What are Absolutes?
Absolutes are highly aromatic liquids extracted from plants like essential oil cousins. Absolutes, however, are extracted in a complex manner that requires the use of chemical solvents that are later removed during the final stages of production.
Occasionally, the hot steam or water used to distill an essential oil does not extract much natural oil from the plant or harms the precious natural oil... This is where the solvent extraction methods are often used.
As a rule, absolutes are more concentrated than essential oils. The thing about it is that while a little bit of essential oils are known to go a long way, absolutes are like pure concentrate by comparison and go an even longer way.
While the chemical solvents are removed during the final stages of production, as you'd imagine, a very trace amount of solvent can remain in the final absolute. And, yes this is a disadvantage to using absolutes since aromatherapy focuses on the use of pure and natural plant material. Although the amount of remaining solvent is minimal, absolutes are used in true aromatherapy with care, respect and knowledge. Essential oils should never be taken internally by anyone that is not trained, educated and experienced at employing this method of use. Absolutes should never be taken internally by anyone because of that small amount of trace solvent that may remain.
Medical disclaimer: The information provided herein is for personal interest and informational purposes only. It is NOT intended to offer medical treatment for any condition. Essential oils are very concentrated and are not to be used undiluted on the skin or taken internally otherwise instructed by your Doctor. Keep out of reach of children and pets.