Essential oils are the fragrant oils found within various parts of a plant, including the leaves, flowers, bark, roots, stems, seeds and fruits. These unique aromatic compounds occur naturally in plants to help them adapt to changing internal and external environments, control infections, heal wounds, attract pollinators and repel dangers. By extracting essential oils, we are able to access the most powerful healing compounds of a plant into a single oil that is 40-50 times more potent than the plant itself. This is why plant oils have been used for centuries in traditional medicine.
The resources listed below provide descriptions of the many uses and benefits of essential oils. When purchasing essential oils it is important to keep in mind that high quality and therapeutic-grade ones will be (i) pure - no additives, chemicals or synthetic oils, (ii) extracted by steam distillation, CO2 extraction or mechanical cold pressing, (iii) guaranteed to be the species indicated through gas chromatographic analysis and (iv) tested and verified by a third party and independent lab. All pure essential oils will include the plant's botanical name on the label (e.g. Commiphora Myrrha is the botanical name for myrrh.)
As with any complementary therapy and full wellness support, it is important to fully research and form your own opinion on whether Essential Oils are right for you in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional. Below are some resource links to help you get started.
Essential Oil Guides
Below is a list of Essential Oil vendors used by Connect4Hope community members and the thrivers featured in our Stories of Hope.