The Essentials of Essential Oils
What are essential oils and how do they help us feel better?
What the scientists say
Essential oils are composed of plant molecules that are highly volatile, complex chemical structures created in nature. They are known to be the life force of the plant – concentrated energy that collects in the secretory system of plants and supports their metabolic functions.
What that means to us
Essential oils are substances made by plants that smell awesome and help us feel good.
No matter which way you describe them, we believe essential oils are nature’s life force. They capture the powerful healing qualities of the plants from which they are derived. Not only that, they have remarkable therapeutic properties and have been used in traditional cultures for centuries to enhance physical, mental and emotional states of being.
Let’s find out how.
Where do they come from?
Essential oils come from various species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves and trees. They are, on average, 80 times more potent than the dried herb.
How are they created?
Essential oils are extracted from plants through a variety of methods.
Cold expression is a technique used exclusively to harvest citrus essential oils. The outer skin, or rind of citrus fruit is put under pressure so that the essential oil is expressed and can be collected.
Solvent and CO2 extraction are two methods that we avoid because the result is not truly an essential oil. Solvent extraction produces a liquid called an absolute, and CO2 extraction produces an extract.
Steam distillation is the primary way that true essential oils are collected from plant material and is the only technique we believe creates pure, unadulterated essential oils.
How steam distillation works
Fact: Essential oils aren’t actually oils.
The term “essential oil” is a misnomer that's been in the industry since the beginning. Through the distillation process, the essence of the plant floats on top of the water, so it resembles an oil because acts like an oil.
What do they do?
Essential oils not only capture the concentrated aroma of the plant they are derived from, but they also harness the healing power of their original plant source. Each essential oil has its own special power.Peppermint essential oil creates a cooling, tingling effect that is known to help relieve pain, tension and headaches. Lavender essential oil helps calm the body and mind so you can relax.
Fact: Essential oils work together synergistically.
Like the lines on a football team working together to score, essential oils can work in teams to remedy a particular ailment. Check out our Natural Healing [link to category page] collection to explore some blends that we have formulated to tackle things like colds, coughs, allergies and headaches. Go team!
How do I use them?
Almost anything in your medicine cabinet can be replaced with an essential oil-based alternative. From pain and stress management to aiding sleep and soothing allergies, essential oils can provide wholistic treatments for ailments from head to toe.
Essential oils have health benefits that can be accessed by breathing them in, by applying them directly to your skin, and by adding them to the air around you with a diffuser.
On the skin
When you apply an essential oil blend to your throat, chest, or legs, the essential oils are entering your bloodstream directly through your hair follicles and fatty tissue in between your cells.
Some essential oils are so potent that, depending on your environment and your skin type, they can be too harsh to be applied straight to the skin. We blended our Natural Healing line with pure, neutral and skin-friendly carrier oils for safe, topical application. This way, you always know you’re accessing the benefit of essential oils without risk.
Breathe them in
Inhaling essential oils is also an efficient way to connect your bloodstream — and your mind — to the healing power of plants. Your sense of smell taps into one of the most ancient parts of the brain: the amygdala. Before we can even process language, we can identify thousands of smells, and use our sense of smell to understand our world.
Pick up any one of our remedies, take off the lid and hold it under your nose. If you like the smell, it might be a good remedy to start with. Your nose will not lead you off course.
Add to your air
Essential oils can also be suspended in water and misted directly onto your skin, above your head or into the air. You can also add them to an ultrasonic diffuser, which uses cold steam to disperse a cool mist into the air.
The sad truth is that many essential oils on the market can be nature-identical, synthetic or adulterated in some way, and it takes the real thing in a 100% natural product to be truly effective and beneficial to our health.
We are committed delivering the very best the world has to offer in support of your wellness. Come visit us at one of our 60+ locations, or chat with us online to learn more about our essential oil-based products.