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Sunday, 2 March 2014
What is Essential oil?
Essential oils bring to life home cooking and bodycare bringing natural vitality and utility into urban life in the home, office or factory in flavour and fragrance and most famously in perfume and aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is dedicated to the use of essential oils for beauty and health in the home and professional spa and salon.
Essential n. something of importance
What is an Essential Oil?
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, bark, heartwood, roots of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. In the garden, in teas you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, and flavour to our food and drink essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease.
The most easily understood and some of the most useful essential oils come from the rind of citrus plants - lemon, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, bergamot, tangerine. Essential oils are fat soluble phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. A true fresh season organically grown essential oil has a creamy texture which nature lovers describe as energy, an echo of the echo of the vitality of the living plant, known as viriditas. Most essential oils are clear to yellow in colour, some have components which give them a blue colour.
In addition to their utility to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends towards more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.