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What are Essential Oils?

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An essential oil is a natural product extracted from a single plant species that is found in the roots, stems leaves, flowers or fruits. Essential oils are usually extracted through steam distillation, solvent or cold pressing. 

Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that's ready for use.

The Escentsual collection contains an extensive range of 100% pure, natural and organic essential oils, essential oil blends, massage and healing oils to improve your health and wellbeing.

History

Uses of essential oils may be traced back to the 3rd Century BC. The Egyptians began to experiment with the use of plant essences. Some of these perfumes become the most sought-after commodities in international trade.

During Cleopatra's reign, rose petals were strewn along the waters of the Nile in preparation for the Queen's procession down the river. As the oils evaporated, a heady aroma led her people into a blissful ecstasy surrounding her beauty. One wonders how much of her glory came from the magic of the essence from the rose petals.

It is amazing to think of the clarity of medicine in the ancient world with the Romans, Egyptians and Greeks all contributing to the great knowledge we have today. The first recording we have of plants used in aromatherapy is at the time of ancient Greeks when flower petals were steeped in oil to make perfumed oil which they used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.

How do essential oils work?

Essential oils are used in aromatherapy, which is a form of alternative medicine. They hold the vital force of the plant and these we can use for healing. Some essential oils have beautiful fragrances and inhaling them can bring about changes in mood. The oils themselves are made up of many minute molecules.

Since our skin is semi-permeable, they are able to pass right through and it only takes about 20 mins for the oils to fully pass through the skin. Our circulatory system is so fast that the oils are quickly circulated around the body to the places which need the healing. Getting the oils onto the skin is the most effective way to use them and they are best used diluted with a carrier oil. 

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Last modified on 15 December 2018

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