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Guide to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

By James David Rockefeller


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Essential oils and aromatherapy are here to stay and that is why ignoring the importance and usefulness of essential oils and aromatherapy in modern medicine is unadvisable.

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid that contains volatile compounds and are sourced primarily from plants.

Essential oils are also known by other names, such as ethereal oils, volatile oils, or simply by the name of the plant from which it comes, for example lemon oil.

An oil is called essential in the sense that it contains the essence of a plant fragrance or more accurately the particular fragrance of the plant from which it is extracted.

When talking about essential oils, the term is used quite differently from its application when talking about essential fatty acids or essential amino acids.

In the context of essential fatty acids or essential amino acids, the term is used to connote that they are indispensable, because they are nutritionally required for a living organism to live.

Essential oils are not indispensable for life.

Essential oils are generally extracted through distillation, usually by using steam. Other methods are used for the extraction of essential oils as well, including but not limited to cold pressing, resin tapping, absolute oil extraction, and expression solvent extraction.

Essential oils have several important uses. They are used in the production of perfumes, cosmetic soaps, and other products. They are also heavily used in the flavoring of food and drinks and as scents in incense and household products.

These oils also serve a huge function in the medical field. They are used as aromatherapy oils. The use of essential oils is based on the idea that the aromatic essence of a plant has immense healing properties.

Aromatherapy is the use of fine oils obtained from natural sources like flowers, tree barks, leaves, stems, roots and several other parts of a plant and used for the beautiful purpose of enhancing the well-being and psychological status of man.

In some circles, inhaling the scent of these aromatic oils is believed to stimulate the function of the brain. A major route of essential oil absorption is allowing the oil to permeate the skin and blood vessels. The essential oils travel through the bloodstream providing healing on a whole new level by promoting whole-body wellness.

Aromatherapy as a form of alternative medicine is gaining momentum fast. Its range of use is quite wide and diverse. Such application of aromatherapy includes, but is not limited to, pain relief, mood enhancement, and improving the cognitive abilities of the brain.

There is a long list of available essential oils, each replete with its own peculiar healing properties.

A short list of popular essential oils includes the aromatherapy oils seen below.

Lavender oil: Lavender oil is derived from fresh lavender flowers

Tea Tree oil: Tea tree oil, also called melaleuca oil in some circles, is derived from the tea / paperbark trees

Eucalyptus oil: Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves of the eucalyptus plant

Jojoba oil: Jojoba oil is a unique oil extracted from the wild jojoba shrub, a small woody desert plant found commonly in Arizona

Blue chamomile oil: The blue chamomile plant is the source of blue chamomile oil

Rose oil: This oil is derived from petals of the many rose varieties known to man

Oregano oil: This oil contains carvacrol

Jasmine oil: Jasmine oil is extracted from plants of the genus copaifera, which are found in the Amazon

Neroli oil: Neroli oil is extracted from the blossom of the Citrus Aurantium. Citrus Aurantium is a bitter orange tree found in the tropical and subtropical areas of Asia.


The history of aromatherapy goes back to before 3500 BC, when the first mention of aromatherapy was first recorded in the annals of human history.

The facts of history points to an unbreakable link between aromatherapy and aromatic medicine. Aromatic medicine in itself has been heavily associated with religion and magic and practiced under the dark clouds of mysticism.

At one time, the Egyptians of old, who were the custodians of ancient civilization, burned incense made from aromatic woods, herbs, and spice in honor of their many gods.

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