Friday, March 29, 2013

Interesting Facts

 It takes as many as 12,000 rose blossoms to distill just 5 ml of essential oil

It takes one TON of peppermint leaves to make one gallon of peppermint oil.

You would have to drink about 27 cups of peppermint tea to equal ONE drop of peppermint essential oil.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

"My outer world reflects my inner world"

Here is a link to an excellent post called "Creating Balance in a World of Chaos" written by my best friend Katie about mental, physical, and emotional clutter. I wanted to share because I feel it is important. She says that once we get clear on our future and what we want, it is much easier to let go of clutter. She also talks about the "5 Pillars" she does everyday to help her create a solid foundation and that her day goes much smoother, she is nicer to herself, and that she is more at peace at the chaos around her.

What are your 5 pillars?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds found in seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. They give plants their distinctive smell and also provide plants with protection against predators and disease and also play a role in plant pollination. They are fat soluble, but do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent, range in color from crystal clear to deep blue, and when applied to the skin are immediately absorbed. They have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

Essential oils are most often retrieved via low-heat steam distillation. Steam is circulated through the plant material under pressure so that the oils separate from the plant and combine with the steam. As the steam mixture cools, the water and the oil naturally separate and the oil is collected. Temperature and pressure must be closely monitored to ensure highest quality oil extract of the correct chemical composition. This is a complex process, if too little heat is used it will not release the oil, and if too much heat is used it can change the composition and potency of the oil.

Along with the complex extraction process is the careful selection of the correct plants and plant parts harvested at the right time. It is as much an art form as it is science, and requires experienced growers and distillers working together to ensure a high quality product.

Steam distillation is the most common form of extraction, but oils such as citrus are extracted through compression. In this process the oil is squeezed from the plant. Also very few essential oils are extracted using solvents that bind with the oils and are later removed from the final product.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Quote on the Body and Aging

"The normal experience of the body and its aging is a conditioned response--a habit of thinking and behavior. By changing your habits of thinking and behavior, you can change the experience of your body and it's aging."

Deepak Chopra M.D.

Here is a great article he wrote:
"7 Secrets to Grow Younger, Live Longer"