An essential oil is the essence of a plant, or its characteristics, the plants life force distilled for use. The fragrance and character of each oil is as individual and unique as a finger print, as are its therapeutic properties and the effects they have on the individuals.
Essential oils are natural, volatile substances that evaporate readily. The essence is contained in highly specialized glands that are present in the foliage, flowers, bark, fruit peels, seeds, resins, woods and grasses.
The chemicals present in essential oils are:
- acids (antiseptic) Geranium
- alcohol (germicides) Bergamot
- aldehydes (calming and anti-flammatory) Melissa
- ketones (ease secretion of mucus and stimulate growth of new skin cells) Peppermint
- esters (soothing, calming and fungicidal) Lavender
- phenols (strong antiseptic and very stimulating) Thyme
- terpenes (natures antibiotic) Pine
Plant oils and botanicals are extracted from a range of seeds and kernels from flowers, bushes and trees, and have a long history of use in skin care and health. They are compatible with our skin due to their molecular structure unlike synthetic molecules. They deliver essential nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids (EFAs).
Plant oils are largely composed of fatty acids. Fatty acids are the major building blocks of fat in human body and oils are important sources of energy for the body. They are also major structural components of the cells in our body and therefore important in the building and maintenance of healthy cells.
The plant oils used are:
- Sweet Almond