Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful. A scent can bring back childhood memories or make us think of summer sunshine; but some smells can actually improve our health and wellbeing. For thousands of years essential oils have been used not only to create a nice smell but also for their healing qualities and ability to positively impact our emotional and physical wellbeing.
An essential oil is actually a highly concentrated plant component, rather than an oil. They can be distilled from various parts of a plant, including leaves, flowers, fruits, woods and seeds. It can take a huge amount of a plant to produce even a tiny amount of essential oil, which is why some can be very expensive. For example, it takes 4,000 pounds of roses to produce one pound of rose oil.
Herbs and plants have been used for thousands of years to treat all sorts of complaints; the use of essential oils is an age-old tradition that has become more popular again in recent years.
Essential oils have the ability to trigger emotional and mental responses from the brain as well as physical reactions within the body. We can use them in all areas of our lives: to relax and sleep, or to wake up and focus. They can improve our digestion and help to clear and brighten skin. An essential oil is far more than just a smell; the healing effect can be mental, physical and emotional.