In the first of this Trilogy of the Nose Knows Things, we looked at the benefits of inhaling pure essential oils. In the second we spoke of the various ways in which we can diffuse oils in order to release their healing scent. In this, the third blog, we will take a quick look at the various types of scents and why it is only the pure oils that will have the healing properties.
Parfums: Did you know that over 60% of what you put on your skin, the largest organ on your body, gets absorbed into your blood stream? Most of the chemicals in many of the commercial fragrances are synthetic and obtained from petrochemicals.
Some of the most talked about chemicals are:
Parabens– commonly used synthetic preservatives in many fragrances, they can interfere with the production and release of hormones.
Phthalates– synthetic preservatives used in many fragrances. They can interfere with the production and release of hormones. Unhealthy effects may include damage to liver/kidneys, birth defects, decreased sperm counts and early breast development in children
Synthetic Musk– Studies have shown that synthetic musk may disrupt hormones. Traces have been found in: fat tissue, breast milk, body fat, umbilical cord blood, fresh and sea water samples, air, and sewage.
Natural oils: These are oils obtained from plants (Usually called Absolutes) using a process that uses either hexane or petroleum ether. While the oils that come from this process are washed, they still contain trace amounts of petrochemicals.
Pure essential oils: These are obtained from botanical ingredients that are harvested from the earth such as: flowers, fruits, sap, seeds or skin of the plant, as well as the bark, leaves, roots, resins or wood of certain trees (just as Naturals are). The difference is that these oils are obtained from steam distillation. The natural chemicals found in each plant go into the oil, and are not tainted by poisonous petro or other chemicals.
And so, there you have it; a very short explanation. If you would like a more detailed blog on this, please let us know. We will do the research and get back to you.
Lots of love
Sue and Christine