Organic Essential Oils
An essential oil is a pure plant extract with an aroma that is at least 70-100 times more concentrated than the herb or plant from which it is extracted. Not all plants contain essential oils, and only a small number are of high therapeutic quality. Essential oils are not fragrances or perfumed oils – these are constructed in a laboratory and contain chemicals and lack therapeutic properties altogether.
Pure essential oils are obtained from plants or herbs through careful extraction via distillation (steam distillation is the most common) or cold pressing. The oils are derived from many different plant parts, such as leaves, grass, roots, bark, gums, flowers, fruit and berries — whichever part of the plant that delivers the therapeutic goods. Unlike chemically manufactured perfumed oils, essential oils are always used in their pure form.
Essential oils are volatile, which means that they evaporate once they are exposed to direct heat, light, air and moisture. Because of their evaporative nature, it is important to store essential oils in a cool, dry place away from light and heat. Essential oils dissolve in pure alcohol as well as in fats and oils, but they are not soluble in water.
One of the greatest healing abilities of essential oils is that they are all antiseptic and antibacterial to some degree. They help stimulate skin cell renewal and affect the way you think and feel. As mentioned, they help your body’s curative and restorative mechanisms when under stress or when illness invades. Remember though, essential oils are not instant ‘magic potions’. You cannot use them to instantly ‘fix’ a problem. They work in conjunction with the body and encourage the natural healing processes within.
Whilst essential oils are effective on their own they can work even more dynamically when teamed up with other essential oils; this is called a ‘synergy’ blend. Buying pre-blended synergy blends helps make your selection easier as they have been carefully selected and crafted into powerful combinations for optimum results. If however, you are adventurous and confident enough to make your own blends, a good recommendation is to get into the habit of blending three essential oils at a time to keep it simple. Often a great way to choose a blend is one citrus, one floral (or herbal or spicy) and one woody. This creates a more well-rounded prescriptive blend.
When it comes to purchasing good quality essential oils and aromatherapy products educate yourself on what makes for a reputable supplier.
To know an essential oil brand is of high quality check the price first. Essential oils vary in price from Lavender at around $15 for a 9ml bottle to pure Rose oil at around $450 AUD. The reason prices vary is because of the way they are extracted, where they are grown, their yield and the harvesting. Check the bottle has the words ‘pure essential oil’ on the front and ensure the botanical name is on the bottle so you can see the exact source.
Of course we can recommend our beautiful organic range. We know how hard it can be to choose the right oils, with the correct dilutions or even know if what we are doing is right. And we know you are busy… So, we have developed a high quality range of oils and education to support you on this journey.