Essential oils have been used by many cultures in healing for centuries, possibly 5,000 years dating back to a time before the ancient Egyptians. Today, essential oils and aromatherapy are being rediscovered for both their healing properties and their support of our mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Essential oils are not actual oils but “distillates”, although they are occasionally added to “carrier” oils. Essential oils are dense liquids distilled or extracted from plants, flowers, leaves, fruit, seeds and bark. It may take hundreds, even thousands of pounds of the source material to produce one pound of the end product essential oil. Naturally, an essential oil that requires a thousand pounds to produce one pound is much rarer and more expensive than one that requires one hundred pounds. Some of the most expensive include Agarwood, Champaca, Tuberose, and Frangipani. They are but a few of the most fragrant and sought-after essential oils used in perfumes and believed by some to be aphrodisiacs and can sell for thousands of dollars per ounce.