If you’ve ever stopped to smell the roses, then you’ve experienced an essential oil. Essential oils are naturally occurring compounds found in the seeds, roots, bark, flowers, and other parts of plants. They give plants their distinctive smells, and they play a role in pollination. Essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care.
So now you’re thinking…what is this compound, and why should it matter to me? Essentially, they’re molecules that change quickly from their original solid or liquid state into a gas a room temp. Just open a bottle of an essential oil, and you’ll immediately smell the fragrance – even from across the room. Their interaction, then, with the olfactory sensors in our nose make them ideal for aromatherapy.
Over 3,000 varieties have been identified, and they can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness. Each oil can be used alone, or they can be mixed into various blends for even more powerful and effective benefits.
To give you just an idea of their uses, I diffuse them for health benefits in our bedrooms, mix them to make deodorizing and calming sprays for our dogs, and apply them topically for a variety of health reasons. The possibilities truly are endless!