Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant’s scent and flavour, or “essence.” Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy, in which they are inhaled or applied to the skin.
Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence. Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that’s ready for use.
Essential oils can be used to ease headaches and migraines, sleep and insomnia, inflammation and to guard against bacteria.