Aroma Chemistry

Herb with dropper bottle
We talk about essential oils helping us relax or helping us with a cold, but essential oils are actually a group of chemical components. All essential oils will be classed based on which chemical components are the highest within that particular oil. Determining how an essential oil will be most effectively used depends on which chemical components are found within that oil.

Although listing the different chemical components would be hugely boring for you, I was excited when I learned that certain chemical components assist in helping the body build more white blood cells, other chemical components have anti-tumoral properties, while others might have antihistamine or anti-anxiety properties. This has opened a whole new world for me. Read More…

Music to My Nose

Woman smelling flowers
I just thought that I would share something that fascinated me when I first started studying essential oils. It was the fact that the aroma of each oil is classified by note. Some actually have 2 notes, but one will be prominent. The notes are called top, middle, and base. Pretty basic, but what that means is very interesting.

An essential oil which is classified as a top note has smaller molecules, absorbs into the skin faster, and also loses its scent faster. Examples of oils that are top notes include most of the citruses: orange, grapefruit (my all time favorite), lemon, etc. Read More…
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