Essential Oils 101.

Discover the life force of the plant with pure essential oils.

About Pure Essential Oils.

Pure essential oils are naturally occurring extracts from aromatic plants. They are regarded as the life force of the plant and act as a defence mechanism. When extracted, the essential oil produced is highly potent and contains its own unique healing properties.

Essential oils are volatile essences which evaporate very quickly especially once exposed to the air. The versatility of the use of essential oils and their psychological as well as physical impact on the body, make them powerful remedies. Today, scientific research has demonstrated the antiseptic effectiveness of essential oils.

They are not water soluble and yet their oily makeup allows them to penetrate the skin effectively which makes them perfect for massage with carrier oil.

Essential oils occur in the flowers, leaves woods, gums, seeds, roots, grasses and fruit rind. Once extracted, they contain their own distinctive aroma. Most impressively each essential oil has its own unique chemistry and is made up of hundreds of individual chemical components. Even the same plant grown in different regions, or plants picked at different times of the season will produce slightly different chemistry in the essential oil

The majority of pure essential oils are steam or water distilled, whereby the plant material is placed in a stainless steel vat and steam or boiling water is circulated through the plant material. The essential oils are liberated by the heat and removed from the plant material with rising steam. As the steam moves further away from the plant material and cools, the water and essential oils begin to separate. The plant part, the quality of the still, the temperature and pressure are all fundamental to the quality and purity of the essential oil extracted

With most citrus fruits, the essential oil is cold pressed (expressed) from the rind of the fruit. This involves rupturing or rasping the outer protective layer of the fruit to release the essential oil in the peel.

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