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About essentials oils
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Essential oils have been known and used since the beginning of humanity for their scent, their numerous interesting virtues They were useful, particularly for the conservation of the Egyptian mummies, by creating a barrier with the parasites and bacteria, with other uses including application on the skin to fight against the pain, using essential oils from camphor and coniferous tree.
Some of these traditional uses were lost since the appearance of oral therapeutic analgesics many years ago. This is why, it is only during the past ten years that many clinical studies were carried out to evaluate their different and complementary action. Pure, very concentrated and composed of many volatile molecules (for example, over 300 for the Sage essential oil), essential oils can be an invaluable aid.
Characteristics of Essential Oils
Essential oils, are volatile odorous substances contained in plants. They can be localised in the flowers, the leaves, the fruits and in the bark, seeds or the roots. They are extracted by distillation from the plants and driven out by the steam or by the technique "expression" (for citrus fruits, we speak of the distilled essence, an essential oil being a distilled essence; the pockets of citrus fruits peels are broken mechanically to collect the essence).
The oil denomination lends sometimes to confusion: they are not greasy but to the volatile substances. Many are colourless or yellow, but the tinges are very varied from greenish yellow to red brown.
The quality of the essential oil obtained varies according to the plants origin: 3 grams to 3 kilograms of oil for 100 kilograms of plants. There are also differences for the same plant, depending on its origin, its maturity at harvest.
LAVENDER - Lavandula officinalis (angustifolia)
  • Part used: The flowering tip
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Country of origin: France, Russia
The essential oil of lavender possesses a pleasant and intense perfume known to encourage relaxation. It has many applications, and can be used pure, applied externally. It is suitable for people suffering from stress, exhaustion, migraines or who have trouble falling asleep. On the skin, it is calming and supports the cicatrisation or regeneration.
PEPPERMINT - Mentha piperita
  • Part used: Leaves
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Country of origin: Europe, Russia, USA
  • Principle components: Menthol, menthone
The essential oil of peppermint is very sought after for the cold reaction it causes upon contact. This cooling effect induces a local anaesthesia and limits the congestion or the inflammatory state of surrounding tissues. It's strong penetrating odour, is characteristic, and it leaves a pleasant impression of freshness.
Average quantities
provided from 100 kg of the plant:

Cypress: 3 kg
Juniper, lavender: 1 kg
Parsley: 300 g
Tea, thyme: 200 g
Violet: 30 g
Lavender Lavandula officinalis (angustifolia)
Lavandula officinalis (angustifolia)
Peppermint Mentha piperita
Mentha piperita
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