We’re delighted to introduce you to Judith White, an incredible resource and truly definitive woman in the world of Aromatherapy and certified organic products. Judith will be joining the Spread the Light family to share her knowledge on organic topics. We hope you will join us for her first series, on a topic about one of the defining ingredients in many KORA Organics products, luxurious Essential Oils.>
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of pure plant extracts known as essential oils. In this series, I discuss what makes those essential oils essential and how to use them in aromatherapy.
Essential oils, validated by science, are highly concentrated molecules that reside within different parts of aromatic plants, each, depending on the oil, plays an active role in the plants immune system. Essential oils need to be extracted from the plant part so we can utilize them as a natural medicine or therapy; the most common extraction method being steam distillation.
These volatile plant liquids are derived from either; flowers, roots, leaves, resins, woods, grasses and seeds and some plants produce several different essential oils; such as the Orange tree which produces sweet Orange oil from the fruit, Neroli from the blossom and Petitgrain from the leaves and leaf stem.
The following is a simplified visual for steam distillation: plants are placed into a vat, steam passes through the plant parts, the plant pores dilate and release the evaporative aromatic molecules into the steam. The steam is cooled, thus returning the vapor to water. Essential oils and water remain separate; leaving the essential oils to reside on top of the aromatic water to be ‘tapped off’. The aroma infused water is called a hydrosol.
Essential oils are antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial to a greater or lesser degree depending on the specie and composition.
Next time, we’ll discuss the fragrance composition and its therapeutic nature.