What are essential oils?

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. You've probably experienced essential oils without even knowing it; for example, when you squeeze the peel from an orange or other piece of citrus, the fragrant residue on your hand is full of essential oils.

Essential oils do more than just give plants their distinctive smells - they provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

Through steam distillation and cold-pressing techniques, we are able to extract the complex assembly of molecules that create therapeutic actions in the body. Modern scientific study and trends towards more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

From history to present day

Throughout human history, we have interacted with essential oils: in food, make-up, perfumes, ritual and medicines. The first traces of aromatic plants were inscribed on walls of Egyptian temples almost 5,000 years ago and essential oils are mentioned in many sacred texts around the world. 

Today we have the ability to map the chemical profiles of essential oils, revealing the efficacies of the intricate constituents within these plant based compound. Because of scientific inquiry and exploration, we are beginning to remember the great value of essential oils... although some of us never forgot! 

It is important to remember that not all essential oils are alike. Look for therapeutic grade essential oils to ensure that your essential oils are free of pesticides, chemical residues, fillers, herbicides, extenders, and solvents.

Concentrating the healing properties of plants

Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils hold the innate healing power of plants, offering support to us on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. It is important to remember that the liquid inside of the little brown bottles is from plants, and a lot of plants at that. It can take hundreds of pounds of plant matter to make small amounts of essential oils. 

Each essential oil possesses it's own unique aroma, chemistry and health benefits, working on a cellular level to relieve symptoms and support multiple systems in the body. There are hundreds of compounds in each drop of essential oil and each compound has a different therapeutic benefit.  Because essential oils are lipophilic they are able to penetrate the membrane of the cell and selectively kill viruses, destroy bacteria and even interact with cell receptor sites. 

Essential oils are 50 to 70 times more powerful than herbs so a little goes a long way; often, one drop is often all you need to create change in the body. Your body is able to metabolize essential oils within 20 to 120 minutes. For this reason we recommend using fewer drops with greater frequency.

Some common uses of essential oils include {but are not limited to}:

  • First Aid
  • Emotional Support
  • Immune Support
  • Digestive Concerns
  • Cleansing / Detox
  • Metabolism
  • Pain 
  • Inflammation
  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Pregnancy
  • Postpartum
  • Menopause
  • Well-Woman Care
  • Children's Health