Essential oils have been around for centuries, and has been used by almost all cultures. Essential oils are concentrated oil that is distilled from the natural oils in plants.

All parts of the plant are used, that includes all the flowers, roots, leaves, stems and bark. A process called distillation takes place that is most commonly used by water and steam. After the distillation process the outcome is a highly concentrated oil which will have the fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted from. The use of essential oils has many purposes.

Benefits and Uses

Essential oils are mainly used for inhalation or rubbing on the skin. Essentials oils can either be used in the concentrated form, be added into a carrier oil or other skin care products.
Massage is one of the best ways to enjoy and benefit from the therapeutic properties of essential oils as it penetrates the skin through the hair follicles, sweat glands and absorbed into the body fluids. Essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil to ensure a wide even spread of essential oils. It doesn’t take away any of the benefits and/or properties of the essential oils but you will also reap the benefits from the carrier oil that is used on the skin. There are more than 95 common uses for essential oils.
Not only does essential oils have health benefits, but also skin and beauty, perfumes, spa and relaxation, cleaning and home care, emotional and spiritual awareness.

Popular essential oils are:

Lavender
Peppermint
Ylang Ylang
Jasmin
Chamomile
Tea Tree
Eucalyptus

Keep the following key points in mind when purchasing essential oils:

Purity – Concentrated form of the essential oil with no added oils and substances. Look out for the botanical name on the label
Quality – Authentic essential oils are chemical free and that has been extracted through distillation or mechanical cold pressing.
Reputation – look for a brand that produce quality products.

Health and Safety

Be cautious when using essential oils as you might cause some side effects or serious skin reactions. Side effects include skin irritation, rashes, asthma attacks, headaches and allergic reactions.
For any therapeutic, health benefits, skin and beauty, perfumes, spa and relaxation, cleaning and home care, emotional and spiritual wellness we strongly recommend that you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent certified trainer, health and/or general practitioner or advisor who is experienced in essential oils usage before the usage of any Essential oil.
Excellent external sources are available for further reading and understanding of Essential Oils and Carrier Oils.