An essential oil is a concentrated oil derived from various parts of a plant. The term "essential" is used colloquially, rather than nutritionally, to suggest that the oil contains the "essence" of the plant's fragrance.
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Now, the famous mushroom scientist wants to create a research station on a remote island to protect old-growth forests containing a rare type of ancient fungus which he believes could protect people against COVID-19, or even future pandemics.
While these manufactured drugs have certainly become paramount in our lives, it can be comforting to know that the power of nature is on our side, and these herbal choices are available to complement our health practices. But the extent of the power they hold is also still being explored.
Much more than a wellness fad, people have used essential oils for over 5,000 years. In ancient medicine, these oils—which are made from the distilled extracts from plant flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels—were used in aromatherapy practices to treat many ailments and invigorate the body.
Colette Ellis, founder of InStep Consulting and creator of Start Within, suggests using essential oils for diffusion, soothing baths, massages, and topical application through a variety of different methods. We rounded up some interesting ways that you can diffuse essential oils.