Essential oils are stored in the flowers, leaves, fruit and seeds of aromatic plants. Secretory structures on plant tissues are responsible for producing and releasing aromatic components and essential oils, and are not ordinarily visible to the naked eye.
The powerful properties of essential oils help to protect the plant itself: Some essential oils with the most powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties (such as tea tree) seem to be the ones who can survive in the most arid and inhospitable climates.
Many of the oils that I use are also grown in my garden: the fragrance of the flowers and herbs are wonderful to experience directly from the plant, and to use in cooking, as well as in massage with essential oils!
I would love to say that I make my own essential oils from the plants I grow in my garden, but unfortunately not: I took this photo of a recent visit to an essential oil distillery in Corsica, France, and it gives an idea of the scale involved!
I have around 50 essential oils, and often use a blend of between 3 and 5 oils each time. The blend may vary from one session to the next, depending on your needs. The essential oils that I use come from a supplier registered with the ATC (Aromatherapy Trade Council), which regulates the quality of the oils, and wherever possible, they are organic.
In my blog I will focus on different oils to highlight their fantastic properties and why I love to use them.
Liz Buckles, MSc, MIFPA Holistic Aromatherapist
Tel: 07921 574533
Based in Huntington, close to York, I am a fully qualified Aromatherapist, with a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy.
I am a Member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA)