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The History Of Essential Oils

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The growing interest in essential oils may make you wonder if they are just passing fad or the “newest thing.” Actually, essential oils have existed as long as the plants, trees, and roots they come from. Let’s take a brief look at their history. The earliest use of oils, and the botanicals they are derived from, came from simply laying the plant of choice on the body. Eventually fatty oils were mixed with plant materials as a means of extracting the aromatic oils. Today the highest quality essential oils are produced by companies that choose state-of-the-art distillation techniques. Ancient Egypt...

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What Are Essential Oils?

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What Are Essential Oils?

Curious about essential oils? Let’s get you started with some basic information about the nature and characteristics of essential oils. According to the US National Library of Medicine (pubmed.gov), essential oils are “the scented liquid taken from certain plants using steam or pressure. Essential oils contain the natural chemicals that give the plant its ‘essence’ (specific odor and flavor). Essential oils are used in perfumes, food flavorings, medicine, and aromatherapy." Depending on the type of plant, essential oils are derived from flowers, leaves, roots, rinds of citrus fruits, and from the resin of certain trees. Some are steam distilled, while others are...

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