Ancient civilizations from Rome to China used them in perfumes and ancient medicines. They were even commonly used for spiritual and ritualistic purposes. Hieroglyphics containing oil blend recipes have been found on the walls of Egyptian temples and some well-preserved oils were even found in alabaster jars in King Tut’s tomb. Over time, most of the ancient traditional uses of essential oils were forgotten. It was not until the early 20th century that people began to rediscover them. Today, modern scientists are only beginning to uncover the countless benefits that essential oils have to offer.
Essential oils are concentrated, aromatic liquids extracted through distillation from the flowers, leaves, and roots of herbs, shrubs and trees. Every unique oil contains its own mix of active ingredients and constituents. Each different type of essential oil mix has its own therapeutic property. Modern research is now beginning to understand how essential oils actually work. Several studies have reviewed how our sense of smell may play a role. The “smell” receptors located in the back of the nasal cavity (known as the olfactory system), are linked directly to the limbic system in the brain. The receptors signal the brain to control levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. By communicating directly with these parts of the brain, the essential oils may influence physical, emotional and mental health. For example, scientists believe that lavender stimulates activity in brain cells to promote relaxation.
Each unique oil contains its own distinctive mix of active ingredients that help to communicate with the body and brain to create beneficial effects. The active components are critical aspects of the oil, and can be affected by a vast number of variables. Some factors include: the part(s) of the plant from which the oil was produced, soil condition, geographical region, climate, altitude, harvest season, fertilizer and distillation process.
Forever Living Products has worked with a team of leading scientists, farmers, aromatherapists and botanists, and has traveled around the world to find and source nature’s purest botanical essences. Forever™ Essential Oils are selected, harvested and produced with the highest quality in mind. Mineral content, climate and sustainability are all considered when choosing a location to source the plants that become Forever™ Essential Oils. After harvesting, essential oils are extracted from carefully chosen crops, primarily using steam distillation and cold pressing. The selected portion of the plant, and extraction techniques used are unique to each type of essential oil.
To ensure the quality of each product, every batch of essential oil undergoes a thorough evaluation. Teams with years of experience growing, cultivating and producing essential oils examine each plant at the time of harvest and throughout the distillation process, using organoleptic verification and other physical characteristic tests to confirm the quality of the oils. In addition, a lab analysis, using gas chromatography coupled with a mass spectrometer, is performed to evaluate and confirm that the active components of the oil are present. Our defined processes help ensure that every batch of essential oils meets the quality and potency required by Forever.
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