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What Are Essential Oils?

Posted Apr 24 2009 11:10pm
Essential oils are aromatic volatile (quickly evaporating) liquids that are the end result of plant metabolism, the biological activity of plants. They are synthesized by the plant's chemistry and circulate through the stems, leaves, flowers, and roots. Though called "oils', EOs are not greasy and do not clog pores like many vegetable oils can.

Essential oils give the plant its aroma and flavor. They are "essential" for a plant's survival and a key component of its immune system. Different varieties of plants use EOs to repel unwanted insects, heal the plant when it has been injured, prevent water loss in arid climates, attract bees and other insects that aid in pollination.

Essential oils are stored by plants in oil and resin ducts, hollow spaces and cells. They are found in the leaves and stems of plants, flowers, rinds of fruits, herbs, grasses, and the twigs, bark, needles and resins of trees.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and far more potent than dried herbs. The distillation process is what makes essential oils so concentrated. It often requires an entire plant or more to produce a single drop of distilled essential oil.

Did You Know?
100+ Pounds of eucalyptus leaves = One Pound of Eucalyptus EO
2,000 Pounds of rose petals= One Liter of Rose EO
One drop of peppermint EO = the equivalent of approximately 30 cups of peppermint tea!

What can essential oils do for you all day long?
  • clean the air of pollutants
  • purify the water you drink and bathe in
  • be combined with food and nutritional supplements for increased support to cell metabolism and antioxidant action
  • enhance your skin, hair, and oral hygiene
  • stimulate and support your immune system
  • reduce stress and bring emotional balance into your life
  • enhance your ability to learn new things and remember old ones
  • act against many strains of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites
  • offer support to the whole body for optimum vitality
  • be used to help infants and children as well as adults
  • help pets with many of the same problems we humans have
  • be recognized, absorbed, and used by our bodies because their molecules are genetically familiar to us since the dawn of human existence
  • remind us of the miraculous presence of nature, and encourage us to value and protect it for future generations
To learn more about therapeutic essential oils, watch this beautiful video presentation, From Seed to Abundance!
Oil Well, Jennifer
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