Essential oils seem to have become quite popular in homes across America and the rest of the world in the last few years. Many believe this is because humans are trying to find natural means to heal and cure what ails them.
The thing is, there are no absolute scientific evidence that essential oils cure or heal, but as long as people believe they do, they will use them and maybe it is just their belief or there is something in these oils scientists have not discovered. But the people get better.
Either way, you are not going to hear me stand for or against. I will not support or deny medical claims because I do not have the qualifications to do so.
But I do have qualifications to write; so write I will. And I am going to provide you with the top 19 cool facts and uses of essential oils. They are in no particular order, so scroll through and learn all you can about essential oils.
There are a plethora of MLM companies who sell essential oils. I am not affiliated with any of them. The information here is for educational purposes only.
Essential Oils Fact #1: How The Oil Is Extracted
There are various methods used to extract the oil from plants to be used. It depends on the plant on what method is used. Methods consist of:
- Steam distillation
- Cold pressing
- Expression (the use of a ram press)
- Resin tapping
- Solvent extraction
Essential Oils Fact #2: Ancient Uses
Essential oils have been used for years upon years. Egyptians were known to use them on a regular basis. The earliest recorded mention is when Ibn al-Baytar, a pharmacist in Muslim Spain used them in the 1200’s.
Essential Oils Fact #3: No Patents
Many people question why essential oils have not been used in medicines. The fact of the matter is, nobody can put a patent on any essential oil. Since they are produced from nature, they cannot be patented.
Essential Oils Fact #4: The Most Produced
The 3 fragrances most produced in essential oil are:
- Sweet orange
- Wild mint
- and Peppermint
Essential oils are used in a variety of ways:
- Air diffusion
- Skin application
- Add to bath
- and even put in foods and drinks
Essential Oils Fact #6: Fragrance Oils Are Not Essential Oils
If the bottle reads natural fragrance oil, it is not essential oil. Fragrance oil is synthetically made and does not come naturally from plants.
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Essential Oils Fact #7: Pesticide Residues Found In Some
Because of the widespread use of pesticides, some non-organic essential oils have tested positive for pesticide residues. It is recommended to but USDA certified organic essential oils.
Essential Oils Fact #8: It Takes A Lot To Make A Little
It takes a huge amount of each plant to make essential oil.
- 150 pounds of lavender flowers to make 1 pound of lavender oil
- 250 pounds of peppermint leaves for 1 pound of peppermint oil
- 4,000 pounds of rose to make 1 pound of rose oil
Essential Oils Fact #9: Shelf Life
Essential oils are sold in dark glass containers. The dark glass allows them to stay potent for longer periods of time. Essential oils can have a shelf life of 2 to 5 years depending on the type of oil, as long as it is in a dark glass container.
Essential Oils Fact #10: Essential Oils In The Bible
There are multiple instances where essential oils are mentioned in the Holy Bible. Oils mentioned include:
- and Cassia
Essential Oils Fact #11: Essential Oils Are Not Really Oils
The reason essential oils are not truly oil is because they do not contain fatty acids that would constitute them being a true oil.
One person defines essential oils instead the soul of a plant.
Essential Oils Fact #12: High In Antibacterial Properties
A lot of the essential oils made are quite high in antibacterial properties. Some of the highest are:
- and Tea Tree
Essential Oils Fact #13: Dilute
It is recommended that people dilute essential oils when they will be used on the skin. The way to dilute is to combine it with a carrier oil.
Essential Oils Fact #14: Weight Loss
A study war performed by Dr. Alan Hirsch and showed that people who breathed in peppermint essential oil during the day, consumed over 20% less calories.
Essential Oils Fact #15: Keep Out Of Reach Of Children
Some essential oils can be quite toxic to children. They should be kept out of children’s reach and should not be used undiluted on children. I recommend consulting a physician before using on children at all.
Essential Oils Fact #16: Deodorant
Many people have found that just adding one or two drops of their favorite essential oil to coconut oil makes an excellent deodorant.
Essential Oils Fact #17: No Refrigeration
You should not refrigerate essential oils. It is best to store them in a dark and cool place.
Essential Oils Fact #18: Aromatherapy Claims
In researching various Aromatherapy practitioners, I a majority agree that these essential oils help the area listed:
- Lime for the mind
- Sweet marjoram for muscles
- Jasmine for the heart
- Balsam fir for relaxation
- Bitter orange for depression
- Black pepper for digestion
- Camphor for congestion
- Neroli for insomnia
Essential Oils Fact #19: Of All Plants
Of all the plants in the world, there are only 21 plant species that supply essential oils.
I also wanted to tell you that just because an essential oil is more expensive than another, it doesn’t always mean it is better. The best way to check purity of the majority of essential oils is to put a drop on a white tissue paper. If it evaporates and doesn’t leave a ring or residue, it is considered pure.
Do you use essential oils? How do you use them? Please share your questions and comments below.
There are many various MLM companies that offer essential oils. I am not going to list them here, because it really would not be fair if I would leave any out.
I hope this post helped you understand more about essential oils.
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About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He writes on many different topics, but business subjects are one of his primary areas of writing expertise. See Greg’s biography here.