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August 17, 2018

Introduction Into Essential Oils

People have used essential oils for centuries as a way to improve their overall physical and mental health. From skin soothing properties to supporting your immune system, essential oils have a never-ending list of amazing health benefits! As holistic health practices and natural living have grown in popularity worldwide, so have essential oils, but what exactly are essential oils?

What are Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated, liquid plant extracts. These plant extracts come from many different sources including flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin, and peels. They are called “essential” because they contain the essence of a plant. All plants contain “essences”, which are not only beneficial to the plant but also provide many benefits to humans as essential oils.

How do we get Essential Oils?

Extracting essential oils from plants is commonly done in two ways: distillation or cold pressing.

Steam Distillation — This is the most common and gentlest method of extraction. During this process, many parts of the plants, such as the roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark, are heated by water vapor to create their own steam. That steam then condenses into a liquid, and the essences of the plants separate from the water.

 

Steam Distillation

 

Cold Pressed Extraction — Also known as expression, this method is uniquely used for citrus fruits. A centrifuge separates the natural oil from the skin of the fruit and fruit juices.

 

Cold Pressed Extraction

 

After extraction, the outcome is a highly concentrated essential oil. This oil has the properties of the plant from which it was extracted. This includes the aroma, therapeutic benefits, and other plant characteristics.

How Can I Use Essential Oils?

The practice of using essential oils is called aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the art or science of utilizing the powers of essential oils. People have practiced aromatherapy for centuries. There are many different ways that you can use essential oils; the most common ways are diffusion, topical application, and household use.

Diffusion — One of the easiest and most effective ways to use essential oils is with diffusion. Diffusion allows you to breathe in the beneficial properties of essential oils, which allows them to be immediately absorbed into your body.

Topical Application — Another effective way to use essential oils is topical application. This method works best if you are targeting a specific area of the body. When you apply essential oils topically, your skin will absorb the oil and its health benefits, distributing them throughout the body. We always recommend using a carrier oil when you apply essential oils topically. For dilution rates, check out our dilution chart here. We also provide pre-diluted roll-on essential oils that are ready for topical application.

Household — Using essential oils for household purposes is a great way to naturally take care of your family and home. There are many different essential oils that you can use around your home. Common ways to uses essential oils in the home are for cleaning, deterring pests, and eliminating odors.

Benefits of Essential Oils

From supporting optimal health to replacing toxic cleaning supplies, there is a never-ending list of uses and benefits that essential oils can provide. The possibilities are endless! Below are some of our most popular essential oils and their therapeutic benefits.

Lavender — Extracted from the Lavender flower, this versatile oil provides you with many benefits:

Frankincense — Extracted from the Boswellia tree, people have used this oil for thousands of years for its therapeutic benefits:

Tea Tree — Commonly known as Melaleuca, Tea Tree is a strong but gentle oil with many different uses and benefits:

Peppermint — Extracted from the peppermint plant, this essential oil is one of our most popular, and it is easy to see why:

Now that you know the basics of essential oils, it is time for you to dive into exploring the amazing benefits of these little bottles of magic! If you have questions or want to learn more about essential oils, the Rocky Mountain Oils blog is a great place to start. It’s filled with information written by essential oil specialists to help you navigate the world of essential oils!

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I have ordered some peppermint. Can I use it as perfume? Thank you!

Sharon Ashbach | August 20, 2018 | Reply

When I was working (YEARS ago), I made up 2 rollerballs, one with peppermint and MCT oil, and the other with Lavender and MCT oil. I would roll one on the inside of my right elbow and the other one on the left elbow. The peppermint gave me a pick me up while the lavender helped me concentrate during the las hour or two of the day, and I would go home in a wonderful mood. Needless to say, I LOVE EO”s!

Deborah | August 21, 2018 | Reply

How are your oil different from Young Living oils, some oil you can digest why can’t you do yours that way?

Stephani & Calvin Mikeska | August 22, 2018 | Reply

    What a great question! It’s difficult to do a direct comparison from one essential oil company to another. One difference that sets us apart is that we do not utilize multi-level marketing, so we do not require that our customers work through consultants or distributors. We are able to pass savings along to our customers by selling directly to them from our website, no middleman needed.

    At this time, we do not provide recommendations or suggestions on ingestion because the body can safely absorb essential oils by topical application or diffusion. However, all of our oils are 100% pure and therapeutic. They are of the quality to use internally with wisdom, safety, and appropriate guidance.

    We also believe in the safety of our customers. We feel that essential oils are very potent and can be dangerous if not used correctly. We know that some people choose to ingest essential oils so we suggest that expert advice is sought out by the individual as many factors such as oil safety and personal health play a big part in this type of usage.

    Customer Service RMO | August 22, 2018 | Reply

I love this post, thank you for sharing! I recently received sacred frankincense and lavender and I love them both! I can’t wait to switch out all my oils to your brand!

Reesha | August 23, 2018 | Reply

I first discovered essential oils a few years ago purchasing the basic “starter” oils Lavendar, Eucaliptus and Pepperment. I suffer from broncitus in the winter and these oils were wonderful for some relief. That was the beginning. I haven’t stoped since. I now make my own medicinal and beauty skin care products as well as cleaning products, just to name a few. My research continues! Whatever the need, I have an oil for along with carrier oils for blending. There is no turning back………

Brenda Truett | August 23, 2018 | Reply

    Thank you so much for your comment Brenda! We are so happy to hear that you are able to receive relief the natural way 🙂

    Customer Service RMO | August 24, 2018 | Reply