essential oil is any concentrated, hydrophobic liquid containing
volatile aroma compounds from plants, which are called aromatic herbs or
are also known as volatile or ethereal oils, or simply as the "oil of"
the plant material from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove.
is "essential" in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or
essence, of the plant.
Essential oils can be extracted using a variety of methods, although
some are not commonly used today.
Currently, the most popular method for extraction is steam distillation,
but as technological advances are made more efficient and economical
methods being developed.
Depending on the method of extraction and the quantity of the raw
materials used, the price and quality of the oil are determined.
There are many
other factors to be taken into consideration when producing a
good quality essential oil, which is important for its full
benefit. Soil quality, climatic and geographic conditions all
contribute to the overall quality of the essential oil.
Solvent extraction is another method used to extract essential oils from
delicate flowers such as Rose, Jasmine, Violet, and Mimosa.
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