Natural Essential Oils

Natural essential oils are also known as plant essences or aromas. In nature, plants produce a variety of essential oils. These are essences which are stored in different parts of the plants. They act as a protection against enemies, bacteria and fungii or to attract insects and to regulate the water levels e.g. to protect against heat and frost. Whether the scents of the essential oils are also useful for communication between plants hasn't been fully researched yet.

These natural essential oils, highly concentrated extracts from plants, are harvested through steam distillation, cold pressing or extraction method. It is not rare to find between 70 - 600 individual active components in one plant, which makes aromatherapy so unique.

The yields of essential oils from plants vary greatly, depending on the extraction method. This also explains the price difference of the individual oils. Rose Otto, Neroli, Magnolia, Jasmine and Melissa are some of the most expensive oils. For example for one litre of Rose Otto between 3.500 and 5.000 kg of rose petals have to be hand collected. However, the oils produced normally only need two or three drops if you mix them in a 30ml base creme or in a carrier oil with other essential oils.

Essential oils in comparison to carrier oils like Jojoba are volatile essences that need to be kept in air tight bottles, in a cool and dark place.