An essential oil is a liquid that is generally extracted and distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other elements of a plant. Essential refers to the core or beneficial properties of the plant. Despite the use of the word “oil,” they don’t really feel oily at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some, such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass, are amber or yellow in color.
Essential can also refer to the fact that these oils can be used in so many different ways, from facial creams to massage oils to cleaning products. They have amazing properties that can help with fatigue, stress, nausea and acne, just to name a few.
All essential oils are highly concentrated, so remember: a little goes a long way!
At first, understanding all the uses for essential oils may seem daunting, but once you know a little more about them, it will all start to make more sense.
Each month, I will discuss some of the more complex and confusing aspects of essential oils, in the hopes of answering any questions you may have. Please feel free to leave any additional inquiries in the comments section and I’ll respond as soon as I can.