Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Essential Oils 101: Types of Plant Oils

Welcome to week two of Essential Oils 101! This week I am sharing the types of plant oils. Plants have two oils: seed and essential. Let's get started.

Seed Oils, which are peanut, corn, almond, etc. are known as fatty oils. Here are some quick facts about seed oils:
  • Processed from seeds
  • Necessary foods for seeds to germinate/sprout
  • Not essential to the life processes of the plant
  • Large Molecules (long carbon chains)
  • Non-Aromatic and Non-Volatile
  • Do not circulate in plants or human body
  • Do not pass through tissues/cell walls
  • Greasy to touch
  • Can spoil or turn rancid
  • Not antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral or antiseptic
Therapeutic and Authentic Essential Oils (EO'S) stem from distilled flower, roots, leaves, twigs and bark. Here are some quick facts about EO's: 
  • Distilled from plant parts
  • Not involved in seed germination/early growth
  • Essential to plant life processes
  • Tiny molecules, which are aromatic and volatile
  • Built from rings and short chains
  • Circulate through the plant and in the human body
  • Can pass through cell membranes
  • Not greasy
  • Do not spoil or turn rancid
  • Stimulate nerves and help regenerate tissues
  • Antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic anti-parasitic and antimicrobial
Next week, we'll discuss how the oils are produced and the following week we'll get into the amazing benefits! Have a wonderful week!

All the best,

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