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Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Water Willow

The term oil in "essential oils" is not truly accurate but a traditional term.

Essential oils are very volatile fragrances that easily evaporate and are very different in character from oils such as olive oil or safflower oil.

Essential oils are complex mixtures of plant produced chemicals - essential lavender oil has more than 50 plant chemicals.

Pure essential oils are expensive and must be obtained from reputable sources.

Adulteration of essential oils is very common: a product like rose oil yields just 0.2% essential oil. While the finest natural French lavender oils harvested in the Haute Provence are supplemented with linalyl acetate up to 70 percent, many other lavender oils from France have even higher levels of linalyl acetate.

Such oils are fortified with synthetic products and may have no traces of natural lavender. Sandalwood oil can be adulterated with diverse oils such as caster, palm and linseed.

Essential oils are remarkably free of side effects - which is reflected by their long use by humans. Some people may have allergies to oils such as cinnamon oil and juniper berry oil, but we do not use these oils.

Lawrence Alma-Tadema - In the Peristyle



Skin Health and Essential Oils

Surprisingly, many of the traditional mood altering essential oils also have been historically used for skin care.