“Essential oils are created and stored in specialized plant structures such as secretory cells, glands, glandular hairs, and oil or resin ducts. The secretory cells that produce the volatile oils trap the photoelectromagnetic energy of the sun, and with the help of glucose, convert it into biochemical energy in the form of aromatic molecules. In a process similar to photosynthesis, plants create essential oils by trapping and transmuting light and energy.”— Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green.

Essential oils are reserved in all parts of the plants. We can find and extract essential oils from the flowers, seeds, leaves, twigs, branches, grasses, bark, wood, roots, rhizomes, fruit peels, gums and resins.

Why plants produce essential oils?

To attracting insects for pollination and reproduction and protecting the plant from predators.

References: 

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green.

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