Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Plants synthesize pure essential oils for various biological purposes. From providing protection against predators and harmful microbes to acting as plant-to-plant chemical messengers, essential oils support the health and survival of the plant that produces them. Throughout recorded human history, people have extracted essential oils from plants for their aromatic and culinary uses. However, humans aren’t the only species to utilize these “gifts of the earth.” Scientists have begun to understand the importance of essential oils in the adaptive survival of other species like bees and spiders. Read through these fascinating articles to learn more about nature’s unique relationship with essential oils.
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