Wednesday, 17 June 2009

English Essential Oils

The majority of essential oils are produced from plants native to exotic places like Thailand, the Mediterranean, Malaysia, and New Zealand. There are a number of essential oils which are made from plants which are native to England and are also distilled here too. Some of these oils include lavender, cypress, sage, thyme, chamomile, angelica, rosemary, peppermint, clary sage, dill, hyssop, lovage, melissa, and yarrow.

Some of these plants weren’t originally native to England but were introduced to the country hundreds of years ago such as Rosemary which was originally native to the Mediterranean. However, they are able to grow well here even though the climate is somewhat different to that of their native countries.

The country of origin often determines the unique smell of an essential oil, for example, essential oil produced from lavender grown in France has a slightly different aroma to that of oil produced from English grown lavender. This is due to the climate the plant grows in, the soil type, and even the method in which the oil has been distilled.

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