Essential Oils

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The practice of aromatherapy is at least 8,000 years old and allows us to benefit from the unique essences present in living plants through the aromatic experience. All of our essential oils are pure distillations and our citrus oils are cold-pressed. Essential oils are highly concentrated, and contain hundreds of beneficial constituents. Imagine 10 lbs of lavender or 600 lbs. of rose petals in just 1 ounce of oil! They are 100% pure and suitable for aromatherapy, cosmetics, bodycare applications, massage, and esoteric use. If stored correctly, they will last at least 1 year and many for more than 4 years.

Our speciality is offering the best quality, pure essential oils available at fair and reasonable pricing. What this means to our customers is that they are assured that they will be getting excellent quality essential oils at pricing that is typically less than many of our competitors. The price difference that you may see if you compare some retail sellers of essential oils and Nature’s Body Shop is not reflective of quality. We strive to serve the home-buying end user looking for healing oils (therapeutic grade essential oils) and to also serve large corporate customers looking for larger quantities of bulk essential oils for a whole variety of uses and purposes.

Whatever your intended use, these highly concentrated healing oils (therapeutic grade essential oils) and natural raw materials (absolutes, essential oils, and speciality oils) for the natural perfume industry, they will delight you and serve the purposes for which you intend them. Essential oil uses are varied and many – body care product manufacture, aromatherapy and healing oil needs, and production of natural perfumes for the healing of emotions or increasing sensual delights, among others.

Highly aromatic substances, essential oils – known as essences (from the original idea of the essence or “spirit” of the plant) – are produced in the cells of aromatic plants and are held in specialized glands or cells. These essences are scientifically termed secondary metabolites, whereas they are commonly called essential oils when they are released from the plants through distillation or other extraction techniques. It is interesting to note that many essential oils are actually comprised of hundreds of individual chemical constituents, and that many of them may not be aromatic at all. Also, when learning about the chemistry of essential oils, you will find that many constituents are found in relatively large proportions and often in many different essential oils from a whole variety of plant species. For instance, we often see linalool (aka linalol), limonene, geranial, pinene, etc. in many essential oils obtained from plants of very diverse plant families.

While steam distillation is the most common method used to extract pure essential oils, there are many other methods. Most notably we find that many citrus peel essential oils, such as lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, etc., are expressed rather than distilled. Expressed essential oils from citrus peels are produced by an easy method of collecting and concentrating the essential oil – the peels are collected, washed and then pressed. The resulting liquid is separated into the essential oil and water fractions. Sometimes these expressed citrus peel essential oils are distilled and perhaps re distilled to create citrus essential oils with different properties that can be applied to many different uses.

Other methods used to create pure essential oils are dry or vacuum distillation, molecular distillation, hydro (or water distillation) or water / steam distillation (a combination of steam and water distillation). Please see our pure essential oil / therapeutic grade essential oil web page for more information on the processes used to extract these wonderful aromatic and healing oils from nature’s treasure chest.

For a plant, the pure essential oil contained in the plant’s tissues and released into the air has multiple uses. The plant uses these essential oils to attract insects to help with pollination, or repel insects and animals to keep them from being eaten, for protection against disease or healing of wounds, or for the healing of a disease process that has already begun, etc. Some researchers have even theorized that one of the many uses for which plants create essential oils is to attract humans to use and subsequently propagate the plants for their ability to heal or provide medicine, etc. (for instance, see writings by Michael Pollan). In return for the plants providing useful healing agents, flavoring materials, incense, etc. in the form of the aromatic oils (so the theory goes), the plants benefit from the propagation, planting and care that humans provide. While this may seem far-fetched to some, is it really that different than a plant’s ability to attract insects in order to achieve pollination of its flowers?

For humans, essential oils derived from plants have multiple purposes that range from olfactory delight, mood transformations, and flavoring of foods and beverages to simple and astounding restorations in physical and emotional well-being.

Essential oils are volatile oils that evaporate and oxidize rapidly when exposed to the air. Essential oils also deteriorate when exposed to light and heat, thus the necessity to keep them from heat and in dark, tightly sealed glass containers with as little as possible head (air) space inside the container. And contrary to their designation as oils, they are often times light and non-greasy (and in the scientific sense they are not “oils” at all).

Although the distillation method is the most well known technique for extracting essential oils from plants, there are several other methods that are used to remove and concentrate the aromatic constituents from plant materials. Here at Nature’s Body Shop we have embraced these alternate methods for their ability to capture unique aromas and natural scents as well as the therapeutic characteristics contained in the plants’ essence.

Nature’s Body Shop sources for rare and precious oils that are hard to find! For example, we carry cultivated Agarwood CO2 and Champaca CO2 extracts, certified organic extracts of Jasmine, Carnation and Rose, Pink Lotus and Tuberose absolutes, while also carrying more common essential oils such as Lavender, Rose and Jasmine and organic Tea Tree oil, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, etc. Whether you are looking for therapeutic grade essential oils for aromatherapy applications, fine perfumery quality absolutes for creating natural perfumes, or you simply love essential oils and aromatic plant oils and essences, you have come to the right place. We guarantee all of our essential oils, and we always offer excellent quality, fair pricing, complete information on each oil that we sell, and expert customer service.

Nature’s Body Shop is happy to offer several types of extracted aromatic oils for you to choose from. The primary types of oils we carry are distilled and expressed essential oils, CO2 extracted oils, organically extracted oils (our organic extracts), speciality extracts and 10% dilutions. Each extraction method (or type of oil) offers some benefit over other methods and so we would like to give you an introduction into the varieties of natural botanical essential oils and extracts available to you.

The claims made in this website are based on traditional uses, current literature, anecdotal experiences, and many years of personal experience with essential oils. These claims have not been evaluated by the relevant health authorities, nor are they meant to diagnose or treat any ailment or condition. They are provided here as a public service and for your information only.

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