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Aromatherapy During Pregnancy

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Aromatherapy has been practiced for at least 4000 years and was popular in Ancient India, Greece, Rome and Egypt. Aro­matic essential oils are produced by special glands in the leaves, stems, bark, flowers, roots or seeds of certain plants.

These oils contain many active ingredients in a highly concen­trated and potent form that, because they are volatile, readily evaporate to release their powerful scent. The oils are collected in a variety of ways.

Those extracted by simple pressing (e.g. bergamot, lemon, orange) are known as ‘essences’, those extracted by distillation are known as ‘essential oils‘, while those obtained by enfleurage (pressing petals between glass sheets coated with animal fat) and solvent extraction are cor­rectly known as ‘absolutes’. The term ‘essential oil‘ is com­monly used to describe them all, however.

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