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 describe oils that contain only the extract of a particular plant. They are 75-100 times more potent than dried herbs and should be used with care. They are also sensitive to sunlight and should be stored in dark bottles and kept in a cool area.
These oils have distinctive therapeutic, psychological and physiological properties that improve health and prevent illness. All essential oils have unique healing and valuable antiseptic properties. Some oils are anti-bacterial, anti- biotic, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, hormone regulating, anti-depressant, stimulating, relaxing and expectorating. Some support digestion and have diuretic properties too.
Essential oils get absorbed into our body and exert an influence on it. The residue gets dispersed from the body naturally. They can also affect our mind and emotions. They enter the body in three ways: by inhalation, absorption and consumption.
Some of them are light liquids, insoluble in water and evaporate instantly when exposed 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 of these aroma oils are very expensive. They are used singularly or in combination to bring about restorative and curative processes in the mind and body, offering a gentle alternative to medicinal drugs.