Imagine a pleasant aroma that encourages relaxation, calms your senses, and feels great when used during a massage. These are only a few of the common purposes of essential oils.
Oil essences remain a standard product used in many processes. Consider daily items such as cosmetics, perfumes, incense, soaps, flavoring, and even household cleaning products, and you will get an idea of how important these plant oils are. Being as these oils are such a familiar product, what exactly are they and where do they come from?
What is an essential oil?
When oil is extracted from a specific plant through the means of distillation, it is then considered essential due to its distinctive scent. This essence of the plant can then be used in various consumer products. When these oils are referred to as “distinctive,” it is only in reference to the scent.
Common daily oil uses
Even with some historical references, essential oils today are not generally used for medicinal purposes. Instead, today’s essential oils are used for aromatherapy, which is a branch of alternative medicine that helps people in therapeutic ways, such as through massages, air diffusion, and incense burning.
Extended oil uses
Aside from medicinal and therapeutic purposes, the oil essences are also used for:
Differences in oils
When shopping for any type or form of essential oils, you may notice a vast difference in the cost. The price of essential oils depends on their type and strength. Since many of these oils are diluted with other oils referred to as “carrier oils,” these versions of essential oils tend to cost less than oils that are not diluted. You will also need to consider the type of oil you are buying. If you are looking for a rare oil that is imported from another country, that too, will add to your cost.
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