Essential or etheric oils: what are they?
Plants, herbs, flowers, fruits and seeds all contain essential oils. These are the fragrant and volatile components that are found in special oil cells, glands or vessels within the plant. The aroma of essential oils can either attract insects or else keep them at a distance. In addition, the oils also play a useful role in helping to prevent plant disease.
Essential oils can have a positive effect on the human body through ingestion, inhalation or by direct absorption into the skin. The aim is to provide relaxation, stimulation and purification. In addition, they open the body's airways and otherwise help to combat numerous health problems. This alternative, natural method of treatment and care is known as aromatherapy. Diffusion or micro-atomisation is one of the most effective ways to use essential oils via inhalation.
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