Essential Oils are the extraction of plant botanicals by either steamed method, distilled method or C02 Method. Distilled seems to be the most often used method. All methods of extraction are valid. Essential oils are natural unlike fragrance oils which are synthetic (man-made). Plants each have wonderful healing properties and benefits. Using essential oils allows are person to utilize the natural plant powers. Some oils are stronger and need to be mixed with a carrier oil (almond, olive, coconut oil etc) before being applied directly to the skin.
Who Should use Essential Oils?
Everyone! They are so benefical and great aromatherapy that everyone would benefit from their use. Headaches for example, most can be relieved with essential oils (lavender, peppermint etc) and no need to talk drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Plus, your world will smell better.
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil
Say What? Is there really a therapeutic grade? The truthful answer is NO! The term "therapeutic grade" was a great Marketing term coined originally by Young Living and is now used by many other companies. 100% pure organic essential oil is just that .. pure plant extract. It is the pure essence of the plants botanical chemistry. Companies that make claims to be the only therapeutic essential oils do so because they can then increase their product prices to more than twice the cost of what they should be. Beware of these claims. The only people making serious money in these organizations are the top brass .. the consultants who buy into the concept are doing all the work.
I personally use essential oils that are 100% pure organic and whenever possible organic fair trade so I know the quality is excellent and the farmers are receiving a proper wage. If you have any questions, concerns or are just plain confused by the entire essential oil market, here is a great site that goes into so much in greater detail.