ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the
aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring,
volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots,
flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and
powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive
smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant
pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their
beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food
preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
what exactly is a volatile aromatic compound? In short, these compounds
are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid
or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called volatile
because they change state quickly. When you first open a bottle of
essential oil, you instantly notice that the aroma is potent and you can
smell it typically even from some distance. The physical and chemical
properties of the volatile aromatic compounds that compose essential
oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact
with the olfactory sensors in the nose. Such unique properties make
essential oils ideal for applications inclusion in aromatherapy – using
these compounds from plants to help maintain a healthy mind and body –
as well as other applications.
Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified
to date. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant,
within botanical families, and from species to species. The delicate
ratio of aromatic constituents found in any given essential oil are what
make it unique and give it specific benefits.
Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical
wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in
complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired
benefit. Want to learn how to use essential oils?
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