What Are Essential Oils?

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from various plants.  They retain the natural scents and flavors of the plant they are extracted from. Each oil has its own unique chemical composition, which affects the properties of the oil such as its scent and its effects on the body. This composition may differ from plant to plant or within the same species.  

Some of the most commonly used oils include: 

  • eucalyptus: to relieve stress, energize, decongest, etc.  
  • peppermint: to boost energy and improve digestion 
  • geranium: to treat hormonal imbalances, nerve pain, or infections 
  • ginger: soothes the digestive system, reduces inflammation, improves immune function 
  • lavender: to relieve stress and anxiety 
  • lemon: an antioxidant and antimicrobial oil, enhances immune function and reduces stress 
  • patchouli: calms the nervous system and reduces inflammation 

What Are They Used For? 

Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy, which is a holistic form of healing focused on using natural extracts to conquer a variety of health issues. Aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, has been around for thousands of years and was highly coveted in ancient cultures for its ability to improve physical and mental health. Aromatherapy can treat ailments such as: 

  • anxiety 
  • pain 
  • Insomnia/poor sleep 
  • arthritis 
  • stress 
  • bacterial, viral, or fungal infections 
  • headaches and migraines 
  • poor digestion 
  • labor pains 

How Do Essential Oils Work? 

These oils are usually either absorbed into the skin or simply smelled. There are a variety of products that allow for easy aromatherapy: 

  • inhalers 
  • bath salts 
  • body lotions  
  • diffusers 
  • candles 

Inhaling an oil can activate the body’s limbic system, which plays a role in a variety of psychological functions like heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Therefore, oils have been said to help regulate unconscious bodily functions and improve overall health or treat health problems.  

Absorption can help stimulate the area to which the product is applied, which can increase blood flow. The chemical properties of these plants also have certain effects on the body when they interact with the skin, thus producing their medicinal benefits.  

Interested in Extracting Your Own Essential Oils? 

Here at Extraction Grade Solvents, we offer high-quality solvents that will make your extraction process easier than ever. Properly making these oils is crucial in order to experience the full benefits that they have to offer, and the EGS team can help you determine just how to make that happen. Contact us here to get in touch with our team of experts and purchase exactly the solvents that you need!