Essential oils, distilled from naturally grown herbs, flowers and trees, have a long history in the realms of health, beauty and spirituality worldwide. In today’s world we are recognising that the influx of chemicals and long unpronounceable ingredients of many beauty, health and medicinal products are not good for us long-term.
Humans have known about the healing properties of certain plant extracts for at least five millennia. Ancient Greek, Roman, Chinese, Egyptian, Indian and other cultures all used essential oils for thousands of years, although the modern age of aromatherapy began in 1910, when French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé burned his hand during an experiment and dipped it in a tub of lavender oil for relief. The burn healed quickly, with little scarring so Gattefossé went on to experiment with a variety of essential oils and even used them to care for soldiers injured during World War I.
An essential oil is a concentrated essence that is extracted from any part of a plant, including seeds, bark, roots, stems, flowers and leaves by steam distillation. There are two primary reasons that plants produce essential oils; for protection from pathogens such as fungus, pests, even other invasive plants or animals and to lure in pollinators with their irresistible fragrances. Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.The antimicrobial properties of essential oils may be the most noteworthy of all their uses, since they could make a credible replacement therapy to combat bacteria that are evolving to resist most common forms of antibiotics. These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without any side effects.
There is a strong and important connection between emotional and physical health. Emotional stress can have profound effects upon the body. Grief, depression and anxiety each take their toll on the immune system and can cause a range of illnesses from digestive problems to sleep disorders. Aromatherapy has many practical healing advantages and works in several different ways, but perhaps one of the most fascinating in the relationship that it has with emotional wellbeing. This is exactly what we have tried to tap into with Jinkowood.