Essential oils are a precious gift from Nature. They are very concentrated and powerful and are greatly diluted before use in aromatherapy.
Essential oils are rarely used in their original, concentrated form but are always taken into the body via a carrier substance. This can be anything which takes the oils into the body, air, water, vegetable oils, lotions and creams are all carriers.
When we breathe in the fragrance of an essential oil, some of its molecules travel to the lungs, pass through the lining and into the bloodstream, where they travel around the body. Other molecules take an upward route to the brain, which receives a healing message - to relax or energise, for example - and transmits the appropriate signal along the nerve channels of the body.
Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but when inhaled into the lungs, the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) can supply therapeutic benefits.