What Are Essential Oils

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the extracted volatile, aromatic compounds found in the bark, flowers, leaves, seeds, stems, and other parts of plants. The oils give plants their distinctive smells, protect them and play a role in the plant pollination.

In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have been used historically over a thousand years for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. 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.

Fun Facts

  • Do you know it requires about 242,000 rose petals (which is equivalent to 42 pounds!) to distill approximately 5 mL of Rose oil?
  • Ever wonder how many lemons are needed to produce a drop of the oil? Nearly 3000 lemons are needed to distill just over 2 pounds of Lemon essential oil. This equals about 50 lemons per 15mL bottle!

Different grades of essential oils

There are several grades of essential oils found in the market:

  • Grade A essential oils are pure and therapeutic quality. They are usually made from organically grown plants distilled at the proper temperatures using steam distillation.
  • Grade B essential oils are food grade which may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, chemical/synthetic extenders, or carrier oils.
  • Grade C oils are perfume grade which may contain the same type of adulterating chemicals as food grade oils.
  • Floral Water is a byproduct of the distillation process which can be very high quality if it comes from a Grade A distillation process. But it can be very low quality if it comes from poor quality raw materials and/or poor distillation processes. It is usually found in skin and hair products and this grade has no therapeutic qualities.

It is important that the essential oils you used come from a trusted source that is committed not only to producing unadulterated essential oils but adhering to strict production protocols. Click here to find out why and how to choose the best one.