One common ingredient present in the natural products made, essential oils can be used commonly by inhalation and by the topical application of the diluted oil. As these oils are willingly available to public, lots of people incorrectly think that no particular training or knowledge is required to use this. Unluckily, there’re many who make such mistake. Some have also read about aromatherapy, and friend and supplier has told that particular oil can be good for that. However, essential oils will cause problems when used incorrectly. So, what you know about the powerful botanicals?
What’re Essential Oils?
The essential oil is concentrated liquids that is extracted from the plant material-bark, flowers, berries, roots, seeds, leaves, and twigs-that are formed in many different ways. The common is the steam distillation, where pressurized steam gets passed through the plant material, and causing oils to quickly evaporate out. Resulting mixture of the oil & steam will be condensed back in the liquid, and oil gets skimmed off.
The plants that are very fragile for the steam distillation, like orange blossom, jasmine, and rose, will have the oils extracted by using solvents. The oils created by such process are called as absolutes & are used in the perfumes and diffusers as the solvent residue will make most of it unsuitable for the topical use.
The third method will be carbon dioxide extraction. Whereas these oils are absolutes, pressurized carbon dioxide that is used as the solvent does not leave any harmful residue & creates the thicker oil with the rounded aroma.