Beginning with the Egyptians who used them for ceremonial purposes, essential oils have had a significant role in the ancient trade industry. However, it wasn’t until World War II where Frenchman Jean Valnut used them to treat the injuries of the soldiers that their healing properties were acknowledged by the modern world.
Since that time, essential oils have been studied and used to treat not only physical illness, but also mental ailments such as anxiety and depression.
Essential oils are consumed in three different ways: as a dietary supplement, applied indirectly to the skin in a carrier such as a base oil or bath salts, or through aromatherapy. Not all essential oils can be consumed by mouth, but those who can are used to treat conditions such as inflammation as well as boost immune system and promote antioxidants.
Essential oils consumable by ingestion will have the designation FCC on the label. FCC stands for FOOD CHEMICAL CODEX, suitable for use either for ingestion or external use according to suppliers. As a natural disinfectant for bug bites or fungus, a few oils, such as tea tree and lavender can be applied directly to the skin. Their calming nature works well in beauty and massage therapy as it is absorbed easily through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Aromatherapy is used to promote stimulation or soothing environments and rid the air of unwanted odors.
Essential oils are extracted in one of three ways: compression, steam, or with the use of solvents.
When using compression, the plant is squeezed until the oil is able to be extracted.
In the steaming process, the plant is infused with low heat steam and combines with the oil. Once the mixture cools the oils separate from the water.
Some methods of extraction include binding the oil to a solvent which is later removed before distribution.
The highest quality of extraction that keeps the purest form of the oil is the steaming process. The way these are handled affect the quality and effectiveness of the oil. Many producers dilute or use chemicals in making the oil or fragrance taking away from the initial reason and purpose of using essential oils.
Here at Alchemy of Sol, we believe that scent is a powerful sense. It has the capacity to trigger memories, evoke moods and facilitate healing. Aromatherapy is the science of essential oils and plant extracts harnessing the powerful chemistry of the brain in order to heal and uplift.
Only pure essential oils have the power to do this.