Essential oils
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other pars of plants.

Various essential oils have been used medicinally at different periods in history. Aromatic plants had been used since ancient times for their preservative and medicinal properties, and to impart aroma and flavor to food.

The Ancient Egyptians used aromatic plants in embalming to stop bacterial growth and prevent decay, an effect attributed to a great extent to their essential oils. Strong in vitro evidence indicates that essential oils can act as antibacterial agents against a wide spectrum of pathogenic bacterial strains.

Nowadays essential oils have very wide mode of applications and are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products, for flavoring food and drink, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products. Interest in essential oils has revived in recent decades with the popularity of aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine that claims that essential oils and other aromatic compounds have curative effects. Oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer, heated over a candle flame, or burned as incense.

The word ‘aromatherapy’ combines two words: aroma (a fragrance or sweet smell) and therapy (a treatment). Aroma and massage therapy are the practice of using essential oils for psychological and physical well-being via inhalation or massage. Essential oils can lift the mood, calm the senses, and elicit powerful emotional responses. Yet the use of essential oils goes well beyond their fragrant appeal.

Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern trends towards more holistic approaches to alternative health practices are driving a rediscovery of the profound health benefits of essential oils. Many have powerful cleansing properties and are naturally antimicrobial. Their unique chemical structure allows them to pass directly through the skin for immediate systemic response to topical application. And certain oils may be used as aids to promote vitality and well being.

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. . Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically to the skin, or taken internally as dietary supplements. Essential oils are naturally safe and have few, if any, undesirable side effects when used as directed. They are, however, powerfully concentrated and should be used with respect.

In any case it is a must that physician should be consulted before using essential oils.