Updated: Apr 18
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, and the first record of them being used is from ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians cultivated plants for their oils and used them for medicinal purposes. Today, essential oils are still used and made through the same processes that ancient Egyptians used.
Many essential oils are made through steam distillation. During this process, steam is passed through the plants. The heated steam releases the oils from the plants and the water as they pass through the condenser coils. Once the water and oil cool, the oil will be separated from the water and collected for use. The final product is a pure essential oil since the oil has been extracted directly from the plant and is not mixed with any additives.
Pure essential oils are best because you have the full benefit of the plant and do not have to worry about synthetic ingredients and contaminants.
If you are using the oils for aromatherapy, place a few drops of oil in a quality diffuser and follow the directions for your machine. You can also add a few drops of oil to cotton balls and place them around shoes and clothes to eliminate unwanted smells and keep bugs at bay.
To use essential oils topically, always do a patch test to ensure you are not irritating your skin. Dilute the oils with a light carrier oil for a massage oil or add directly to your bath water for a relaxing bath.
Essential oils are potent and highly concentrated, so exercise caution when using them. Keep away from your eyes and other sensitive areas of your body, and do not take them internally. When used properly, you will be able to enjoy their full benefits.