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What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils in little glass vials with corks

Essential oils are used in natural fragranceskin and body care, natural DIY home upkeep, and aroma-support recipesImagine taking the refreshing scent of a whole peppermint plant and putting it into a tiny bottle, or capturing the heart-warming fragrance of rose petals in a single drop. Essential oils are produced from all sorts of aromatic plants, and we've learned how to extract these oils through the art of distillation

Aromatic plants create essential oils for a variety of reasons. These oils can be found all over the herb, from roots to flowers and fruit peels, from leaves and twigs to grasses. They are produced for protection from predators (animals or insects interested in snacking on the plant) or to attract those helpful critters and crawlers who pollinate and propagate.

1/2 oz. bottles of essential oil laying out on wooden surface with flower

Once extractedessential oils are highly concentrated aromatic ingredients. Because it takes so much plant material to produce a small amount of oil, a little can go a long way. In fact, one drop of organic rose essential oil contains 60 whole flowers! Such potency means that, for many uses, diluting your essential oils is a good practice. For example, when blending oils for aromatherapy purposes, placing just a few potent drops into the essential oil diffuser of your choice creates an immersive fragrance experience that can last for hours. If that seems too good to be true, try one of these three simple combinations and experience the long-lasting fragrance journey for yourself!

3 Simple Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Essential oils are truly plant magic in a bottle, so be mindful with use, and always remember just how precious these plant potions really are! 

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Written by Christine on May 25, 2018

As Products Manager, Christine Rice has been working with the botanical goodies at Mountain Rose Herbs for over 14 years. With a Certificate in Aromatherapy from The American College of Healthcare Sciences, she works closely with the essential oils and hydrosols that we offer. She connects with the aromatherapy industry through our National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy business membership and contributes on working committees with The American Herbal Products Association. In addition to her love for aromatics and blending essential oils, Christine can be found gardening and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She enjoys canning and preserving food, knitting when she has time, and keeps busy with her energetic daughter.

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