It includes a synergy of the four elements designed to produce the fifth. Water, air, fire and earth uniting through the alchemist to extract the plant’s very essence: ether, or spirit. The intangible, almost immaterial, substance that is the aroma, is thus captured and liquefied by steam distillation. For Paracelsus, Mother Nature doesn’t mimic men; it is men who should inspire his methods from her. If you look at plants for health support, you will find in pure and authentic essential oils a source of incredible results. They simply are in harmony with the fundamental principles of life.