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Essential oils are basically extracts that come from various plants. They are the cornerstones of Aromatherapy treatments. One of the most common ways they are derived is from the distillation of the elements of a plant like the leaves, roots, flowers, stems and bark. This distillation process involves steaming the various parts of a plant to capture the compounds that produce the delicious smell. It can take several pounds of a plant to produce a single bottle of essential oil.
Another common way to obtain essential oils is by Cold Press. This involves the rind portion of the fruit, or the outermost waxy layer of the fruit’s peel. Unlike steam distillation, this method does not require a heat source, so it is often referred to as “cold pressing.” To begin, the fruit is placed in the expression machinery where it is passed across rasping cylinders that cut up the surface of the peel. The essential oil is obtained from this peel.
Other ways to make aromatherapy from essential oils involve processes include expression, solvent extraction, absolute oil extraction, resin tapping, and wax embedding,
Essential Oils are considered to hold the true essence of the plants from which they originally come from in high concentration. Though termed as oil, essential oils normally do not have the real properties of other oils like sunflower and grapeseed oil. Instead, they are powerful plant essences used for Aromatherapy wellness and healing.