When coming home after a long day, unwinding is the first thing on your mind. What better way to do that than with a natural method which has worked for centuries? Aromatherapy has been a part of our history for well over 3,500 years. It is proclaimed to enhance your state of mind and help to alleviate stress.
Using essential oils is the most popular form of aromatherapy. Essential oils are collected from components that are derived from plants by methods of distillation, or cold press. Since they are made from the aromatic essence of plants, the oils encapsulate the fragrance from the herbs. Each distinctive compound extracted grants each essential oil its custom aroma. They are extracted to be used for external use when diluting with carrier oils or aromatherapeutic methods, such as diffusers. Essentially, these oils have a beneficial impact and a remarkable ability to positively affect one’s well-being.
Distillation Method: How It Works
Many of our essential oils, those of which include Lavender, Oregano, Peppermint, and Tea Tree oils are extracted through steam distillation. This specific type of extraction dates all the way back to the 10th century. The process begins by placing the proper proportion of freshly harvested or dried plants inside an alembic chamber. There is a proportionate amount of water that is then boiled. As the water boils, steam enters the chamber which contains the plants, further vaporizing the molecules and releasing the essential oil. The steam and the oil are then transferred through a cooling tube, which shifts it into a liquid that is collected in another vessel. Due to varying densities, the oil separates from the water and stays afloat as the hydrosol, the recondensed water, stays at the bottom. The essential oil is then able to be distributed.
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Cold-Pressed Method: How It Works
Another common method of processing is cold-pressing, which is used for our Brazilian Orange, Bergamot and Lemon essential oils. Cold-pressing helps preserve the potency and effectiveness of essential oils. Certain plants whose molecules undergo high levels of heat can oftentimes minimize the oil’s health benefits.
This is why this heatless chemical-free process is ideal for extracting oils from many fruits and plants. But how does it work? The extraction method simply involves placing plants and/or fruit peels through a grated cylinder which slowly punctures them. After that, the peels and plants are sprayed with water and a centrifugal force then begins to separate the oil from the plant’s pulp and liquid. This puncturing and spinning process releases the essential oils from the plant or peels into their purest form.
New Directions Aromatics August 16, 2017
Robert Tisserand once said, “Aromatherapy is a caring, hands on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body, and soul.” Aromatherapy is a great healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote healthy self care habits. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils to boost the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both mental and emotional health.
Using Essential Oils in a Diffuser
A diffuser is an appliance that plugs into the wall and dispenses your chosen fragrance into the room. The diffuser is first filled with filtered water, then add several drops of essential oils, before turning it on. A mist of water infused with the essential oil fragrance is emitted into your room’s atmosphere. Though the process sounds very technical, essential oil diffusers are very holistic and therapeutic. The sound of the mist entering the atmosphere is very pleasing in and of itself. Many diffusers also emit a light when on, which increases a therapeutic, relaxing environment. The scent that you choose to use in your diffuser will have its own unique effects, too. Some that are considered our fan favorites are listed below. Essentially, the diffuser is an easy and fast way to incorporate essential oils into your busy daily living routine when you have little time for yourself.
Popular Majestic Pure Essential Oils
Lavender: Lavender Oil is known to naturally repel various insects. It is one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy, cosmetics and perfumery. Due to its versatile properties, pure lavender is one of the most widely used aromatic plants known to mankind.
Peppermint: Peppermint oil, also known as brandy mint and balm mint, is extracted from the flowers, buds, and leaves of Mentha piperita. It has a fresh, sharp, menthol smell, the result of Menthol and Menthone, compounds that give this oil its minty, pungent scent. It is considered a potent oil with the powerful Menthol offering multiple health and household benefits. Peppermint essential oil is popular due to its wide range of practical and therapeutic benefits.
Lemon: Lemon oil’s crisp, refreshing aroma is considered to be one of the lightest in aromatherapy. This very clean smelling citrus oil promotes a cheerful atmosphere of purity and freshness. It is used for various household cleaning and sanitizing practices.
Clove Leaf: Clove Oil has a naturally warm, strong, slightly pungent and spicy scent. It was used by the ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese to alleviate toothaches and as a breath sweetener.
Cinnamon Leaf: Cinnamon essential oil is extracted fromCinnamomum zeylanicum (also known as C.verum and Laurus cinnamomum) of the Lauraceae family. Cinnamon is a derivative of the Greek word 'Kinnamon' meaning 'tube' or 'pipe. Cinnamon oil has excellent antibacterial activity, either alone or diluted with carrier oils such as Coconut/Almond Oil. To aid in your sleep, add a few drops onto your pillow to inhale the aroma for a soothing sleep.
Rosemary: Majestic Pure Rosemary Oil is extracted from the leaves and flowers of Rosmarinus officinalis (also known as Rosmarinus coronarium) through the process of steam distillation. Rosemary Oil emits a powerful, refreshing herbal scent. Our natural Rosemary Oil is known for its incredible benefits in Skin Care, Hair Care, and Overall Health. Add drops to your favorite diffuser to relax and calm your mind after a vigorous day. Dilute our natural Rosemary Essential Oil with a Majestic Pure carrier oil and enjoy a therapeutic massage!
Frankincense: Frankincense Oil is extracted through steam distillation from the resin of Frankincense Trees (Boswellia serrata). Boswellia serrata has a clean, natural, citrus fragrance. Frankincense is among the most widely used of all essential oils. This essential oil has been a popular ingredient in cosmetics and incense burners for centuries. When diffused in your home, it helps provide protection for you and your family by encouraging healthy, balanced moods. It is known for its properties in promoting healthy, vital looking skin (need to dilute with a carrier oil first).
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus essential oil is obtained from the fresh leaves of the tall, evergreen eucalyptus tree. The oil emits a strong, sweet and earthy scent. It is often a key ingredient in perfumes and cosmetics because of its unique, fresh and clean aroma.
Bottom line is that essential oils provide a natural versatile range of benefits to your self-care routine. Each essential oil offers its own unique scent and solution to anything ranging from stress/anxiety to sleep difficulties. They are natural fragrances without the harmful chemicals that are often in perfumes while serving to help you unwind after long days. We hope that this blog offered a well rounded description of what essential oils are and what they can do for you. Learning about essential oils and which are best for you is a process that we are happy to help you with every step of the way! If you have any more questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rena M Lamb
Thank you for the therapeutic benefits. Most times we don’t know what oil to purchase to achieve the results we want. This is most helpful.