essential oils are one of the great untapped resources of the world. the concentrated essences of various flowers, fruits, herbs, and plants have been used for centuries all over the world, but in modern times we have forgotten the power of these ancient medicines of the earth, preferring instead to use the products of perfume and chemical companies which imitate the natural fragrances and medicinal and cleansing properties of essential oils. because the essential oils are so sweet-smelling, many people suppose their value is essentially one of charm and fragrance-but this is a mistake. modern scientific research has proven that essential oils are potent, with remarkable medicinal properties. these substances are very complex in their molecular structure, and very powerful. the essential oil of oregano, for example, is twenty-six times more powerful as an anticeptic than phenol, which is the active ingredient in many commercial cleansing materials.
unlike chemical drugs, essential oils do not remain in the body. they leave no toxins behind. and essential oils make much more sense as air fresheners than commercial products, as they cleanse the air by altering the structure of the molecules creating the smells, rather than masking the unwanted smells. when we are looking for alternatives to toxic products in our homes and in our lives, essential oils are a convenient, practical, and pleasant solution.
-the complete book of essential oils & aromatherapy