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What Body Partsand MotionsSymbolize DuringAnointment
Study of Cinnamon andSandalwoodEssential Oils
The First Chakra
Study of YlangYlang andOrange EssentialOils
Study of RomanChamomile andLemon EssentialOils
The Third Chakra
The most common and easiestway to extract the essential oilsis through steam distillation,which occurs about 80% of thetime. But some plant materialcannot be steam distilled, aswith the citrus family and mostprecious flowers. In the case of orange, grapefruit and othercitrus, a cold-pressed method isused. As for precious flowers,their rare essence is either extracted with a solvent or Co2, in whichcase they are called absolute.
Why Are They Called Essential Oils?
Essential oils are named after their light density. After a steamdistillation, what remains is the floral water and -- floating on the top --the essential oil. The famous alchemist Paracelsus referred to thedistilled oils as "quinta essentia" or quintessence of the plant. This ishow the term "essential oil" was born. Before him, plant material wasinfused in oil and used in anointment.
The Connection Between Essential Oils and Humans
Humans have much in common with essential oils. We are both alive --chemically and electrically.Renowned aromatherapist and author Valerie Wormwood once wrote,"Plants and humans both depend on a chelating chemical, which inhumans is red heme and transports the oxygen released from the plantsin the blood, while in plants it is chlorophyll. Chemically, the onlydifference between the two is that a magnesium atom replaces an ironatom. The similar chemical composition of plants and humans mayexplain why essential oils seem to act like keys to our physical andmental mechanisms."
The Electro-Magnetism of Essential Oils
All life has electrical properties. So do essential oils. But whatcharacterizes their polarity is their chemical composition, or morespecifically their chemical compounds. Phenyl propanes, for instance, arepositive-or yang-while sesquiterpenes have a negative energy-or yin.
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