Aromatherapy essential oils are the highly concentrated essences of aromatic plants. The oils are found in different parts of the plant such as the flowers, twigs, leaves and bark, or in the rind of fruit. For example, in roses it is found in the flowers, in basil it is in the leaves, in sandalwood in the wood, and so on.
Aromatherapy is one of the most common uses for essential oils. There are many other uses, but aromatherapy is the most well-known. Aromatherapy uses both organic essential oils and can be combined to achieve desired effects. It is important to fully understand the effects of essential oils and how aromatherapy works before using them in aromatherapy treatments.
Aromatherapy refers to the use of essential oils for healing the mind and body. Extracting the oils is time-consuming and expensive. It also requires a lot of expertise. There are many methods to extract organic essential oils, but some aren't used as often today. Steam distillation is currently the most common method of extracting essential oils.
The essential oil is extracted by placing the plant material into a still. This is similar to a pressure cooker. Pressurized steam then passes through the plant matter. The steam and essential oil vapor then escape the top of the still to a water-cooled pipe, where they are condensed to liquids. The essential oil will separate from the water at this point and will float to the top. This is best left to the professionals.