What Are Essential Oils?

es·sen·tial oil: a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

Essential oils have become an important part of our daily life.  Whether we are sick, feeling down, or in the mood to clean—essential oils have their place in our lives.  Just what are essential oils you hear about all the time and why should you care?

Like the definition says, essential oils are natural oils that have the characteristic fragrance of the plant or source they are extracted from.  The oils are typically distilled or cold pressed, depending on the material being used.  Distillation involves plant material being placed in boiling water. The steam and the oils are captured and then separated to produce essential oil.  Cold pressing involves crushing the materials or fruits in order to produce an essential oil.

What are essential oils?
Dr Gary Young at one of Young Living’s Distillation sites

What are essential oils?
A Cold Pressing Machine

The great advantage about essential oils is you have the purest form of the plant or material that came directly from nature.  It’s about as pure and natural as you can get!  This allows for the highest concentration of medicinal, purification, and spiritual properties of the plant or material used that can possibly be obtained directly from nature.

Many essential oils have been used for thousands of years for many different ailments.  Many have been proven to be effective for certain uses over the years and are one of the safest alternatives to modern medicine.  For this reason, reaping the benefits of essential oils makes for a good argument on why you should use them.

My personal use of essentials oils with our family has made a dramatic difference when it comes to seasonal allergies, getting through the flu season without much illness, and keeping our home clean.  The best part is the comfort and stress relief we can get from certain oils by diffusing them in the air at home or on the go.  Essential oils are an integral part of our lifestyle–essential oils for essential living!

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