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Friday, July 31, 2009

When is an Essential Oil not an Essential Oil?

...an interesting question which expands on essential oil, fragrance oil or hydrosol last month. Plants are capable of producing many things from their 'material' - aside from essential oils, plant material can be eventually made into concretes, absolutes, resinoids and oleoresins, depending on the plant and depending on the material and extraction process. However, aside from essential oils, none of these other substances are completely 'natural', as they involve some sort of chemical processing through solvent extraction.

Concretes and absolutes are often used in the perfumery world as they maintain the fragrance that perfumers require - but they do not possess the therapeutic properties of essential oils for aromatherapy use.

To learn more read When is an essential oil not an essential oil? And methods of distillation and extraction of essential oils will be discussed in my next blog post...

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