What is an Essential Oil?

An essential oil is the lifeblood of the plant.
The term ‘essential oil’ refers to a highly concentrated
oil that is extracted from a variety of plants.

what is an essential oil

The plants use these oils to grow and adapt to their environment. Each is key to protecting the plant from things such as insects and harsh conditions. Essential oils act as the immune system in a plant. In fact, they are necessary for the plant to live.

Essential oils are extracted through distillation from a variety of plants and their various parts such as trees, seeds, shrubs, flowers, and roots. When processed properly through steam distillation, the oils retain their potent properties and are highly concentrated.

Aren’t essential oils just for fragrance?

Essential oils are aromatic liquids. They are plant extracts composed of microscopic molecules that are able to penetrate our cells and travel through our blood veins and tissues. Essential oils can help support our body’s natural healing systems. They have been used for centuries for a multitude of benefits from encouraging a restful night’s sleep to soothing insects bites.

Try essential oils in one of the many natural skincare recipes or homemade cleaning solutions here at Life-n-Reflection. Order an adorable essential oil starter kit to begin your journey into essential oils or learn more about getting started.