What are Aromatherapy Oils?
Aromatherapy Oil Definition
The term aromatherapy oil generally refers to all of the natural essential oils, CO2 supercritical extracts, absolutes and other natural liquid plant aromatics that are used within the scope of holistic aromatherapy.
However, the meaning behind the term aromatherapy oil can differ depending on who is using the term. For instance, some people mistakenly think that synthetic fragrance oils are suitable for use in aromatherapy. Sometimes synthetic fragrance oils are mistakenly referred to as aromatherapy oils.
AromaWeb strives to avoid using the term aromatherapy oil to avoid confusion or misunderstandings. When you encounter this term, it's best to check with the person using the term to find out what specific type of aromatic oil or extract that it is.
Guide to Essential Oils and Other Aromatic Oils and Extracts
For detailed definitions of each of the type of natural oils used in aromatherapy, read the guides and articles linked below.
Lists and Definitions of Natural Aromatics and Vegetable Oils Utilized Within Holistic Aromatherapy:
- Essential Oils
- Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extracts (CO2 Extracts)
- Carrier Oils
- Infused Oils
- Fragrance Oils - Fragrance oils are not used in holistic aromatherapy, but I include their definition here so you can understand the difference between natural essential oils and synthetic fragrance oils.