Urban Veda products are enriched with beautiful, fragrant essential oil, but what are essential oils and what are the benefits? Aromatic plants produce fragrant essences through photosynthesis. These naturally occurring essences attract insects which benefit the plant, (such as bees which help pollination,) and deter insects which may cause damage to the plant. Aromatic plants are distil and turn into essential oil. When this happens essences undergo subtle chemical changes. ‘Essential oil’ describes all aromatherapy oils. All essential oil dissolves in fatty acids (such as almond oil or sunflower oil,) but will not dissolve in water. This oil concentrates into a powerful product. Aromatherapy dilutes these oils before using them. How do Essential Oils Work? Your lungs inhale Essential oil when breathing. Your skin absorbs essential oil through massage. Once inside the body, particles of the essential oil circulate around the body and demonstrate therapeutic benefits on different parts of the body. They can also have an effect on the mind – perhaps with uplifting properties or acting as a relaxant. Want to learn more about the benefits of specific essential oil? Visit our botanicals page to see which essential oils we use in our products and how they may benefit you!