I was thoroughly convinced of the effectiveness of essential oils and still didn't really know what they were! My friend Kathy shared a magazine article with me that answered most of my questions. I contacted the author of the article, Millie Troth, and she has graciously allowed me to share excerpts from that article in this blog.
My first answered question: What IS an essential oil?
From "What is an essential oil good for?," by Millie Troth, Countryside and Small Stock Journal, May/June 2010:
"Essential oils are the aromatic liquids that are distilled from flowers, seeds, roots, bushes, leaves, shrubs and trees. Essential oils are a very complex by-product of these natural plants containing hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds. Essential oils are also highly concentrated and far more potent than dried herbs."
There are four grades of essential oils.
"Grade A oils are pure therapeutic quality and are usually made from organically grown plants distilled at the proper temperatures using steam distillation.
"Grade B oils are food grade; they may contain synthetics, pesticides, fertilizers, extenders, or carrier oils, therby, perhaps making them not the safest compounds to ingest.
"Grade C oils are perfume grade and may contain the same type of adulterating chemicals as food grade oils.
"Floral Water is a byproduct of the distillation process, a very high quality if it comes from a Grade A distillation process. Accordingly, it is of low quality if it comes from poor quality raw materials and/or poor distillation processes. It is usually found in skin and hair products."
Over the next several days, I'll be sharing more helpful information from Millie Troth and also posting more essential oil recipes. I hope you'll check back often! We love to read your comments, so please let us hear from you!
Millie Troth can be reached by e-mail at GentleWinds@hotmail.com or by visiting http://www.e-oils-4-u.vibrantscents.com/.
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