Extracted through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they come.

There is virtually no limit to how essential oils can be used. We often use them topically or aromaticaly, in cooking and cleaning, as fragrance, in massage, or even on animals! They are useful, powerful allies in our quest for wellness.

But what exactly are essential oils, and where do they come from? Let’s find out!

The Basics

Essential oils are highly concentrated and are more powerful than dried herbs. Each essential oil can contain hundreds of different chemical compounds.


Adj–evaporating rapidly; passing off readily in the form of vapor

An essential oil is a volatile substance–derived from a plant–that contains the natural smell and characteristics of that plant.


Essential Oils are distilled from botanicals such as flowers, shrubs, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. Distillation techniques carefully maintain low pressure and low temperature to preserve the fragile constituents of essential oils.

There are four main distillation methods

  • Steam Distillation
  • Absolute Oil Extraction
  • Resin Tapping
  • Cold Pressing

The most common method, steam distillation, permeates the botanical with steam, drawing essential oils out of the raw plant matter.


The three main uses of essential oils are:

  • Aromatic:

    Inhale aroma directly from the bottle or diffuse.

  • Dietary:

    Swallow 1-2 drop; mix with liquids such as water, juice, or plant-based milk; or place in a capsule and take internally.

  • Topical:

    Apply directly to the skin, often with a carrier oil such as V-6 Vegatable Oil Complex or olive oil

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