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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

Adulterate: To mix synthetic oils and/or alcohol with 100% pure essentialoils, which dilutes the essential oil and destroys its therapeutic properties.
Aromatherapy: Generic term that refers to any of the various traditions that make use of essential oils in combination with other alternative medical practices and spiritual beliefs. (Note: be careful when buying oils labeled as “Aromatherapy Oils” because they quite often are not 100% pure.)
Essential oil: A concentrated, volatile liquid extracted from aromatic herbs, plants or trees. The oil is “essential” in that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence,of the plant. Generally extracted by distillation.
Extraction: How the essential oil is obtained from the source. Sometimes referred to as distillation.
Hot: Oils which cause a red, burning irritation on the skin when used neat. Some of these are the spice, mint and citrus oils.
Neat: Undiluted.
Therapeutic Grade: May be used to aid healing, energy, and enhance mood.
Volatile: Easily evaporated at normal temperatures.
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