the natural oils in the plant. But more importantly, not only does this extracted liquid contain the aroma from the plant, it also contains any healing properties or other characteristics from the plant as well!
After the distillation, these extracts are then mixed into a carrier oil. Once that is all done, the oils are ready to use! You will have oils that are potent, volatile + aromatic, and possess unique but positive medicinal qualities.