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Essential oil

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile (defined as "the tendency of a substance to vaporize") aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. The term essential used here does not mean indispensable as with the terms essential amino acid or essential fatty acid which are so called since they are nutritionally required by a given living organism. In contrast to fatty oils, essential oils evaporate completely without leaving a stain (residue) when dabbed onto filter paper.

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Incredible, amazing fact about essential oils: As you may be aware, doctors like to help you by trying to heal your illnesses. If it is bacterial, they are in luck because they can prescribe one of their thousands of antibiotics, and hopefully you will get better. However, even doctors have to admit that they really don't have much for viruses, because it is a disease that gets into your cells. Essential oils (of pure, therapeutic, certified grade) reach every cell in your body within 20 minutes. They kill off viruses, clean out the cells, and also fight bad bacteria. There is virtually no ailment of the human body that cannot be healed and treated with essential oils. And, unlike modern medicine, your body does not have the ability to build tolerance against them, because they are natural; instead of attacking parts of your body, they work with your body to kill the bad while improving the good.

Contributed by Samantha Regis

A great article from the University of Minnesota on how to choose and use essential oils.

Contributed by Mariam Mostamandy

They are delicious to your sense of smell! They come in many different scents usually flowers, fruits, and different plants are commonly found in oil form. There are so many different ways to use them and they are even beneficial for our health! They are used in aromatherapy, bath salts, soap, candles, perfume and more. They can be pretty pricey though so I will post on how you can make your own!

Contributed by Miren Moragrega

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