Essential oils can play a role in your life through many applications. Essential oils are the volatile, aromatic, non-water soluble liquids obtained by steam or water distillation of plant parts. Most essential oils are primarily composed of terpenes and their oxygenated derivatives. Different parts of the plants can be used to obtain essential oils, including the flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, stems, bark, wood, etc. An essential oil may contain up to several hundred chemical compounds and this complex mixture of compounds gives the oil its characteristic fragrance and flavor.
The chemistry of essential oils is influenced by the local geography and weather conditions, as well as the season and time of day when the plants are harvested, how they are processed, and how they are packaged and stored. Each plant is unique in its chemistry so essential oils are never exactly the same-this is different from pharmaceutical drugs that are synthetically reproduced to be identical every time.
Frankincense, an oily gum resin from the tree Boswellia sacra and related species, is named in the Bible as one the three gifts given to the baby Jesus by the ‘Three Wise Men’. It has been used for thousands of years in many different cultures. The name ‘frankincense’ is derived from the Old French ‘franc encens’, meaning pure incense or, more literally, free lighting.
Aromatherapy has been defined as the therapeutic use of essential oils from plants for the improvement of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Essential oils are volatile liquid substances extracted from aromatic plant material by steam distillation or mechanical expression. Oils produced with the aid of chemical solvents are not considered true essential oils, because the solvent residues can alter the purity of the oils themselves and lead to adulteration of the fragrance or to skin irritation. Most aromatherapists believe that synthetic fragrances are inferior to essential oils because they lack natural or vital energy.
Essential oils are made up of a large array of chemical components found in various plant materials. Their mane groups are terpenes, esters, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, phenols, and oxides, which are volatile and may produce odors.
El aceite esencial de menta esta hecho de la planta de la menta piperita ,que se ha usado desde hace mucho tiempo como té para ayudar a la digestión. La menta piperita tiene un efecto antiespasmódico, y calma los músculos del estómago, intestinos y utero. También tiene propiedades analgésicas. El aceite de menta se usa para todos los síntomas principales de la enfermedad del colon irritable, pero puede ser particularmente efectivo aliviando calambres, espasmos y dolor. Se han realizado varios estudios científicos en este sentido.
En una revisión nacional en octubre de 2015, la Asociación de Gastroenterólogos de Estados Unidos preguntó a estos especialistas sobre el uso del aceite esencial de menta en sus pacientes y el resultado mostró que el 83 por ciento (la mayoría) lo usaba en sus pacientes con colon irritable.Continue reading