Different Oils Used in Aromatherapy
What are the different oils used in aromatherapy?
hough essentials oils are most commonly used in aromatherapy, there are some other oils that also find their use in aromatherapy. These are collectively known as aromatherapy oils. They are:
Essential oils-These oils are usually extracted through steam distillation.
Absolutes- These oils are extracted through chemical expressions (and not through steam distillation) and are more concentrated than essential oils.
Hydrosols- Hydrosols are the liquids that are left as residue after extraction of oil through distillation. Rose water is an example of a hydrosol.
Co2 s-Through Co2 extraction, the Co2 in the plants are converted into liquids.
Carrier oils-Carrier oils are the base for aromatherapy treatments. As the essential oils cannot be used on their own, they are combined with carrier oils like apricot, olive, hazelnut, grape-seed, sesame or almond oil.
Infused oils-When herbs are heated in carrier oils, the smell and flavor of it is retained in the oil. These are known as infused oils. Certain oils are not preferred in aromatherapy. Some of these are: