The demand for essential oil in Malaysia has been growing as more and more people come to understand and accept alternative treatment using essential oil. First of all, essential oils are natural extracts from plants. So, we are talking about the essence of the nature, which are not human created or synthetic.
Essential Oils, are highly concentrated extracts, has medical benefits, and has been used more than 5,000 years ago to treat, cure and prevent diseases. While now we ought to be careful with our choice of words, cure may not be a very good words to use for essential oil. But, many studies has concluded that using essential oils, such as Lavender oil helps in promoting better sleep, Eucalyptus oil relaxes the mind, Tea Tree is an effective antiseptic.
However, essential oil does not come cheap. One must be made aware of the differences between essential oil and fragrant oil. Fragrant oils are likely to be synthetic (created chemically by human) to match the aroma smell of essential oil. While both may smell similar, but would have huge differences when it comes to medical and health benefits. Essential oils are natural so their molecular structure are easily absorbed by our body, which the same cannot be said about fragrant oil.
Another by-product of essential oils are fragrant water. Essential Oils are usually extracted via stream distillation method, whereby stream is applied. In this process, essential oil can be extracted and when the stream cool down, there will be fragrant water collected too.
Fragrant water is consider natural, but has little medical benefits, except it’s smell. These fragrant water are usually use to make fragrant, such as car perfume etc as they are much cheaper.
Essential Oils are scarce resources thus comes with a price. It is common to pay close to RM100 for a 15ml essential oil.
One of the Essential Oil brand in Malaysia is Appease Essential Oil, which is pure and undiluted. Its lavender oil is extracted from Lavandula Angustifolia, originated from France, and other popular essential oil like Tea Tree is extracted from Melaleuca Alternifolia, originated from Australia.