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Best Essential Oils From Plant Sources

Updated on October 8, 2014

Introduction to Plant Oils

Majority of the essential oils that are produced in the market or at home are extracted from plant sources. Given that there are some other natural sources for essential oils, a term known as Plant Oils have been used to identify the ones extracted from plant parts and materials. For this, you can basically utilize just about any part of a given shrub or tree including the leaves, flowering parts, stems, barks, root, and the fruits. But this varies according to each type of plant as the oils can be present in different parts.

The level of concentration for each plant material would vary as well, which determines the dosage for use or the need to dilute it using carrier oil before being applied directly on the skin. Plant oils have been recognized worldwide for its contribution in the medical, cosmetic, industrial, and culinary industry.

What are Vegetable Oils?

Vegetable oil is one of several types of oils produced using plant sources. As with other types of oils, it utilizes several different extraction methods to produce the oil needed for various applications.

However, just to avoid any ambiguities or confusion when using vegetable oils, users can identify it according to two factors: the plant source and its use. There are different parts of a vegetable that could yield oil but the most common source of oil for most vegetables are the seeds. These oils can also either be edible or not, so you need to be wary of the specific types of oil you use. Hence, proper identification of vegetable oil usage is important in optimizing its benefits and use in aromatherapy.

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Best Vegetable Oils

The most common use of vegetable oil in aromatherapy has got to be in the form of a carrier oil, which dilutes the concentration level of certain oils to make them safer to use on the skin. But beyond that, vegetable oils serve many different purposes that is responsible for its versatility and explains why it is experiencing an increasing demand in the market.

Castor oil is one of the most popularly used type of vegetable oil. It is inedible and is extracted from the seeds of the castor plant, known as castor bean. The appearance of this particular oil is very pale yellow. It is rich in a few essential fatty acids, notably oleic and linoleic acids.

Castor oil is a very prominent ingredient in the food industry as food additives and also providing additional flavorings for several food productions. In terms of medicine, castor oil is an effective laxative having been approved by the FDA as a safe and effective form of treatment. The most popular use for castor oil is in the industrial field, specifically in manufacturing and transportation. This type of oil is used in lubrication, hydraulic fluids, lacquer, machining oils, paints, among others.

Olive oil is another highly popular type of vegetable oil that is obtained from the fruit of the olive plant. It is used in various parts of the world in pharmaceuticals, soaps, and cosmetics. In aromatherapy, it is known as a carrier oil although it has its own medicinal properties that offer health benefits due to its demulcent and laxative properties.

Other Examples of Vegetable Oils

To get more idea on what other vegetable oils are available in the market for you to use, they are listed below:

  • linseed oil
  • tung oil
  • palm oil
  • corn oil
  • pumpkin seed oil
  • artichoke oil
  • wheat germ oil, etc

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What are Herbal Essential Oils?

Herbs are widely used in cooking due to its ability to enhance or complement the natural flavor of the dish. Plus, they also possesses distinctive aromas that make them useful in cooking, aromatherapy, and some other purposes.

Read further below to learn how the essential oils produced from common herbs can be useful.

Best Herbal Essential Oils

There is a bulk of essential oils extracted from herbal sources, which is widely used in aromatherapy as it is used in culinary purposes. Basil, for instance, is famous for the rich aroma and flavor it adds up to a dish. But the oils extracted from its leaves and flowering parts is effective in treating sinus congestion and fever. The aromatic essences of basil oil helps bring nerve stability and improve mental clarity.

Two other popular herbs are rosemary and cumin. Rosemary is extracted from the flowering tops of the rosemary plant, which emits a strong and pungent aroma much like its herbs. Rosemary oil is quite versatile as it treats respiratory and other health conditions, while also being quite effective as a natural hair care product.

Meanwhile, cumin oil is just recently gaining popularity in its benefits for aromatherapy. Its antispasmodic properties make it quite effective against muscular or any form of bodily pains. You can also use it for treating digestive problems like flatulence, dyspepsia, and indigestion but be careful with the dosage of use.

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What are Floral Essential Oils?

As the name implies, floral essential oils are the ones extracted from plant materials that bear flowers or directly taken from that plant's flowering parts. It only makes sense that the aroma produced from the oil is floral and sweet. However, you need to be doubly careful if you intend to create your own essential oils at home using flower sources though since they are extremely delicate.

Some possible ideas for floral essential oils and their corresponding benefits are discussed further below.

Best Floral Essential Oils

When it comes to floral essential oils, there are basically a lot of choices available. Lavender oil is probably on top of the list for the most popular floral essential oils. In fact, it is mild enough for use on children. Hence, it guarantees safe results when used for aromatherapy and some other applications.

If you use the vaporizer method to release the natural aromas of lavender essential oil, it can cure a wide range of respiratory problems. You can also use it as a rub to relieve headaches or nervous tension without any side effects.

Meanwhile, geranium oil is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the geranium plant using the steam distillation method. Although geranium is popularly combined with rose essential oil for most aromatherapy treatments, it does offer its own benefits. It is one of those oils used to provide relief for various women's conditions like menstrual or menopausal problems and breast congestion, among others.

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