Used extensively in aromatherapy, essential oils work in one of two ways: through absorption or inhalation. (There are also some benefits associated with aerial diffusion-room fragrancing-as well.) The methods are equally beneficial, but they are situation-dependent. For example, if you’re using essential oils to alleviate muscles pain, it’s better to let them absorb into your skin; whereas you’re more likely relieve sinus problems by inhaling them.
Essential oils are extracted from different parts of plants-flowers, twigs, leaves, stalks, resins, roots, etc.-depending on the oil. When choosing products for aromatherapy purposes, it’s important that they are made with pure, natural essential oils-not synthetic. A product that simply smells like a certain botanical doesn’t necessarily have any therapeutic benefits, unless it has actual essential oils.
Experts say the key to determining if a product contains real essential oils is trusting your nose: if a smell lasts for a while, it’s not pure. True essential oils dissipate very quickly.
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