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Essential oils can be produced from the seeds, bark, stems, branches, wood, roots, and flowers of plants, shrubs and trees.
Citrus essential oils are cold pressed and not distilled. This process squeezes the oil from the outer peeling of the fruit under high pressure.
Many essential oils can be both wonderfully aromatic and powerfully healing!
These special oils have been used in many cultures as additives to perfumes as well as for their therapeutic qualities.
The best essential oils are 100% pure oil and are not diluted or cut with cheap chemical imitations! The highest quality oils do not contain solvent residues or less expensive carrier oils! Essential oil expert, Dr. Robert Pappas, says that many essential oils sold online or by large retailers have been adulterated in some way with inexpensive chemical constituents!
In order to make the finest organic oils available to the public the most discriminating vendors insist on knowing the location of the harvest, the methods used to extract the oils, a copy of data reports assuring the oils character and what type of material was used in the distillation process. Gas chromatography analysis is used to measure the integrity of the purest essential oils.
A few companies offer a line of certified organic essential oils. They must be free of pesticide and chemical residues, harvested and distilled in clean facilities and come from first distillations not second or third batches.
Here is a list of some of the most popular organic essential oils:
- Lavender oil
- Tea tree oil
- Peppermint oil
- Lemon oil
- Orange Oil
- Oregano oil
- Basil oil
- Eucalyptus oil
There are quite a number of essential oil blends available as well.
Essential Oils and Their Uses
Essential oils are used primarily in two different ways:
Aromatically - Diffused into the air you can enjoy the lively fragrance of essential oils. They also clean the air of odors and can add a calming and relaxing element to your surroundings.
Topically - Essential oils absorb into the skin and the blood stream quickly. Many essential oils or essential oil blends are used for body massage. They are normally blended with carrier oils. Essential oils can also be used to fight skin problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Internally - It is not recommended that you take essential oils internally! They are highly concentrated botanicals and there is the possibility that some oils can burn or damage the esophagus. There is also some concern that essential oils could damage the liver.
Essential Oils Side Effects
Since essential oils are concentrated botanical compounds they need to be used carefully. Never place essential oils in your eyes or ear canals!
If you get an essential oil in your eyes don't use water to flush them out! Water and oil don't mix! The water will just drive the essential oil deeper into the eye tissue. Instead use a carrier oil like coconut oil to dilute the essential oil. You can also use milk to wash out the eyes.
Do not use essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing without first consulting with your doctor or another health professional.
Research on Essential Oils
There is a large body of anecdotal evidence describing the many benefits of essential oils. There is also a growing body of research on antibacterial essential oils and antiviral essential oils as well. Although there is not any conclusive scientific evidence of the health benefits of essential oils there have been a number of promising research studies completed.
Many of the conclusions reached as a result of current research have been positive. The researchers almost invariably comment in their reports that additional studies needs to be done. We concur with this conclusion. We welcome additional scientific research on the benefits of essential oils and other natural health products.
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