Essential Oils: What Are They, What Do They Do, and Are They Safe?

Essential Oils

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The essential oils include the plant’s scent and flavor. Each compound is unique, giving each essential oil its own unique characteristics. These oils are obtained through distillation, through steam or water, or through mechanical means, such as cold pressing. At its most basic level, it’s an oil from a plant. 

Do essential oils do anything?

There is no solid evidence that essential oils are capable of curing any disease. But that certainly doesn’t mean essential oils don’t do anything. Essential oils have effects. This is known. It then depends on which essential oils we’re talking about when it comes down to what effects they have, if any. 

Are essential oils safe?

For the purposes of aromatherapy, essential oils are 100% safe. If you’d like to apply essential oils topically, you must properly dilute them first with a carrier oil. If this is your intention, do research on how to dilute your essential oils. It is not a difficult process, but it’s necessary. Once diluted, essential oils are safe when used within reason. 

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