Essential oils are the raw natural liquids from plants. These oils can come from the seeds, barks, stems, roots, flowers, or any other part of the plant. These liquids carry oxygen and nutrients within the plant and serve a vital role in the regenerative process of the plant. You can think of these oils as the life-blood of the plant.
Since Essential oils contain the nutrients of the plant, they have natural anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties! These are the properties that help maintain the body looking young and healthy. These oils are also great for removing toxins from the body, cleaning around the house, and purifying the environment around you. I find that Essential oils are great for:
1. Making home remedies.
2. Improving sleep and reduce stress.
3. Chemical-free all-purpose cleaner.
4. Reduce swelling after hard hits.
5. Natural way to make beauty projects - such as lotions & face products.
6. Purifying the home or resteruant table you are sitting at - while maintaining stimulating scents.
7. Natural Insect Repellent.
The quality of the oil is largely due to the plant species used, the growing process, the soils, and the extraction process. The majority of essential oils are commonly distilled using high heat or chemical solvents. Many companies use these methods because they are less expensive. However, these methods compromise the oil and destroy some of it's beneficial therapeutic qualities.
As I researched essential oil companies, I valued Young Living's cradle-to-grave mindset of retaining the highest quality oils. Young Living utilizes a process they call their "Seed to Seal" guarantee. They own their own farms, they always use the proper plant species, and they weed by hand and use their own oils for pest control. They use steam distillation and cold pressing methods to preserve the therapeutic properties of the oil. Young Living distills without using any chemicals, EVER! I trust that their essential oils are potent, 100% pure, and safe!