Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds that can be found in seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. Their aroma can be both wonderful and powerful. If you have ever been presented with a rose, walked past a field of lavender or smelled of freshly mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. Essential oils can enhance mood, soothe the senses and cause intense emotional reactions. But the use of essential oils extends beyond their aromatic properties.
Essential oils have been used for centuries in many cultures because of their health-promoting qualities. Modern trends towards a more holistic approach to self-care and the increasing scientific recognition of alternative health practices are leading to the rediscovery of the health benefits of essential oils. Many have a powerful cleansing action. Their unique chemical structure allows them to provide the desired benefits through topical application. Some oils can be used in addition to diet to improve vitality and well-being.