I find it fascinating researching the words “essential oils”. The Bible speaks about plants being used as medicine in Ezekiel 47:12 when it says, “The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.” The Reference Guide for Essential Oils states that there are 188 references to essential oils in the Bible. Plants and essential oils have been used for medicine since the beginning of time. I truly believe it was God’s gift to us, creating plants and then later creating man (Genesis 1). He put man in the garden of Eden, providing man with the food and plants (for medicine) that he needed to live. Essential oils have been used for many things such as embalming in ancient Egypt, anointing and healing the sick.
There are many other people wiser than I that talk about what essential oils are, so I’ll let them explain:
Essential oils are the plant’s “life blood” distilled from aromatic plants. The essential oil gives a form of immunity to the plant. Aromatic plants will give off fragrances to ward off insects, pests, and other critters or animals that might attack the plant or try to destroy it. This liquid gold is obtained from the leaves, flowers, roots, and stems of plants and the bark, needles, leaves, or resin of trees. (source)
Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants. One of the factors that determines the purity and therapeutic value of an oil is its chemical constituents. These constituents can be affected by a vast number of variables including: the part(s) of the plant from which the oil was produced, soil condition, fertilizer, geographical region, climate, altitude, harvest season and methods, and distillation process. As we begin to understand the power of essential oils in the realm of personal, holistic health care, we comprehend the absolute necessity for obtaining the purest therapeutic grade essential oils possible. No matter how costly pure therapeutic-grade essential oils may be, there can be no substitutes. Chemists can replicate some of the known individual constituents, but they have yet to successfully recreate complete essential oils in the laboratory. (source)
Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation, but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful and effective than dry herbs, delivering quick and effective results. Any time you hold a bottle of our powerful essential oils, you are holding the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, or taken internally to inspire a positive emotional state, enhance physical wellness, purify your home and refine your skin. (source)
An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the “oil of” the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the qualities of the plant that it is taken from. (source)
Essential oils are at its most basic the oils that have been extracted from God-given plants. Therapeutic grade oils (such as Young Living Essential Oils) have wonderful medicinal properties.