I mean, we know we steamed some plant matter, bottled it, and use it for various things...but really, what IS it?
Well... turns out... a pretty BIG DEAL.
You see, all plants have essential oils in them. Some have likened it to the life blood of a plant. Is it really? Eh. The jury is out on this one. Debate exists as to whether or not it functions this way. Let me tell you what we do know.
When a plant is injured, essential matter in the plant heads to the site of the injury and tries to regenerate the plant. Hmmmm. Sounds like blood in a human body.
As the plant is growing, essential matter continuously rebuilds and replenishes the plant and the roots, ensuring healthy growth and delivering adequate nutrition. Hmmmm. Sounds like blood in a human body.
When cut, the plant leaks this essential matter from the cut until a mending can occur (once again with the matter rushing to the injury.) Hmmmm. Sounds like blood in a human body.
Interesting. Why some scientists argue essential oil is not the life's blood of a plant, but rather just a by product of the plant itself, I will never know.
They are so tiny. Oh so tiny. They are measured in a system called daltons. Air, exhaust from a car, smog in a city -- these are things measured in daltons. So small they can cross the blood-brain barrier in the human body. Read that again. So small they can cross the blood-brain barrier in the human body. No joke. Not many things can, you know. The barrier is designed to keep harmful things out. Certain pharmaceuticals are able to cross this barrier due to their manufactured specifics, but most do not. Air does. Exhaust does. Smog in a city does. Fearful yet? Don't be. Essential oils DO cross this barrier. Nice to know something healthy and happy can get in there, too, isn't it?