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All That You Need to Know About Essential Oils

For those who are looking forward to conducting aromatherapy workshops or classes, it is imperative that they know every detail about essential oils, their properties, their way of working and other technical details.

Essential Oils

These are elements that are extracted from parts like flowers, twigs, barks, roots, wood, berries, peels, leaves, and fruits of various medicinal plants.  

These elements have therapeutic or natural healing properties and are hence also regarded as medicinal oils. People undergoing treatment can enjoy their benefits by either applying them locally, or by inhaling their aroma. They generally have a calming, relaxing, and stimulating effect on humans. Besides, they also balance mood, and are good for digestion and various other biological activities.

All the clinics and spas that conduct aromatherapy treatment use these therapeutic oils. These elements come in an undiluted state and are extremely strong. Hence, it is important that they are diluted with carrier oils like grape seed, sweet almond oils, and jojoba.

Though these elements are termed as, ‘essential oils’ technically speaking, they are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils or oils of the plant.  They are highly volatile and have a tendency of evaporating pretty quickly, and as they do so they release a strong odor. The ones that are generally used in online aromatherapy workshops or classes are prepared from peppermint, chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, rose-geranium, and the likes.

However, it needs to be mentioned at this juncture that these oils are used in various areas and not just for aromatherapist.  Some essential oil varieties are used as common food flavors and also for manufacturing toiletries, and are generally available in food stores. However, when blending for use for therapeutic treatment, an aromatherpist should purchase oils that supply detailed information, including their botanic species, chemical or chemotype composition, the producing plant organs like fruits, barks, roots, flowers etc. and other vital statistics.

Besides having a pleasing and strong odor, these oils also come up with certain properties that help to relax, by uplifting the moods. They also have other qualities that are, to say the least, simply amazing! For example, there are certain types of essential oils that help set up protection and fight against various types of infections and infectious diseases. Therefore, it can well be said that they come up with certain anti viral and anti bacterial properties as well. Some of them also have adaptogenic properties as they encourage the growth of cells, facilitate detoxification, help improve the health of skin, and also help functionality of various body organs and systems.  

It is believed that these oils were discovered many years ago.   Because distillation was not used in earlier times these products cannot be classified as essential oils but aromatic products.  Enfleurage and the use of herbs were used for ceremonies and medicinal purposes.   They were used somewhere between the late 16th and 19th Century, after which they went into a sort of oblivion only to shoot back to fame during the 1920s, thanks to Maurice Gattefosse, the French doctor who rediscovered the efficacy of these oils in treatment of various diseases and ailments.  

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