Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor, or “essence,” of their source. Essential oils can be inhaled or applied to the skin. They may stimulate your sense of smell or have medicinal effects when absorbed.
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant’s scent and flavor, also called its “essence.” Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence. Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that’s ready for use.
The way the oils are made
as essential oils
obtained through chemical processes
are not considered
true essential oils.
Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy. They are either inhaled, or diluted then rubbed on the skin. Essential oils are not meant to be swallowed. The chemicals in essential oils can interact with your body in a number of ways. When applied to your skin, some plant chemicals are absorbed.
There are more than 90 types of essential oils, each with its own unique smell and potential health benefits (healthline.com).
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