Essential Oils Informative Speech

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PREPARATION OUTLINE
Purpose Statement: To inform my audience about the basics of essential oils.
Thesis Statement: Since biblical times, essential oils from plants have been harvested and distilled for topical, aromatic, and internal use by many as part of a wellness regimen.
I. Introduction
A. Attention Getter: Since the beginning of time, plants have been used for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people. Today, some of the most advanced pharmacological drugs mimic naturally occurring compounds from plants. Universities around the world are paid to research, discover, and shed light on therapeutic properties of plants, both common and previously undiscovered.

B. Overview of Main Points.

1. First, I will discuss exactly what essential oils are.
2. Second, I will discuss the history
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Essential oils are to the plants as our blood is to ourselves. Essential oils are the life-force of plants.
1. The chemistry of essential oils is very complex.
a) An essential oils can contain anywhere from 80 to more than 300 chemical constituents.
b) They are composed of three major fractions: phenols, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes
2. Distillation can have a dramatic effect on the chemical make-up of the essential oil.
a) First distillation is much more potent that second, third, or complete distillations.
b) Excessive heat can break down the delicate compounds.
c) Steam-distilled oils are going to be different than those that are extracted via solvents.
3. Essential oils that have been adulterated or engineered with synthetics lose therapeutic properties but often smell or look better.
a) It’s nearly impossible for the general public to tell the difference between adulterated essential oils and pure essential oils by smell alone.
b) Low-grade oils cut with synthetic chemicals are most prominent in the United States.
Transition: Now that you what essential oils are, let’s briefly highlight some interesting facts in the timeline of essential

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