We’ve All Heard of Essential Oils But What Exactly Are They
What are essential oils? There is a plethora of explanations on the internet to be Found. There is the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), the FDA definition and then there are the full and complex definitions. We are going to try to keep it simple, so that you really understand.
Essential oils are the capture of a plants beneficial compounds that could not be done without the extraction process. Extraction processes includes steam distillation, hydro-distillation and pressing
Essential oils are the oil soluble volatile liquid that resulst from this procesws. They can come from the plants leaves, flowers, steams, seeds, wood and resin. The are named from the plant by which they are derviced. They are called essential because they caputre the plants essence and contain that essence in every drop.
While essential oils have a complex and wide array of scents often used in the perfume industry, they are so much more. Gattefosse, the 18th century French chemist was the first to write a comprehensive book on the benefits of essential oils to our health, skin and over all well-being. He gave birth to the term aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy - a cure using aromas, aromatics, and scents
Of course, the definition of aromatherapy is different depending on who you ask, but since Gattefosse coined the phrase when he wrote his book back in 1937, we will choose his definition. His book was a result of more than 25 years of study.
Essential oils have been produced and used for literally thousands of years to cure, heal, boost immune systems, aid in cellular regeneration, calm and soothe us. When they are used properly and safely the benefits are far too many to name.
At Calli Essentials, we are deeply rooted in aromatherapy, and we can’t say enough about these amazing oils. We always choose high grade oils where attention has been paid to not only the soil and overall growing conditions but sustainability as well.