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October 1998 Issue

Essential Oils of Aromatherapy: For Smelling or Rubbing, Not Swallowing

Q. What are essential oils? A. Essential oils are concentrated extracts from flowers, fruits, leaves, stems, roots or barks of plants. When essential oils are massaged into skin, inhaled through the nose or absorbed in a bath, it is called aromatherapy and is used to treat a variety of ailments, from skin conditions and stomachaches to respiratory infections and anxiety. It's important not to confuse essential oils with essential fatty acids, unrelated components

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