Essential oils don't just cover up the unpleasant odors and airborne bacteria that linger in our homes, they actually neutralize the odors. Many essential oils have been clinically proven to kill bacteria, viruses and fungi and help people stay healthy.
Antibacterial: a compound or substance that kills or slows down the growth of bacteria.
Essential Oils That Have Antibacterial Properties
For the same reason that there are virtually no harmful side effects to therapeutic-grade essential oils, bacteria and viruses cannot develop resistance to genuine essential oils. Read More on this topic here....http://naturalmedicine.suite101.com/article.cfm/essential_oils_versus_mrsa
Essential oils are distilled from plant material using water, steam, or both. The process involves placing plant material over a grate and forcing steam through the grate.
The heat from the steam and/or water causes the plant material to break apart and release an aromatic vapor. This vapor is condensed through cooling tubes into liquid form. This liquid is partly the essential oil of the plant and partly the water of the plant. The essential oil and water are then separated from one another and bottled.
Essential oils are very concentrated. For example, it takes about 220 lbs of lavender flowers to make about 1 pound of essential oil!
Essential oils are not the same as fragrance oils, which are combinations of synthetically manufactured chemicals designed to "mimic" the aroma of natural materials. From the Naturally Savvy Blog
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