Essential oils have been used for many years for many different things, from indigestion, stress relief and pain.
I have always used the oils for topical pain relief, indigestion and stress-relief. What I didn’t know is there are many other ways to use the oils besides applying it locally to your skin. Below, is a list of ways that essential oils can be used other than the typical topical application.
What are essential oils? The term “essential oil” is a contraction of the original “quintessential oil.” This stems from the Aristotelian idea that matter is composed of four elements, namely, fire, air, earth, and water. The fifth element, or quintessence, was then considered to be spirit or life force. Distillation and evaporation were thought to be processes of removing the spirit from the plant and this is also reflected in our language since the term “spirits” is used to describe distilled alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whiskey, and eau de vie. The last of these again shows reference to the concept of removing the life force from the plant. Nowadays, of course, we know