essential oil

noun

Definition of essential oil 

: any of a class of volatile oils that give plants their characteristic odors and are used especially in perfumes and flavorings, and for aromatherapy — compare fixed oil

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An amalgam of nourishing ginger, lavender, rosemary and black pepper essential oils, this magic tonic takes aches and pain to task beyond the bath—and feels like an extra layer of warmth underneath pajamas. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why a Hot Ginger Bath Is the Perfect Detox Ritual for Winter," 26 Nov. 2018 Lavender bath bombs; lavender candles; deodorizing lavender sachets for your shoes, car or underwear drawer; lavender diffusers; lavender essential oils; even lavender chill pills for humans and dogs. Joanna Klein, The Seattle Times, "Lavender’s soothing scent could be more than just folk medicine," 26 Oct. 2018 Please consult your doctor before integrating essential oils into your home or self-care routine. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 Do combine essential oils with a carrier oil first. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Essential Oils to Add to Your Bath Routine — And How to Do It Safely," 20 Sep. 2018 For something more natural (but less sophisticated), try a pure essential oil. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "10 Burning Questions About Cologne, Answered," 16 Aug. 2018 Listerine contains several essential oils that have both antibacterial and antifungal activity. Houston Chronicle, "Old wives’ remedy helped arthritis pain," 1 July 2018 Enter True Botanicals’ purse-friendly aromatherapy rollers, a stress-relieving, immunity-boosting, and muscle-relaxing essential oil trio that glides across pulse points for instant relief from holiday madness. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 11 Best Gifts for the Wellness Warrior in Your Life," 14 Nov. 2018 Burning candles made with essential oils can also have the same room- and aura-cleansing benefits. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018

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1674, in the meaning defined above

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essential oil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of essential oil

: an oil that comes from a plant, that smells like the plant it comes from, and that is used in perfumes and flavorings

essential oil

noun

Medical Definition of essential oil 

: any of a large class of volatile odoriferous oils of vegetable origin that give plants their characteristic odors and often other properties, that are obtained from various parts of the plants (as flowers, leaves, or bark) by steam distillation, expression, or extraction, that are usually mixtures of compounds (as aldehydes or esters), and that are used often in the form of essences in perfumes, flavorings, and pharmaceutical preparations

called also ethereal oil, volatile oil

— compare fatty oil, fixed oil

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