An oil is “essential” in that it carries “the essence of” the fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted. Many essential oils are extracted from plant matter by distillation using steam, but other methods are also used, such as solvent extraction, resin expelling and mechanical expression.
Essential oils have been used in many countries for thousands of years for their therapeutic properties, benefitting both psychological and physical aspects of health. The most common therapeutic application of essential oils is aromatherapy, where healing effects are achieved through the aromas of combinations of essential oils.
Essential oils are complex and extremely potent; they can be wonderfully beneficial but should be treated with caution. Essential oils should not be used undiluted on the skin
In NATHEO products essential oils are used for their traditional skin care benefits and in combinations that produce a fragrance suited to the particular product. Attention is always paid to the recommended dermal limits for essential oils as extensively studied and published by The Tisserand Institute, and safety certificates are obtained for products in accordance with European regulations.
Essential oils are not the same as fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are artificially created by chemists, often to achieve similar scents to those found in nature, whilst essential oils are a product of nature. Synthetically created fragrance oils do not offer the therapeutic benefits that the essential oils offer, but they are widely available and much less costly to obtain, and are therefore commonly used in soap making, candle making, perfumes and cosmetics.