WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS
Getting to know the essence of healing
Plants are Nature’s chemical factories. They produce a wealth of natural chemicals to survive and
thrive in their habitats: for everything from fighting infections of bacteria and fungus, warding
off harmful insects, healing tissue damage, attracting honey bees and birds with sweet smells, and
much more. Since ancient times people have learned that they too can use these properties of plant
essences to improve their own health and wellbeing.
Essential oils are the distilled natural essences of these healing plants. There are only two ways
to produce pure essential oils. The most common way is by steam distillation, in which only natural
elements of heat and water are used. The other method, known as 'cold pressed' and often used for
citrus oils, is simply to apply pressure to citrus peels to express the essences contained therein.
Both of these methods can yield 100% pure and natural essential oils, free of contamination and
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Life
Essential oils are an ideal way to incorporate ancient traditions of knowledge and practice of
healing plants into our contemporary lifestyles. This is because they contain the healing essences
of plants in a convenient and portable form. Each oil is compact and potent. It only takes a few drops
added to your baths, lotions, soaps, and shampoos, or a few drops in a burner or diffuser, and you're
already starting to benefit from the natural health properties of plants.
If stored properly, in air-tight dark bottles out of heat and direct light, essential oils can
last for several years.
The best way of learning about essential oils is to see what they can do for your own body and mind.
So read up on a couple of oils, give them a try, and in no time you'll find yourself setting out on
a rich and rewarding journey into the ancient wisdom of healing plants.
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