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What Makes a Plant an Essential Oil? Aromatic Oil Distillation Methods

Essential oils are the concentrated volatile or ethereal oils extracted from a single botanical plant source. The part of the plant that yields the maximum amount of volatile oil is what’s used in the extraction process, i.e. flowers, leaves, stems, bark, seeds and roots of shrubs, bushes, herbs and trees.When the substance of scent is still in the plant, it is called an essence. After distillation from the plant part, the volatile aromatic compound is referred to as an essential oil. These subtle, highly aromatic plant extracts are found in the specialized cells or glands of plants. Through millennia these plant excretions have evolved as protection for a plant from predators and to attract pollinators. Surprisingly aromatic compounds are not...

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