According to Wikipedia,
an essential oil
is a concentrated hydrophobic
liquid containing volatile aroma compounds
from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils
, ethereal oils
, or aetherolea
, or simply as the "oil of" the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove
. An oil
is "essential" in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential oils do not form a distinctive category for any medical, pharmacological, or culinary purpose. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_oil
Essential oils are powerful anti-oxidant concentrates that come from plant material such as flowers, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds, and peels. Plant ingredients are put into a distiller and placed over water. As the water is heated, the steam penetrates the plant material and vaporizes the volatile compounds. The vapors then travel through a coil and condense back to a liquid which is collected in a receiving vessel. A lavender by any other name---and it has a few !
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