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What Are Essential Oils


Essential oils are fragrant volatile liquids extracted by distillation or expression from a single botanical source. They come from various plant parts and vary in colour. They are volatile, which means they evaporate and they are not water soluble.

There are five distinct characteristics of essential oils, which make them therapeutically unique.

  • They penetrate the skin quickly and react on and within the body.
  • All pure essential oils are anti-fungal and antibacterial to a greater or lesser degree.
  • Some essential oils can promote cell renewal.
  • Essential oils have a direct and immediate effect on the mind and emotions via the sense of smell.
  • They are highly concentrated, 70 times more so than the plant from which they come.