Essential oils are basically plant extracts. They’re made by steaming or pressing various parts of a plant (flowers, bark, leaves, or fruit) to capture the compounds that produce fragrance. It can take several pounds of a plant to produce a single bottle of essential oil. In addition to creating a scent, essential oils perform other functions in plants, too. You can inhale them, When inhaled, the scent molecules in essential oils travel from the olfactory nerves directly to the brain and especially impact the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain. This practice is known as “Aromatherapy”. Essential oils can also be absorbed by the skin.
What exactly is lavender oil?
Lavender oil, also known by its scientific name Lavandula angustifolia, is a type of essential oil derived from, as we all know, the lavender flower. Although it’s now grown globally, lavender is native to the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and Russia.
When it comes to essential oils, many people know the effects of diffusing them aromatically, and the ins and outs of experiencing them topically. They know which combinations make the best blends, and how much carrier oil to mix in.
But, did you know?