Aromatherapy oils have a strong aroma or perfume
What are Aromatherapy Oils?
Aromatherapy is the use of the naturals oils of plants. These
oils are usually taken out of the plant through distillation. Steam is forced through plant matter and then collected again. As the steam cools, it changes back to water. This water now contains water soluble chemicals of the plant and oils soluble ingredients of the plant.
Aromatherapy Oil and Hydrosols
As we know, oil sits on water. Now the oil and water parts of the plant can be separated. The oil contains the strongest perfume, or aroma or scent of the plant. These perfumed oils are called Aromatherapy oils. The water contains the water soluble ingredients of the plant. These are called Hydrosols.
Aromatherapy oils are very concentrated and so most of them should not be applied directly to the skin. They need to be diluted in some vegetable oil. Vegetables oils or other plant oils that can be used are grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil.
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