Fast Facts on Essential Oils

It’s like a aromatic smackdown. Trying to find interesting things about your favorite essential oils. While we don’t debunk any apocryphal urban legends here, we did find five things you may not know about essential oils:
  1. Neroli oil, or "orange blossom," is one of the most expensive essential oils on the market. It takes 1,000 lbs. of orange blossoms to make one pound of Neroli oil. This serene, enveloping oil is used to ease anxiety, depression, insomnia, and given its wonderful aroma, it can even be considered an aphrodisiac.
  2. Captain James Cook first mentioned tea tree oil in 1772 during his voyage to Botany Bay, Australia. He and his crew made a tea from the leaves to prevent scurvy. Tea tree oil's healing properties are aplenty. Not only is it a natural immune booster, but it also fights off infection. It works to heal skin conditions, burns and cuts and helps to soothe and treat cold sores, respiratory conditions, muscle aches, the flu, Athlete's foot and dandruff.
  3. In the 1920s, French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse coined the term "aromatherapy." The story goes that during an experiment, Gattefosse burned his hand and had nothing nearby to soak it in except lavender. Apparently the lavender quickly healed the burn, spurring him to begin research on the science behind essential oils.
  4. Our complex sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain, which is considered the emotional control center. As such, when essential oils are inhaled, they go directly to the brain. Our remaining four senses -- taste, sight, touch and hearing -- are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas of the brain.
  5. Essential oils are natural, potent healing agents because they transport oxygen to the cells, which trigger profound restorative & regenerative effects. Each represents a form of knowledge; a sustentative story in the art or aromatics. It is safe to say that most of them are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-infectious, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic, anti-toxic, and antiseptic in some way, shape and form.
Tidbits aside, perhaps, someone can explain why we still cannot find our perfectly pumpable, gardenia body oil? The search continues...