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Essential oils are primarily produced through the process of steam distillation. Some flowers, however, especially lily and lotus, are too delicate for steam distillation, which damages them a great deal. Therefore, their oils may be extracted more effectively by extraction. These oils are called absolute oils. An absolute oil is an essence, having a very high concentration of fragrance, and, like essential oils, a little goes a long way and care must be taken in its use. Unlike essential oils, absolute oils are volatile and evaporate when exposed to air. Absolute oils must be stored in dark, air-tight glass bottles, and kept away from heat. If stored properly, they can last for more than five years.
How do I use an absolute oil?
Absolute oils are primarily used in the perfume industry to give scent to products. As they are very concentrated, they should not be applied directly to the skin, as with essential oils. They can be used to treat many mental and physical symptoms using aromatherapy techniques. Like essential oils, any absolute oil can be diffused in an oil burner or diluted in a massage carrier oil and applied to the skin. Certain absolute oils, specifically lily and lotus, may be added in tiny quantities to your favorite smoking blend, but be sure to do your research before you try smoking just any absolute oil.