Essential oils are volatile oils that impart
the characteristic odors of plants. It it not only used in
aromtherapy, but also in perfumes and food flavorings. In
nature, the oils are produced by in munute plant cells or
glands. For commercial purposes, essential oils are
normally extracted from plant materials using water or
solvents. In the ancient civilizations, essential oils
have been used for healing or religious rituals. More
recently, with the rapid progress in understanding of
science and ortodox medincine, there has been a great
interest in the healing properties and appplications of
essential oils, especially in the field of Aromatherapy.Pure essetial oils
should retain its characteristics for one to two years.
But once diluted in a base oil, will only last for three
months or so before spoiling. They should be stored at
constant temperature in a corked dark glass or flip-top
container. They will deteriorated quickly when subjected
to extreme light and temperature. Aromatherapy is a method
of healing using essentiall oils that are highly aromatic
to treat the subject.
Essentially, an essential oil is a concentrated,
hydrophobic liquid substance that contains relatively volatile
aromatic compounds obtained from flora and fauna. They are
valuable ingredients in the frangrance and food industries, for
their presence usually make up the crux of the completed
As its name suggests, it is important and crucial for
certain oils to be used and existing in the human body. While
nowadays such oils are mostly used as beautification products,
they also possess medicinal properties and therefore play
multiple roles in the human lifestyle.
In Singapore, the workload of an average Singaporean, be it
student or working aduit, is hectic and it is usually packed
together with a burden of stress as well. Together with the
consumption of unhealthy junk food, usually, the skin
complexion suffers, and that is where the role of such products
play their part in enhancing damaged skin.
Common forms of essential oils use are inhalation,
bathing, loans and creams, hair treatment, mouthwash and
gargle, and massage.
With the weight gaining package of stress and
workload in Singapore, more and more people tend to fall ill
more easily because of their weakened natural defenses system.
As a result, there have been a few methods developed to cater
to the people seeking ways to enhance their immunity.
One of the ways to counter the ill effects of stress is the
method of aromatherapy -- the process of using natural oils and
extracts and usually immersion within the compound. The natural
chemicals not only usually enhance skin complexion, but also
has stress-relieving capabilities because of the fragrance it
Aromatherapy usually involves the use of essential oils.
Presently, with the huge availabilty of essential oils in the
market, aromatherapic treatments are capable of being carried
out at home, with simple idiot-proof instructions to
When used for massages, essentials are usually diluted with
carrier or base oils. Generally it is not advisable to apply
of essential oils undiluted.It is very important
to use a high quality base oil, as poor quality oil wil hamper
the passage of the essetil oil through the skin. A common error
for beginners is to use baby oil or mineral oil as base oil.
When in fact it is better to use a good quality vegetable oil
or nut oil than baby oil and mineral oil. Any vegetable or nut
oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, olive, hazelnut, avocado,
soya bean, corn or safflower oil can be a good base for
essential oils. It is best to use cold-pressed base oil.