About Essential Oils
Where to they come from?
One of the oldest ways
of extracting essential oils is by crushing the plant material. Parts of
the plant that have high oil content such as seeds, fruit peels,
fruits, are crushed to express the oil from the plant material. The
material is then filtered to separate the oil from the rest of the plant
material. Some common examples are cold pressed lemon oil, Neem oil, and various seed oils.
The quality of the oil, depending on the material, is very good
because the plant material is not altered in any significant way.
For parts of the plants that do not have a high oil content or where it is difficult to crush the plant material, steam is used to extract the essential oils from the plant. Essential oils from roots, leaves, woods are generally extracted using steam distillation. Some flowers such as Rose, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, are also extracted by steam distillation. In the steam distillation process, steam is first generated in a boiler. The steam is sent through the bottom of another vessel wherein the plant material is kept. As the steam rises through the plant material, it softens and releases the essential oils that are present in "sacs" in the plant material. The essential oil rises along with the steam and is sent through a tube that is kept cool with running water. As the steam and essential oil cool, they condense into a liquid mixture of oil and water. The oils and water are then collected and separated. Because of the difference in density of the oil and water, the oil floats above the water or sinks to the bottom. The steam that has cooled into water, has some of the essential oil remaining in it. These waters then form what are called floral waters, such as rose water from the distillation of rose oil. Common examples of steam distilled essential oils are: Rose oil (flower), Sandalwood oil (wood), vetiver oil (root), Patchouli (Leaves), Lemongrass (grass).
Factor affecting quality of extracted essential oils
The quality of the
essential oils produced by any of the above methods can vary greatly
depending again on various factors. Two of the main factors are:
1. The quality of the starting plant material.
As is obvious, it is very critical to start with a good quality material. For example, vetiver root has to be about 5 years in the ground for it to produce a good quality oil. But for economic reasons, some of the roots are extracted after two years, thereby affecting the quality of the oil produced. The quality will also depend on keeping proper separation of the plant material needed for extraction. For example, if the essential oil is to be extracted from the leaves, care has to be taken to separate the stems, and twigs from the leaves before distillation.
Soil conditions and
environment affect the quality of the oil produced. Sometimes different
geographical regions produce different grades of oils. Plants grown
during different seasons produce difference grades oils.
2. Process control during extraction of the essential oil.
During steam distillation, different grades of oil are produced or different fractions are produced. The first fraction is usually of the best quality whereas the oil coming out from an 'exhausted' material is usually of lower grade depending on when the first extract leaves the distillation still. Maintaining proper separation between the various grades is important for the final quality of the oil.
An essential oil is a liquid that
is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from
the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a
plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil"
are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear,
but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber
or yellow in color.
Essential oils contain the true essence of the
plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated
and a little goes a long way.
Essential oils are not the same as perfume
or fragrance oils. Where essential oils are derived from the
true plants, perfume oils are artificially created fragrances or
contain artificial substances and do not offer the therapeutic benefits
that essential oils offer.
Some botanicals store their precious
essential oil within their leaves or flowers while others may store the
beneficial oil within their rinds, seeds or other plant parts.
Not all plants produce enough essential oil to justify the commercial cost of extracting them oil. Additionally, the essential oils produced by some plants have no known therapeutic value or can even be hazardous. As more is discovered about the safety and therapeutic benefits of particular essential oils and as consumer/B2B demand grows for particular essential oils, availability can change.
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