Plants contain aromatic, high concentration, volatile substances that are called essential oils. These substances perform various functions. For example some are part of the plant’s immune system or the final metabolic product. It is said that essential oils are a plant’s hormones. They define the distinctive scent of each plant and contain all therapeutic essences. Essential oils contain hundreds of orgnanic matter in very small amounts; hormones, vitamins and other natural elements that act in various levels. Essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than oils derived from dried herbs.
Microscopic secretory glands containing essential oils are situated in various parts of a plant. Therefore the essential oils can be extracted from the leaves (eucalyptus, geranium, peppermint, thyme), the seeds (juniper, lemon, bergamot), the blossomed tops (lavender), the petals (rose, jasmine, chamomile), the roots (vetiver, ginger), the fruit peels (orange, bitter orange), the resin (myrrh, frankincense, pine) and the bark (sandalwood, cedarwood).
Essential oils can help modern people find and maintain mental, physical and emotional stability and equilibrium in the most natural way. They constitute essence of Nature and bear all its wisdom, balancing and healing powers. In a very short time essential oils can infiltrate your body and arise senses, regulate functions and relieve stress and pain.
The chemists of the 18th century used the following symbol for essential oils:
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