When I first started studying up on how to live a greener life, I kept reading about essential oils, and I didn’t know what they were. Was “essential” the brand of oil or the type? What do they look like? Can I buy them at Walmart?? I even asked around and no one else seemed to know what they were either! So, I started Googling more about them, and thus my journey began.
By definition an essential oil is: a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is derived. To put it simply, essential oils come from plants and thus smell like the plant they come from.
Some essential oils come from traditional herbs (lavender, peppermint, clove, etc). Some come from flowers (rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, etc). And some come from citrus fruits (lemon, orange, bergamot, etc).
Essential oils are most notable for their use in aromatherapy: the practice of using the oils to enhance psychological and physical well-being.
I’d love for you to join me over the next several posts as we explore some of my favorite essential oils and how you can benefit from them. We will be exploring lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus and lemongrass.
I hope to see you next post!
And PS – As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t apply essential oils directly on your skin. Always dilute them with a carrier oil, like olive oil, first!