What we must understand is where Essential oils come from and how they can be used.
They are extracted from plants berries, seeds, bark, wood, leaves, shrubs and flowers and used in cosmetics, food flavourings, therapy and medicines.
The most commonly known Essential Oils are Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Peppermint, Camomile and Lavender.
The people of Indonesia will be familiar with Cajaput oil which is also known as Minyak Kayu Putih.
Plants are, of course, part of the eco-system of the planet and use their natural resources to defend from insect attack, disease and adverse environmental impacts.
Humans have learnt over the centuries to use their beneficial properties in a variety of ways.
Essential Oils are suitable for muscle complaints, allergies, asthma, mood enhancement, sinus symptoms (cold cough and flu), increasing energy and alertness, reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
They are popular for massage and aromatherapy.
There are two ways in which Essential Oils can be used.
The first is by inhalation through the nose and the second by rubbing the oil on the body.
Essential Oils are highly concentrated and should be diluted with a base oil such as sunflower or sesame.
They are also toxic and poisonous and must never be consumed internally.
Most Essential Oils are distilled using a system of water and steam but some oils are extracted by a squeezing method.
Do not confuse Essential Oils with other Oils which contain chemical additives or synthetic fragrances.
Essential Oils are environment friendly and improve the quality of life.
Whether for relieving pain, fighting flu or just for a good night sleep, they are beneficial to humans for both their liquid oil and for their aroma and they serve us well!