Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Over time, scientists have developed a way to organize the elements based on their unique characteristics. All of the elements have been arranged into a useful, standardized document called the Periodic Table. This table groups atoms by the number of protons in its nucleus and by chemical and physical characteristics using a series of columns and rows. Columns run vertically and are referred to as “groups,” while rows run horizontally and are referred to as “periods.” When using the Periodic Table, there are some important numbers and symbols to be aware of:
All of the elements found in essential oils can be found on the periodic table. In fact, most essential oils are complex combinations of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, though some constituents may also contain nitrogen or sulfur.