Essential oils are more popular than ever right now. And for good reason! These amazing plant botanicals can be super effective in supporting overall well-being as well as mental and physical health. Oh yeah, and they smell pretty fabulous, too.
What exactly are essential oils?
An essential oil is a natural product extracted from a single plant species. Simply put, they are the essence of the plant in which they are derived from- it’s scent, its flavor, it’s beneficial properties. Highly concentrated, they’re very powerful.
Where do essential oils come from?
Essential oils are extracted from all different types of plants including flowers, trees and herbs. They can also be found in various parts of the plant like the seeds, leaves, fruits and woods. The oils themselves are extracted by different methods including steam distillation, water distillation, solvent extraction, or cold process extraction.
How are essential oils beneficial?
Essential oils have the ability to evoke emotional, mental and physical responses from the body. Therefore, they have a wide range of uses, helping to promote everything from relaxation and sleep to focus and energy. When used topically, you get all of the benefits of the scents of the oils, as well as the absorption of their nutrients. It’s a double-win!
Which essential oil is best?
The chemical make-up of a particular oil determines its benefits. So, it depends. For example, an essential oil that has high levels of esters is naturally calming and can help to regulate the nervous system. Essential oils high in terpenes, on the other hand, can help to boost energy and mood.
Here’s are six of our favorite all-natural essential oils, which can be found throughout the &Sunny product line:
Lemon essential oil has a fresh, clean aroma that’s invigorating and inviting. It’s also an astringent and has detoxifying properties, which help to encourage clear skin. Find all-natural lemon essential oil in our Calming Bath Fizz!
Sweet and a bit spicy, neroli essential oil is sourced from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. Known for its natural skin balancing properties, it helps to hydrate pores and stimulate circulation. Find neroli essential oil in our Silky Body Butter and Calming Bath Fizz!
Guaranteed to spread some cheer, sweet orange essential oil is bright and uplifting and its properties help to brighten dull skin. Find sweet orange essential oil in our Intense Moisturizing Crème and Creamsicle Lip Pot!
One of the most popular and versatile essential oils, lavender is calming, soothing and offers a variety of health benefits. When it comes to skin, it has purifying and softening properties. Find lavender essential oil in our Silky Body Butter!
Jasmine essential oil is derived from the white flowers of the jasmine plant. Its sweet, floral aroma eases the mind, and its properties help to add moisture back into the skin. Find jasmine essential oil in our Hydrating Goats Milk Soap!