Essential oils occur naturally in plants, and they are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, and flowers of plants. Essential oils give plants their unique aroma, and they also protect plants and help with pollination.
But essential oils don’t just benefit plants, they are useful for us too. Oils have been used for thousands of years as medicines, beauty treatments, perfumes, and healing rituals.
There are over 3000 different essential oils and they vary widely in the aroma, compound content, and purity. Factors that can affect the purity and quality of an oil include where the plant was grown, how it was harvested, and the weather conditions.
Essential oils can be used for a variety of therapeutic reasons, and they can be used on their own or as a blend.