Used by the ancient Greeks, the health and well-being benefits of essential oils have been used and enjoyed by many for centuries. Essential oils can be used in a number of ways to help with physical and emotional well-being. These may be used not only by inhaling, but also through massage and when relaxing in an aromatic bath.
Each oil features its own distinct qualities, aromas, and fragrances, and most are used in conjunction with others to create a specific result, such as soothing anxiety and stress.
Essential oils are derived from different sections of various plant life, including the petals of a flower, the rind of a fruit, or leaves, twigs, and bark from trees and wood. The process of extracting these oils takes a considerable amount of time, knowledge, and the right type of equipment, including a large quantity of plants. For example, to create a mere four teaspoonful’s of rose oil, approximately 200 pounds of rose petals will be needed. However, very few drops of essential oils are used at a time to achieve the most positive results.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves and is native to the Mediterranean region. The name rosemary derives from the Latin name rosmarinus, which is from “dew” (ros) and “sea” (marinus) or “dew of the sea”, apparently because it is frequently found growing near the sea. The leaves can be harvested at any time, although they are at their best during the flowering season. The flowers, which can be white, pink, purple or blue, can develop throughout the growing season, although profuse blooming occurs during late winter or early spring.
Vanilla extract is a warming agent with an aroma of vanilla. Capable of adding sparkle and soothing warmth, vanilla extract produces a warming sensation in place of discomfort.