What Are Essential Oils?
An oil is “essential” because it contains the “essence of” the plant’s chemical properties —which are the constituents of the plant. The term essential used here does not mean crucial as with the terms “essential amino acid” or “essential fatty acid”.
Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation using steam, while a cold pressing process is used for citrus oils. Other processes used that degrade the quality of an essential oil include solvent extraction using chemicals.
Essential oils have benefits including cosmetic, dietary, spiritual & religious purposes. They are offered to modern users for emotional, physical, & spiritual wellness that can be truly life-changing. People today use essential oils through aromatic diffusion, topical application, &/or dietary consumption.
NOTE: Information regarding essential oils is offered strictly on an educational basis and does not imply endorsement of any essential oil products.