What are essential oils made of?

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Essential oils are the perfect way to add fragrance, health benefits and beauty products to your life. But what exactly are they? Essential oils are extracted from plants and contain concentrated aromatic chemicals that can be used in many different ways. They can be used as a perfume or a cleaning product, or simply inhaled for health benefits. In this article we’ll take a look at how essential oils are made, what they’re made of and why you might want to use them in your life!


One of my favorite essential oils is frankincense. It’s a resin that comes from trees in the Middle East, and it has a sweet, earthy aroma. People have been using it for thousands of years for many different things:

  • In aromatherapy. When used in aromatherapy, frankincense can help you relax and de-stress. It’s also said to boost your immune system and fight inflammation.
  • In skin care products. Many companies use frankincense as an ingredient in their beauty products because it provides anti-aging benefits while also making your skin look smoother and younger!
  • In hair care products like shampoo or conditioner because it helps prevent dandruff (just be careful not to overdo it). The best way to use frankincense topically is by diluting the oil with coconut oil before applying it directly onto your scalp area every day before bedtime so that you don’t irritate any sensitive areas (like eyes) when trying this out for yourself – just make sure there aren’t any allergies first though since some people may react differently depending on how much they’re exposed/sensitive levels vary widely among individuals).


Myrrh, a golden-brown resin, has a sweet and balsamic scent. It has been used in perfumes for thousands of years and is believed to have healing properties. Myrrh is also good for the skin and hair; it’s an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory that helps relieve pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, among other conditions.


  • Peppermint is a great essential oil for headaches, nausea and stomach pain.
  • It can also be used to relieve stress.
  • Peppermint oil is a natural insect repellent that can keep the bugs away while you enjoy your day outside in the sun!
  • A few drops of peppermint on sore muscles or arthritis can help relieve pain quickly.
  • Add a few drops of peppermint to your face wash for an invigorating wash that will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean!


Ginger is a great oil for hair and skin. It’s also good for the stomach and immune system, as well as respiratory issues.

Tea tree

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the leaves of the tea tree plant. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which makes it useful for treating skin infections.


Lavender is a popular oil for many reasons. It’s known for its relaxing properties, which makes it great for sleep, anxiety relief, and even soothing burns and cuts. In addition to these benefits, lavender oil can be used to help with headaches and migraines!


Eucalyptus is a powerful oil that has many uses. It’s been used for thousands of years to treat infections and respiratory problems, as well as to combat colds and flu. Some even use eucalyptus oil to relieve muscle aches!

While researching the benefits of eucalyptus essential oil, I found a lot of different uses for it—including as an insect repellent and natural cleaner. If you’re interested in using this versatile plant extract on your own (or looking for more information about where it comes from), here’s everything you need to know:


Lemongrass is a great essential oil for insect repellents and also works as an antibacterial agent. It’s also great for oily skin, hair, and cleaning.

Lemongrass is a common ingredient in soaps and shampoos because it’s an excellent cleanser for oily skin. If you have oily skin or just want to reduce the amount of oil on your face, try mixing lemongrass with tea tree oil for an effective cleansing formula.


Chamomile is a popular essential oil that can be used to help soothe the skin. It is a relaxing oil that has been shown to be good for sensitive, dry and oily skin types. Chamomile can be used in a shampoo or conditioner, as well as body wash.

The oils are extracted from plants using steam distillation or cold pressing techniques and then stored in dark-colored bottles to block out light, which reduces their potency over time (although it’s still possible for pure essential oils to lose their potency after being stored for many years).


Cinnamon is a classic essential oil and one of the most popular. It has a spicy scent and can be used to treat a variety of skin problems.

  • For acne, cinnamon is an antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial agent. The oil stimulates blood flow in the skin, making it great for scarring too. It also has anti-aging properties that help fight wrinkles, stretch marks and sun damage.
  • Dry skin can benefit from the moisturizing effects of this essential oil as well as its ability to fight off free radicals that cause aging signs like fine lines or wrinkles. Cinnamon also works on dandruff caused by dry scalp conditions like seborrheic dermatitis because it helps restore balance to your scalp’s natural oils (source).
  • This essential oil can be mixed with other essential oils such as rosemary or eucalyptus for extra benefits when treating dry hair issues like dandruff (source). Mixing cinnamon with peppermint is another way to make an effective shampoo treatment — peppermint will soothe dandruff while cinnamon helps strengthen hair follicles so they don’t break easily anymore after being scratched off by dead cells inside them (source).


Citronella is a type of grass that has been used in soaps and candles. It has a citrus smell, and many people like to use it as an insect repellant. Citronella is also good for skin and hair, especially when you want to protect yourself from the sun (think sunscreen).

If you’re wondering what else citronella is made out of, just look at its Latin name: Cymbopogon nardus. That’s right—it starts with “cymbo,” which means bowl or cup in Greek! Citronella comes from the roots of this plant, which are used for their strong scent.

Essentials oils are specifically good for certain skin and hair types or for different products.

Aromatherapy is a natural medicine that uses essential oils to help relieve stress, promote relaxation and heal the body. Essential oils are extracted from plants, flowers, seeds and bark through distillation or expression. Each plant produces its own unique combination of aroma compounds that make up its essential oil.

Essential oils can be used in many different ways:

  • In aromatherapy massage therapy
  • In bath products like bubble baths, bath salts and soaps
  • To create fragrances for perfumes and colognes (body sprays)
  • As an ingredient in soap making recipes


Now you know the basics of essential oils, including their origins and the different types. You can see how they are made and what they’re used for. And once you start using them yourself, we think you’ll be amazed at how much better your life becomes!

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