UMMMMM!!! What’s that smell??
We all like the wonderful scents that are created with essential oils. I have been doing some research, and, there is a lot of info out there pertaining to essential oils. In my research travels, I have found many sites that discuss a small amount about a certain portion of essential oils. Then, I found this information from wikipedia that combined all of the info into one place and made it easy to read and follow. So, for today’s blog post, I just wanted to share some of that info as I plan on using essential oils in several of my projects. I hope you find this post helpful when making your own essential oil project.
An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile (easily evaporated at normal temperatures) aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An essential oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. The term essential used here does not mean indispensable as with the terms essential amino acid or essential fatty acid which are so called since they are nutritionally required by a given living organism. In contrast to fatty oils, essential oils typically evaporate completely without leaving a stain or residue.
Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. Other processes include expression, solvent extraction, sfumatura, absolute oil extraction, resin tapping, wax embedding, and cold pressing. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products, for flavoring food and drink, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products.
Essential oils are often used for aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine in which healing effects are ascribed to aromatic compounds. Aromatherapy may be useful to induce relaxation, but there is not sufficient evidence that essential oils can effectively treat any condition. Improper use of essential oils may cause harm including allergic reactions and skin irritation, and children may be particularly susceptible to the toxic effects of improper use.
I hope you find this helpful, I know I did. I will be using some of the essential oils in my next project (candle making), and invite you all to come check it out.