Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant's scent and flavor, or "essence". Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing.
Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence. 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 is important, as essential oils obtained through chemical processes are not considered true essential oils.
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