Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds or blossoms of a plant. The oils are extracted through steam or water distillation or by a mechanical process such as cold pressed. The oil of each plant portrays the essence or fragrance of that particular plant. Each oil has its own unique properties and what your need is will determine which essential oil is good for.
Essential oils are commonly used for aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to help make a person feel better by either smelling the oil or massaging it into the skin. It is thought that aromatherapy helps relieve pain, improve one’s mood and helps boost relaxation. Experts believe that the fragrance in essentials oils stimulate the nerves in the nose. It is believed the impulses created in the nose send signals to the part of the brain that control emotion and results in a feeling of relaxation and well-being. Essential oils are also believed to have healing qualities for minor irritations. When applied to the skin, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil and not applied directly onto the skin. These oils can also be added to a cream or lotion for a nice fragrant aroma.
Which essential oil you want to use will depend on what your ultimate goal is.
- 100% Lemon Oil is refreshing and revitalizing.
- 100% Lavender is calming and relaxing.
- 100% Eucalyptus is energizing, revitalizing and refreshing.
- 100% Peppermint Oil is uplifting, refreshing and cooling.
- 100% Rosemary Oil is energizing, purifying and invigorating.
There are many ways to incorporate an essential oil into a daily routine. Which one you pick is based on what your need or goal is.