Essential oils are the extracts that come from the essence of a plant. You find the essence of essential oils in various parts of a plant. For example, you find citrus oils such as orange, lemon or grapefruit, in the peel. Tangerine peel is also an herb in Chinese medicine.
You can immediately smell the essence of these fruits in the peel when you hold it to your nose or you cut it open . This is why the zest of a lemon is so often used in cooking. It have a strong aroma.
You will find other essential oils in flowers, such as rose, jasmine, or honeysuckle. When I mention these flowers, can you smell them already from the memories in your mind?
Certain woods contain wonderful scents, like cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood or myrrh.
Spices, such as clove, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, are some of the aromas you recognize from the kitchen. Most of these help your digestion.
The oils of some herbs are in their leaves, such as basil, sage, mint, pine, cypress and eucalyptus. The scents of each of these oils is all encompassing and open your breath – ahhhhhh.
There are so many qualities of essential oils which I won’t get into here but you can read my blog for further info.