List of Essential Oils and Natural and Pure Essential Oil Benefits
Natural essential oils are volatile oils or oils that easily evaporate at normal temperature or pressure. Volatile oils are found in parts of plants such as the bark, berries or fruits, flowers, fruit peel, roots, seeds, stems and twigs.
Pure natural essential oils are sold in liquid form and are the distillates or extracts of different types and species of plants. Organic essential oils are oil extracts that are obtained from plants that are grown or cultivated without the use of pesticides. Therapeutic grade essential oil is a term used by some companies to describe a certain grading of the essential oils which they base on certain standards.
Natural and pure essential oils are extracted using natural extraction methods without alteration and adding any additives. The most common methods of extraction are steam distillation and the cold press extraction.
In steam distillation, the parts of the plants are steamed and chemical constituents of the plants are released. The mixture of water and essential oil vapor will then go through another natural process and the oil is converted into liquid and separated from the water. Essential oils obtained from cold pressed extraction such as from fruit rinds or fruit peels are physically extracted to obtain the essential oil.
Plant oils have many natural and complex chemical constituents that bring about the therapeutic properties or healing activities of essential oils. There is always a main active constituent or plant essence that produces the characteristic of the oil and differentiates one particular essential oil from another.
Two of the best ways to use essential oil are direct inhalation and topical or external application. When you inhale the steam, vapor or aroma of the essential oil, the constituents of the oil will enter your bloodstream through your nose. Direct inhaling of essential oils practiced in aromatherapy has many health benefits such as enhancing mood, inducing sleep and treating respiratory problems.
Pure essential oils are strong and may irritate the skin. You should always mix with carrier oil such as jojoba oil or grapeseed oil before using it on your skin. External applications are helpful as first aid, to treat inflammations and prevent bacterial infection.
Some essential oils that have been diluted can be taken orally or ingested and used as alternative medicine. An allowed percentage of essential oils are also added in foods and cooking. Essential oils are also used as ingredients in many cosmetics, skin care products, oral hygiene products, massage oils, nutritional supplements, fragrances and home cleaning products.
There are a few hundred types of essential oils and since plants have different natural constituents, the essential oil benefits vary and differ. Here is a list of essential oil and the uses for essential oils.
Even though there are many essential oil benefits, please seek your doctor's advice before using essential oils therapy if you are pregnant, nursing, have a serious medical problem or on medication.