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What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the natural oils found in many different plants. The benefits of many essential oil-bearing plants have been known and used for thousands of years, yet have largely been forgotten due to the influx of chemically-manufactured drugs. The modern use of essential oils combines traditional wisdom with scientific research to provide natural wellness solutions.1

Many essential oils can do more than just stimulate our olfactory system (the part of the brain responsible for processing smells). Besides the aromatic constituents, a single essential oil can actually be a complex mixture of literally hundreds of different chemical constituents. Many of these chemical constituents have demonstrated properties in scientific research ranging from antibacterial to anticancerous, to antioxidant, to stress relieving, to anti-inflammatory, and many more.1

Because of these many different properties, essential oils have begun to be used more recently not only aromatically but also topically (applied directly on the body) and even internally to help support the body’s natural health mechanisms in many different ways.1

How Do We Get Essential Oils?

Pure essential oils are traditionally extracted from all or part of an aromatic plant through steam distillation) or in the case of citrus oils, by pressing them from the peel). Skilled distillers are careful to use only the best, most natural plants, harvested at the correct time, and distilled in the proper way to ensure the correct balance of chemical constituents in the final, pure oil. Be certain to ensure that you use only the purest, naturally-derived essential oils for any kind of therapeutic use. Avoid oils extracted using chemical solvents or that contain any synthetic chemicals not found in a true essential oil.1

Pinecrest Wellness Center carries dōTERRA® essential oils. To see the essential oils kept in stock, visit our webpage Essential Oils at PWC. To see more dōTERRA® products or order online, visit our website at http://mydoterra.com/pinecrestwellnesscenter


1Aroma Tools, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils booklet 6th Edition (Utah: Aroma Tools, 2014), 4-6.