6 More Things You May Not Know About Essential Oils
The world of essential oils is a fast-growing one, thanks to modern society “rediscovering” what many cultures have known for thousands of years: the amazing all-natural properties of essential oils can be a boon to one’s health, spirit, and state of mind.
In a previous article, we outlined six interesting facts those new to essential oils may not know.
But even longtime advocates of essential oil usage may not know these six interesting facts about essential oils:
They Exist in Every Part of the Plant
Essential oils can be extracted from every part of a plant. The leaves, flowers, and seeds are most common, but even the stems, roots, and other parts contain the elements that are refined into what we know as essential oil.
They’re Actually Quite Rare
Essential oils may be produced from flowers, herbs and spices grown the world over, in plants that are commonplace wherever you go, but that doesn’t mean producing them is easy. It’s quite difficult to distill essential oils from these plants. For example, it takes upwards of 22 pounds of rose petals to create just 5ml of rose essential oil. This is why people pay a premium for high quality essential oils!
They Are Incredibly Complex Compounds
One might get the impression that an essential oil is the distilled essence of a plant. That is in some ways correct, but looking at them that way gives you a misleading view of their complexity. Essential oils are made up of a complex array of phytochemicals that include phenols, alcohols, ethers, esters, aldehydes, ketones, and others. When you think of Shaman Lavender Oil or Shaman Sage Organic Oil, remember that they are have surprising and potent effects because they ARE surprising and potent – and they’re made only of what comes from the plant itself!
They Are Not the Same as Fragrance Oils
It’s easy for the casual user to mistake essential oils with fragrance oils, especially since essential oils are themselves so alluringly fragrant. It’s important to understand the difference, however. When you see a product labeled as a “fragrance” or “perfume,” not only is it not an essential oil, chances are it is synthetically manufactured. A true essential oil, like Shaman Oregano Oil, is all natural. Look for the quality guarantee of lines like Shaman Essential Oils so you know what you are getting.
They Have a Long Shelf Life
If handled properly, most essential oils have a generous shelf life. As long as they are stored in bottles with dark glass (to prevent light intrusion) and are kept in a cool, dry place, most oils will last five years with no problem, and many will last up to ten years with careful handling. (The exceptions are citrus oils, which lose much of their potency in about two years, and some evergreen-based oils, such as pine and spruce.) Consider this when you see the price on a bottle. Since you are using just a few drops at a time, you will get a lot of use from your purchase!
Some Have Potent Antibacterial Properties
Both in vitro and in vivo testing (in test tubes and in the body, respectively) have verified what many cultures have known for thousands of years: some essential oils contain potent antibacterial properties that allow them to aid in fighting sickness, disease, and to act as disinfectants. This is why essential oils are so often used to aid in wellness and healthy living. Because the beneficial effects are time-tested and, now, scientifically proven!For more information on Shaman Essential Oils, contact us at HELLO@SHAMANOILS.COM.