What Are Essential Oils?

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.

Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile aromatic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. They are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.

In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

How To Get Essential Oils in Your Home?

If you are interested in trying one or two oils and receiving a free beginner’s guide, I can send you a sample to try. I am also available if you have more questions and would like to discuss more about essential oils. Simply contact Ann via our contact form.

If you would like to browse or purchase essential oils simply go our store here.

Quality Is Imperative

NOT all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as “natural” or “pure”, much of what you find at the drug store and online is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants. Much care goes into creating a high quality essential oil.Trusted brands should follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • Grown with NO chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc.
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with NO chemicals using the proper temperature and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils where labeled accordingly

Need to Know More?

If you are still not sure and want to know more, check out all of our essential oil training events. You can join an upcoming event or review an archived past event.