Essential oils refer to the oils that contain the “essence of” the chemical compounds from plants. Essential oils are also called ethereal oils, volatile oils and aetherolea. The term “essential” here does not mean that it is required for human body.
Essential oils are extracted from parts of plants like leaves, barks, rinds and sometimes whole herbs. The oils are usually extracted by various procedures like distillation, solvent extraction, cold pressing, wax embedding, etc. They are often used in aromatherapy, a type of healing technique that induces relaxation.
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Potential dangers of essential oils:
Essential oils may cause harm when used in concentrated versions. The following are the possible dangers of using essential oils in the wrong way.
Essential oils, when used in the safe levels of concentration can prove useful. Any symptoms on the skin, nose or eyes that occur due to exposure to essential oils need to be attended to immediately.