In South Africa essential oils are produced from crops that contain volatile aromatic oils. The oils are extracted from various parts of plants that are rich in oil, primarily through steam distillation but also through chemical extraction.
Essential oils are obtained from plant parts such as the leaves, fruit, bark, wood and resin of many plants. These plant oils are distinguishable by their volatile nature and distinct aroma which causes them to evaporate when exposed to air.
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