Plants have been used as medicine as long as humans have been on this earth, and even today, 74% of all modern medicines are plant-based. We can utilize plants for their health benefits outside of medicine as well. One of these ways is through the use of essential oils. These concentrated plant extracts capture the plant’s scent and flavor, or “essence.”
Essential oils are natural compounds derived directly from the plant either through distillation with steam & water, or mechanically through a cold press process. After being extracted from the plant and bottled, the oils can then be used in dozens of different ways, from aromatherapy to homemade cleaning products and skin care.
When used topically, such as dabbing on pressure points or massaging into the skin, essential oils sink into the skin, and the plant chemicals are absorbed, stimulating a variety of responses.