What is an Essential Oil?
According to Connie and Alan Higley "Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants (including their respective parts such as seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, and fruit)." The chemical constitutes of essential oils determine how pure they are and if they are therapeutic grade. Many factors come into play with how concentrated the chemical constitutes are including: growth conditions and distillation conditions.
How and Why do Essential Oils Work?
Connie and Alan Higley state"Essential oils embody the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune-strengthening properties of plants. Their molecular size is so small that they can quickly penetrate the skin. Plus they are lipid-soluble and are capable of penetrating cell walls, even if they have been hardened because of an oxygen deficiency. Essential oils are powerful antioxidants. Essential oils are antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic. Essential oils may detoxify the cells and blood in the body. Essential oils also contain sesquiterpenes and have the ability to pass the blood-brain barrier. Lastly essential oils have a bioelectrical frequency that is several times greater than the frequency of herbs, food and even the human body."