An essential oil is any of a variety of volatile oils produced by many plants, flowers, and fruits, which give them their characteristic odor or flavor. A great number of chemical compounds have been identified from essential oils. They are used commercially for flavoring food and in perfumes; some have medicinal properties. Many essential oils are obtained from plants that originate in dry, Mediterranean climates. These oils are usually produced by special glands.
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