Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants,herbs and flowers. There are more than 300 types of oils that can be extracted.The term "100% pure and natural essential oil" is used to describeoils that contain only the extract of a particular plant. They are 75-100 timesmore potent than dried herbs and should be used with care. They are alsosensitive to sunlight and should be stored in dark bottles and kept in a coolarea.
These oils have distinctive therapeutic, psychological andphysiological properties that improve health and prevent illness. All essentialoils have unique healing and valuable antiseptic properties. Some oils areanti-bacterial, anti- biotic, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, hormoneregulating, anti-depressant, stimulating, relaxing and expectorating. Somesupport digestion and have diuretic properties too.
Essential oils get absorbed into our body and exert aninfluence on it. The residue gets dispersed from the body naturally. They canalso affect our mind and emotions. They enter the body in three ways: byinhalation, absorption and consumption.
Some of them are light liquids, insoluble in water andevaporate instantly when exposed to air. It would take 100 kg of Lavender toyield 3 kg of Lavender oil; and 8 million Jasmine flowers to yield barely 1 kgof Jasmine oil. Some of these aroma oils are very expensive. They are usedsingularly or in combination to bring about restorative and curative processesin the mind and body, offering a gentle alternative to medicinal drugs.