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What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are aromatic volatile (evaporate quickly) liquids steam distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, or seeds.  Vegetable oils, such as olive, jojoba, or grape seed oils are usually pressed from the seeds, fruit or rind and can become rancid … Continue reading

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What is Aromatherapy and How do Essential Oils Work?

Aromatherapy is the use of therapeutic grade essential oils to improve ones wellness, as such it is perfectly suitable for Christians to use. Using scented candles, lotions and creams is considered part of aromatherapy. However, usually such things do not … Continue reading

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Absolutes, Floral Waters and Hydrosols

Do not confuse essential oils with absolutes or extract. To make absolutes or extracts the plant materiel is soaked in alcohol or some other solvent, which dissolves the plant oil, and then the alcohol is evaporated. Some plants, like jasmine, … Continue reading

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DIY Hydrosol

To make essential oils various parts of the plant are steam distilled. As the steam pass through the plant material the oil in the plant also vaporizes and combines with the steam. The steam passes through a cooling chamber where … Continue reading

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