The poet Heinrich Heine describes a plant’s scent as the “Feelings of Flowers” - “Gefühle der Blumen”. Essential oils have very important functions in the natural world: they attract insects and repel bacteria, pests and fungi. With essential oils - concentrated plant fragrances - we can derive benefit from the intrinsic properties of each plant. They produce these oils in their “oil glands”. These volatile substances dissolve in fat but do not actually contain oil; they evaporate without residue. This property is highly valued by the perfume industry, where essential oils are used in numerous fragrances. Essential oils have many powerful properties which are beneficial to our health.
For example, they improve mood, have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic effects.
Essential oils can penetrate the skin and influence internal organs. Their molecules reach the brain directly via the olfactory sensors in the nose. Lavender, rose and jasmine are very calming and create a sense of tranquility. Lemon, orange and other citrus fruits, however, are invigorating! You can use essential oils in a variety of ways: for aromatherapy, as an additive to massage oils or as bath salts. Naturally pure essential oils are made from flowers, leaves, roots or bark, depending on the plant. Hot steam distillation is the most widely used method of production. To do this, the steam penetrates the plant components, dissolves the essential oils and then condenses. Citrus oils are created by cold pressing the peels. Extraction with volatile solvents is used mainly for flower oils.