Essential oils have been used to heal and cure efficiently for over 5,000 years. The have exceptional properties, they are now recognised for their positive effect on mental and physical well-being. Let’s go and discover this mysterious liquid!
What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is a natural and aromatic extract from plants. It can be taken from several components of a plant: flower, leaf, bark, root or even the seed or bulb. To extract this aromatic essence, the plants are distilled while they are still fresh. Either using a steam process or cold pressing. Unlike vegetable oils, they are not really oily as such, they are liquid, but not greasy. They are a genuine natural treasure and they offer countless benefits!
The history of essential oils
Aromatherapy has been widely democratised recently, but it has existed for millennia. In fact, it is the oldest medicine in the world. The Egyptians used essential oils to embalm their dead in 4000 BC! Their use has been accelerated, in particular thanks to the invention of the still and the distillation process. From the 70’s, aromatherapy has been very popular, especially since the discovery of the chemotypes, making it a more exact and precise science.
Initially, they were used to cure, nowadays they are used to prevent illnesses.
Why does the plant make essential oils?
The production of essential oils was invented by and for the plants: to ensure their survival, plants had to create protective components. Their antibiotic, antiviral or anti-sun components have seemingly allowed plants to develop serenely. The primary role of essential oils is therefore to protect the plants themselves. Oily liquids are formed from elements present in the soil.
Essential oils often contain several hundred components. Their active agents act in synergy to treat a problem in a global way. As a manner of speaking, they unite their strengths to unveil an extraordinary active agent with high potential. Synergies can lead to a wide variety of properties.
Using essential oils offer infinite benefits. Taken separately, they already offer considerable possibilities: antiviral, antibacterial, relaxing or even toning, oils can meet each of your need.
Indeed, each essential oil has a unique chemotype (or fingerprint), making each one a remedy in its own right. An oil is therefore specific and should not be confused with another or replaced lightly.
Very specific requirements and precautions
- Essential oils do not mix well with the sun and light in general. This degrades their efficiency and renders them inactive. To prevent this from happening, we advise you to keep them away from light and heat.
- An essential oil or a synergy of several oils must never be used pure. They must always be mixed with a base. If they are to be ingested, the base can be a spoonful of honey or a sugar cube. If they are to be applied on the skin, we advise you to mix them with a vegetable oil. Beyond the properties of the essential oil, you will multiply the benefits of a vegetable oil while not taking any risks.
- Essential oils are an active substance; therefore they can induce various reactions. Among them is allergy: often benign, allergic reaction can sometimes be daunting! Oils have unsuspected powers. Before using an essential oil, a skin test must be carried out to check.
- Because of its intense powers, essential oils can become dangerous for fragile people. Thus, they must not be used on pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly, and people suffering from epilepsy or asthma. Whatever your situation, it is necessary to respect the dosage and application advice relevant to each oil.
At HAPPY OILS, essential oils are treated like gold. We put all our experience with these little jewels at the service of your beauty. By the way, did you know that essential oils can give you amazing results when they are combined with a vegetable oil?