Essential oils are volatile, highly aromatic liquids from plants, extracted through different methods such as steam distillation, or through cold pressing (in the case of citrus fruits).
Although referred to as “oils”, they aren't oily fats, but tiny volatile molecules that vaporise readily to disperse a distinct aroma. They are found in tiny sacs or globules within the plant.
Essential oils can be extracted from the leaves, stems, roots, bark, flowers, fruits or resin of the plant. These therapeutic fragrances are extensively used in the perfume, cosmetics and skincare industry.