Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy, which is a form of alternative medicine.
However, some of the health claims associated with them are controversial.
This article explains what you need to know about essential oils and their health effects.
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants.
The oils capture the plant's scent and flavor, also called its "essence."
Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence.
Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing.