Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds that are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
The physical and chemical properties of the volatile aromatic compounds that compose essential oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose. Such unique properties make essential oils ideal for use in aromatherapy – using these compounds from plants to help maintain a healthy mind and body – as well as other applications. Essential oils can also be applied topically and absorbed through the skin and this type of application is also highly beneficial for health and wellness. The type of volatile aromatic compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s aroma and the benefits it offers.
Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on desired benefits.