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What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils, or aromatherapy oils, are the fragrant essence of a plant. These highly concentrated liquid oils are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant has healing properties.Essential oils should not be confused with perfumes or other fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural to the plant, whereas fragrance oils are chemically produced to mimic certain aromatic scents for perfumes, colognes, candles, etc.
Essential oils are extracted one of two ways: either by steam distillation or expression, or pressing. Distillation is the most prominent method used to extract aromatherapy oils, however. This technique involves steaming the plant matter until it breaks down. The byproduct of this breakdown phase is the plant's fragrant oil, which is cooled, separated from the water and finally filtered into its pure essential oil. Some aromatherapy oils are too concentrated to apply directly to the skin. In this case, the oil is combined with a 'carrier' oil or lotion to dilute its strength. Applying stringent oils to the skin can cause harmful reactions, such as rashes or burns. And, certain essential oils should be avoided if you are pregnant or have been diagnosed with a specific illness. When the essential oil is extracted via the expression method, it is actually pressed from the plant source the same way lemon juice is pressed from a lemon.
How to Use Essential Oils for Home
Deter pests: Place one drop of lavender oil on a cotton ball or piece of cloth to help temporarily get rid of moths and mosquitoes. Humidifiers: To help keep it clean, add up to 9 drops of tea tree oil. Fire logs: Thirty minutes before burning a fire log, place one drop of cypress, pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil on it. Do not use several perfumed logs at a time; a little goes a long way. Stuffed animals: Soothe your kids with the calming scent of lavender or chamomile on their stuffed animals. Place a stuffed animal in a plastic bag, add a few drops of essential oil and close the plastic bag overnight. The following day the stuffed animal will have the dispersed scent and can be used for up to two weeks before reapplying more oil. Diffuser: Mix different essential oils to add fragrance and health benefits to your home or office.
Inhaling essential oils is much safer than oral use. The oils are biologically active when the airborne molecules are inhaled, stimulating olfactory nerves, which in turn stimulate centers of the brain. The molecules may trigger an immune response after entering the bronchial area and lungs, helping your body fight infection, for instance. Disclaimer:The benefits cited above are for information only. Please consult a qualified aromatherapist or holistic health practitioner before using essential oils.
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