What is an essential oil?

I am a Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional and received my training with Joy Essence, a school with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists

As a permanent, full-time vendor at the Guelph Farmers’ Market,  I'm often asked by those who are not familiar with aromatherapy and essential oils, what is it exactly?

An essential oil is the hydrophobic, lipophilic, aromatic constituents extracted from a variety of plants including citruses, tress, herbs, grasses, and seeds.

Hydrophobic means essential oils repel water; they do not mix. Lipophilic means essential oils are fat loving; they blend with carrier oils such as sweet almond oil, apricot oil, argan oil etc.

Some aromatic constituents appear in a number of essential oils. For example geraniol, is a main component of rose, palmarosa and citronella essential oils. And a minor component in geranium and lemon. Your nose may detect similar notes when 'sniff testing' these essential oils.

Essential oils are very potent and should be used with care. Each essential oil has manifold uses including use for skincare, headaches, sleep, and sore muscles.  Please work with a trained aromatherapist and/or do your research and use quality references. 

Until next time, happy blending!

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