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What Is Essential Oil?

ED Origin Technology Co.,Ltd | Updated: Aug 14, 2017


We always use aroma diffuser to diffuser the essential oil in order to release anxiety or enjoy the delight moment, but what is essential oil? Where it comes from?

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All plants contain oils (eg, corn oil, peanut oil, coconut oil), but only about 3000 contain essential oils, also called "volatile oils" or "aromatic oils," in their flowers, leaves, bark, wood, fruit, or peel. Essential oils probably developed in flowers to attract insects for pollination and in other plant parts as deterrents to predators.

The term "essential" refers to the essence or fragrance of a plant rather than a necessary component of the oil or something biologically vital. Essential oils are usually extracted by distillation and typically contain such chemicals as terpenes, quinines, benzene compounds, and aromatic/aliphatic esters and alcohols. Oils produced with the aid of chemical solvents are not considered true essential oils.

In theory, chemical components of essential oils may bind to receptors in the olfactory bulb and have an effect on the limbic system, which governs emotions.

Topical application of some aromatic oils may exert antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects. Essential oils are found commercially as odorants in cosmetics, perfumes, soaps, detergents, and various other products ranging from insecticides to paints.


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