Essential oils are concentrated liquids found in plants that serve to protect, restore and respond to the plants environment. They are a mix of volatile organic compounds extracted from various parts of a plant, for example: seeds, bark, leaves, roots, stems or flowers, most commonly done through steam distillation. Citrus fruit peel is best processed differently through cold-pressing.
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Three essential oils derive from the bitter orange tree: Petitgrain is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tree, Neroli is distilled from the blossoms, and Bitter Orange oil is produced by cold pressing the rinds of the fruits. Petitgrain has a fresh floral citrus scent with a woody herbaceous undertone that is popular with men as well as women, and is widely used in the perfumery industry. It’s Latin name is Citrus Aurantium.
Approx 70% body weight should be water and the regular replenishment of fluid lost through urine and sweat is essential for our basic survival. If we do not replenish enough of this fluid, we become dehydrated with symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, muscle pains and loss of concentration. Chronic dehydration has been identified as a major factor in degenerative diseases, chronic joint pain, digestive problems, allergies, hypertension and even asthma.
Thankfully this happened after an essential oils convention I was attending but whilst away in Amsterdam in May, I had an experience which enabled me to use one of my newest oils received as part of the convention kit I’d just bought.
The essential oil of Citrus Limon is extracted through cold press of the peel of the fruit. Lemon is easily recognised by its fresh, sharp, sweet citrus smell and often chosen as the fragrance used in household cleaning products, it is well known for its cleansing properties, not just on household surfaces but us too, inside and out. If you could only have one oil, this would be the one; it is inexpensive yet can do so much.
The great wealth of trees and vegetation that covers the Earth allows us to live and breathe on this wondrous planet. The sheer abundance of vegetation that the Earth is capable of means there is more than enough to share. Life here yearns to express its abundance, and ability to reproduce itself. Developing our connection to our planet helps us be more grounded; if we can’t do this in reality then we can do this through meditation.
Lavender is probably the most well-known essential oil there is which is no surprise when you look into its history. It’s versatile and kind to the body yet incredibly powerful, so much so it kept the plague at bay for the lavender field workers! It probably doesn’t get the recognition it deserves especially when you read about its many surprising uses and benefits – usually I like to edit down the content on an oil write-up, but not this time!
The oil of boundaries. It is no accident that our grannies told us to use cloves if we felt sick or had toothache, since its efficacies go back to before the birth of Christ! During the Renaissance (14th – 17th century), pomanders were made with cloves to keep epidemics and the plague at bay. Pliny (AD23 – 79) praised cloves, as did the great Roman doctor Alexander Trallianus (c. 525 – c.605), one of the most eminent of the ancient physicians.