Aromatherapy Essential oils are highly concentrated extractsfrom plants, herbs and flowers. There are more than 300 types of oils that canbe extracted. The term "100% pure and natural essential oil" is usedto describe oils that contain only the extract of a particular plant. They are75-100 times more potent than dried herbs and should be used with care. Theyare also sensitive to sunlight and should be stored in dark bottles and kept ina cool area.
These oils have distinctive therapeutic, psychological and physiologicalproperties that improve health and prevent illness. All essential oils haveunique 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 an influence on it. Theresidue gets dispersed from the body naturally. They can also affect our mindand emotions. They enter the body in three ways: by inhalation, absorption andconsumption.
Some of them are light liquids, insoluble in water and evaporate instantly whenexposed to air. It would take 100 kg of Lavender to yield 3 kg of Lavender oil;and 8 million Jasmine flowers to yield barely 1 kg of Jasmine oil. Some ofthese aroma oils are very expensive. They are used singularly or in combinationto bring about restorative and curative processes in the mind and body,offering a gentle alternative to medicinal drugs.