ssential oils are the highly concentrated essences of plants. They maybe used as part of the plant’s immune system or have other multiple functions. One thing to note is that essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than the oils in dried herbs.
Most commonly essential oils are extracted using steam distillation. Steam travels through the plant which results in the oil being released in a vaporized form. Other forms are is using expression methods- most commonly used on citrus oils.
To give you an idea of how many plants it takes to make a pound of essential oil look below. You might find the number staggering.
1 lb of essential oil for each requires
50 pounds of eucalyptus
150 pounds of lavender
500 pounds of rosemary
1,000 pounds of jasmine
So what are essential oils used for? I’ve listed several below.
Basil- people comment that they feel energized and refreshed with a few drops
Citronella- can be added to cleaners and you can make your own bug spray with it!
Frankincense- can help with anxiety and stress
Peppermint- when mixed with a lotion has been used for headaches. It can also be put in a diffuser.
Morgan’s Favorite Essential oils and blends
Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Clove, Tea tree oil
Favorite blend – Peppermint and lavender (used when washing and cleaning)
Cough, Colds, Sinusitis- Peppermint and lavender in the diffuser
Tea tree oil in a lotion for skin or conditioner
Eucalyptus- in a diffuser for a cough (small amount)
Thieves- immune system support
For more information regarding oils contact Morgan at Heartland Apothecary!