What Are Essential Oils

Essential oils are the naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds that come from the leaves, flowers, bark, and other parts of the plant. They are called the lifeblood of the plant, as they protect the plant from disease, fungus, drought, and pests. One drop contains 40 million trillion molecules. One drop of essential oil
contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our body with 400,000 molecules.

4I chose to go with YoungLiving Essential Oils because they control their farms, plants, distilleries, and packaging locations.  They call it their “seed to seal” guarantee.  I love how they not only talk about it, but they are excited to show anyone who’d like to visit their farms first hand.  You can take part in a harvest and help bottle your own essential oils…how fun would that be!

There are three ways to physically separate an oil:

  1. Distillation (steam, steam/water, or water)
  2. Expression (also known as cold-pressing and usually done for citrus oils)
  3. Maceration/distillation (a softening or breaking down due to prolonged exposure to moisture)

Four main distillation methods | www.halfagonyandhope.com

Distillation is one of the most important parts of the process because if it’s stopped to early or to late, the purity of the oil will be affected. One of my favorite things about Young Living is they are very diligent in their inspection and making sure the process is completed correctly for the purest of pure oils. They’ve been doing it for over 20 years! They’ve had plenty of time to perfect their process.

IT takes a LOT of plants to produce the oils, some more than others, this is often reflected in the price… imagine steaming rose petals to extract JUST the oil, with no water left…WOW. It takes about 5,000 lbs to =1 pint of oil! Which amount surprises you the most?


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