Are Essential Oils a Fad or Here to Stay?
Essential Oils are EVERYWHERE! You can find them in just about every big box store and online. Does that mean they are safe to use?? There has been a lot of research on essential oils and their efficacy on supporting the body. Knowing your source of who's behind the label is extremely important. Essential oils have been in existence for thousands of years and have proven to be effective. Unfortunately, consumers confuse flavored oils as therapeutic. Those essential oils you find in the big box stores are "flavored oils" and not therapeutic. They are synthetic versions of what nature produced. Why? It is cheaper to produce, yet toxic to our bodies. Those flavored oils are no different than candles, aromatic sprays or plug-ins. It is proven that these chemicals are know endocrine and neurological disruptors, wreaking havoc on our bodies. I urge you to do your research and know the difference.
Where Do Essential Oils Come From? A variety of plants cover the Earth in different shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. Many of these plants contain compounds that typically can’t be seen with the naked eye—they hide within the roots, flowers, seeds, bark, or other areas of the plant. These compounds are known as essential oils. They are highly concentrated, making them extremely potent. Also referred to as volatile aromatic compounds, essential oils give a plant its aroma, protect it from harsh environmental conditions and insects, and even play a part in plant pollination.
How are Essential Oils Made?
It is important to note that not all essential oils are created equal. The purity of an oil can change depending on geographic location, distillation methods, weather, and other factors. Additionally, no matter how well a plant is selected, cared for, and harvested, the quality of an essential oil can either be preserved or destroyed during the distillation process. Because of the attention to detail and precision necessary in distillation, it becomes less of a process and more of an art form. Distillers must be precise and pay careful attention to harvesting methods, temperatures, time of distillation, the amount of pressure used, etc.
How Does a Plant Become an Essential Oil?
The exact process for producing an essential oil will vary depending on what type of plant the oil comes from. However, the basic idea is that plants go through a specific distillation process using special machinery in order to separate the essential oil from its plant parts. The essential oil hides within different parts of the plant, often in microscopic amounts. During the distillation process, the machinery will separate the essential oil from its original plant part. For example, when citrus oils are produced, machinery is used to separate the essential oil from the rind of the fruit.
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