What is an essential oil?
Trees, plants and flowers synthesize aromatic plant essences extremely fragile, volatile. Extracting the essence of all botanical parts (plants, leaves, flowers, fruits, wood, roots, seeds ...), we obtain the essential oil.
Three methods are used to obtain an essential oil 100% pure and natural used in aromatherapy:
- The term cold peel, this mechanical process is used only for citrus. The essential oils extracted and contain non-volatile compounds
(beta-carotene, steroids, fatty acids ...)
- Distillation by steam, used for all other plants, regardless of the portion used. This is the method of distilling the most reliable.
- Extraction with chemical solvents, oils but distorts them essntielles lose much of their virtues. In addition, the chemical traces may be allergenic ...
The distillation of an essential oil must meet the following quality criteria:
- It must be slow and complete, not to dissociate the molecules in the oil and express all the benefits. Stopping too early distillation (derivation) we change the structure of the oil and therefore its active ingredients.
Contrary to popular belief, an essential oil is an oily substance is its mixture with a vegetable oil that gives it an oily appearance. An essential oil is very fragrant, with a tremendous power, not to be confused with herbal extracts and vegetal oils. next back