Essential Oils 101

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Aromatherapy has gained a lot of attention and popularity in the last 5 years. Being naturally derived from plants, essential oils can be an excellent way to take advantage of the plants medicinal properties.

What is the process?
The most common processing of essential oil is through the steam distillation method.


Essential Oil Distiller

After gathering your desired plant you would place the plant material in the distiller. The distiller heats up to the desired temperature, depending on the plant material and produces the essential oil byproduct called hydrosol. The essential oil gathers on top of the hydrosol, where it is then separated and collected.The entire process can take about 36 hours.

It takes an immense amount of plant material to produce essential oil. To give you some perspective, it takes 63 rose petals to produce 1 drop of rose essential oil.

What are some of the uses and benefits for essential oils? 

Some of the most common uses and potential benefits for essential oils as stated by the House of Aromatics are listed below.

  • Colds, sore muscles, cuts, bites, stings, bruises, immune enhancement, internal/external infections.
  • Calming, relaxing, uplifting, energizing, visualizing, dreaming, mental clarity, nature enhancement, creates sensitivity.
  • Anti-septic/bacterial/viral/fungal/spasmodic or analgesic treatment

Essential oils may be applied directly to skin in most cases in a 3% oil dilution, 1-3 drops to affected area, or use topically as perfume. Do not over do! Diffuse via steam or gentle heat, dilute 15-20 drops per ounce of carrier oil for slow absorption and extended use. Consult your midwife if pregnant or for infants. Handle carefully with children, elders and pets. Use with Wisdom & Intention.

How do you know if you are getting a quality essential oil?

I think the best way to know if you are getting a quality essential oil is by doing a little bit of your own research on the company. Don’t let the names fool you, there are many essential oil companies out there. Although some have made claims on having “therapeutic grade essential oil”, there is no grading or quality control of any essential oil that is produced in the United States.

We integrate essential oils from local producer Rootfoot in every session, as part of our signature massage experience.

 

Disclaimer
The information presented in this is for informational, reference and educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by a health care professional. Although, the information presented herein is based on material provided by sources deemed reliable, we do not presume to give any medical advice.
Anyone wishing to use this information should share it with his or her health care provider before embarking on any therapeutic program. It is your responsibility to discuss any alternative or natural remedy with your health care provider before using it as it may harm rather than benefit. Many medical doctors are not acquainted with alternative or herbal remedies. Share this information with them so they may learn, too, or find a medical practitioner who is familiar with them.

Sources:

  1. Bresselsmith, Eric. “What Are Essential Oils.” What Are Essential Oils » House of Aromatics. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 June 2017.
  2. “Education.” Rootfoot. N.p., n.d. Web.
  3. Rose photo credit; istockphoto.com
  4. Essential Oil photo credit; rootfoot.com

 

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