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Using Essential Oils for Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy refers to the use of essential oils for well-being. The use of aromatics through massage, inhalation, baths and perfumes to enhance physical and mental health is an ancient art that has been practiced for millennia.
Essential oils are the concentrated aromatic essences of plants, flowers, trees, herbs, and spices. Essential oils are prized for varying attributes including aroma, flavor, therapeutic benefits as well as biochemical properties such as antibacterial and anti-fungal. Essential oils are frequently used in aromatherapy, homeopathic healing, culinary applications (food grade only), and in the manufacture of cosmetics, soaps, lotions, balms, natural household cleaners, and even insect repellants.
There are basically three methods used to extract the oils from the leaves, bark, rind and flowers of plants: steam distillation, cold expression, and solvent extraction. LorAnn's essential oils are obtained using either steam distillation or cold extraction.