Aromatherapy and essential oils are relative to a range of traditional, integrative or alternative therapies that use essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds.

Essential oils have a history stemming back 6,000 years, with their main objective being complementary to a person’s physical, mental and transcendental health.

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) distinctly addresses aromatherapy as “the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for wholesome healing.”

Essential oils have been stipulated to contain various degrees of antimicrobial activity and are antiviral, nematocidal & insecticidal. Most compounds in essential oils are said to contain antiseptic properties. Other compounds may be antifungal, antiviral, carminative, or decongestant and hold antioxidant properties. The application of therapeutically-graded organic essential oils include: massage, topical applications, ingestion through their addition to food and drink  and also direct inhalation or diffusion.

Nevertheless, be aware that “natural” compounds are nonetheless chemicals, so, they may be dangerous if utilized inappropriately. It is advised to seek a professional when using essential oils to avoid any hazards if one doesn’t have any experience blending or using them.

Essential oils are particularly volatile, aromatic compounds produced by plants. Plants produce essences as a result of their natural immune system against micro-organisms or as part their reproductive process to attract pollinators or seed dispersers. For centuries essential oils have been extracted from plants and a multitude of applications have also been allocated for their beneficial use such as: food, medicine, cosmetics, therapy etc…

Essential oils are highly concentrated molecules of the compound and are highly aromatic. Concentrating the essences of these plants involves separating the active healing compounds of a plant into a therapeutically-graded essential oil.

These therapeutic elements are extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree, and just one drop can facilitate powerful & therapeutic health benefits which can also assist recovery as a complementary therapy to conventional medicine (always seek advice from your GP before attempting to integrate any therapy as part of your recovery).

Typically, they are extracted through different processes of distillation, which separate oil and water-based compounds of a plant by steaming.  They are also obtained by putting the plant material through a specific extraction processes, depending on the plant. These include hydro-distillation, cold-pressing or Co2 extraction.