What are Essential Oils made from, anyway?
Essential oils (EOs) are just like what they’re called – essential oils that come from seeds, flowers, bark, resins, leaves, rinds, and roots. They are considered volatile compounds, which simply means they can easily evaporate at ambient room temperature.
Contrary to occasional belief, EOs do not contain vitamins or minerals. What makes them good for your body is how their naturally occurring chemical constituents interact with your personal body chemistry.
Because of this, your experience of the essential oils you choose to use may, or may not, look different than the experience of others.
Original Medicine vs Alternative Medicine
Now more than ever before people are turning towards more natural modalities of medicine to heal and to feel good.
Alternative medicines are those that are not taught in traditional medical schools. They are types of healing remedies that stray from mainstream medicine, as we know it today.
Examples of alternative medicines include homeopathy, naturopathy, Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
On the other hand we have plant medicine, or original medicine; essential oils, which are the essence of the plant, seed, bark, flower, resin, leaf, rind, or root.
There is a popular misconception that EOs are the “lifeblood” of the plant, but that would imply that the oils are a necessity for plant life. In fact, the opposite is true.
The essence of the plant is the energetic or vibrational imprint of the plant, which, with proper distillation processes, can be ultra healing for Mind, Body, and Spirit.