How To Make Essential Oils?
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Have you ever happened to wonder about the process that converts the plants delicately raised in your own garden to pure liquids as powerful as elixirs? Oils used to either massage your skin, relax your senses, and deliberately heal from outside in, definitely deserve a spared moment to be examined. Indeed, such trivial transformation shall look no less than a miracle.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils, in other words: ‘volatile oils’, which literally refer to 'liquefied plants' which retain the 'essence' of each plant-extracted oil; inspiring the name. Pure essential oils contain no chemical additives or synthetic oils; they are 'pure' in every sense of the word and only contain aromatic direct green plant-derived components. That is why the names of pure essential oils are identical to the 'botanical' scientific terms of the plants from which they were extracted. For instance, Cinnamon Oil can also be named as Cinnamomum zeylanicum. You may look for pure essential oils which can deliver all the therapeutic soothing effects of aromatherapy, such oils include but are not limited to Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lemon Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Tea Tree Oil, or Bergamot Essential Oil. Some oils are even extracted from Linalool, Witch Hazel, Vanilla, Rosemary, Patchouli, Eucalyptus, and Rose, delivering the best that can be extracted from either seeds, petals or barks of the plant.
Procedures That Can Help You Bottle Some Essential Oil At Home
Now, there are lots of techniques by which one can derive a pure essential oil, such as distillation, solvent extraction and florasols extraction. Distillation may be extended to several methods, including fractional, vacuum, simple, and steam distillation, which is the only method by which pure essential oils can be extracted; the philosophy behind Frenchlotus’s Essential Oils Collection. The benefit of steam distillation enhanced over any other type is the fact that a decreased boiling point inhibits the decomposition of chemicals known as temperature-sensitive ingredients and compounds like natural aromas. Because water and organics are immiscible; the resulting liquid is formed in two phases: water and the organic substance.
In Layman's language, distillation is the process of purifying a liquid by the usage of heat, and cooling it afterward. Steam distillation is the usage of steam in a similar process, involving the following four steps:
- Step 1. Steam Injection: Raw plant material (consisting of plant roots, flowers, seeds, peels, etc.) is placed in the distillation apparatus (known as a Still or an Alembic), set over the water, in which steam is injected into through an inlet.
- Step 2. Vaporization: After steam heats the water, this heat is transferred to the plant 'material'. Noting the fact that plants have small aromatic 'pockets' which make essential oils actually 'essential'; steam serves to open up these such called pockets in order to vaporize or evaporate the raw plant material.
- Step 3. Condensation: Coldwater is passed through the "vaporized plants", until they get liquefied. Hot water is taken out through an outlet, and cold water is continually added; till no vapor is left.
- Step 4. Extraction: The oil condenses and gets collected in a vessel called ‘The Separator’. The hydrosol, thus formed, contains oil floating on the surface of the water, which gets siphoned (pumped) off and stored in oil bottles. The left-behind water is known as "Floral Water".
Since steam distillation involves the conversion of raw plant material into a 'liquefied' plant (essential oil) through the formation of a 'vaporized' extract; pure essential oils carry the aroma, flavour, and scent of the plant from which they were extracted.
These essential oils are present in several substances of everyday usage, including perfumes, deodorants, air fresheners, facial toners, soaps, lotions, sugar scrubs, cleaning products, and other substances delicately dedicated for personal use.
How Can I Use Essential Oils Made by Myself?
In order to make the most of your essential oils, you need to follow a technique that shall make you feel better; especially by rubbing the oils directly into bare skin. This method is thought to deliver healing properties; proven to be beneficial even at home, taking into consideration the right precautions and measurements.
Aromatherapists use these oils to reduce stress, soothe anxiety, and create genuine feelings of relaxation. Different companies ship essential oils like Frankincense Oil, Helichrysum Oil, Nutmeg Oil, Myrrh Oil, and Aura Cacia Oil for aromatherapy purposes, not only for their soothing power but also for their multiple benefits that can even include sound sleep. These oils are also called 'Relievers' or 'Diffusers' for the reasons mentioned above; used as natural pesticides.
For a proper aromatherapy experience, the need for a long-term, high-quality aromatic diffusers and humidifiers is crucial; since they can disperse essential oils into fine vapor aesthetically, delivering all the aromatic chilling effects, increasing the air’s moisture levels, which improves overall mood and adds to the skin’s hydration, preventing ageing and sagging skin. Inhalation of these oils is considered to be the safest method of all; since it soothes the nervous system, regulates hormones, metabolism, and brain’s chemicals. Pick the most favourable aromatherapy item of your choice from Frenchlotus’s new collections of humidifiers and essential oils' diffusers
Whenever essential oils are concerned with personal usage, it is crucial to keep in mind that the undiluted form of essential oils may possibly lead to several health issues like various types of allergies, spasms, and skin irritation. Hence, in some cases, the dilution of distilled essential oils is crucial, mostly with certain vegetable oils called "Carrier Oils", such as Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil. Matching their title, the purpose of carrier oils is to carry essential oils to the skin. The choice of the carrier depends on the type and purpose of the essential oil. One must keep in mind the following guidelines while using self-extracted essential oils:
- Personal Usage (Hair and skin i.e., topical use): Add 8-16 drops of essential oil to every 30ml (one ounce) of carrier oil; a 1-3% dilution formula.
- Environmental Usage: Add up to 18 drops of your favourite essential oil to every 30ml (one ounce) of a carrier oil of your choice; forming a 3% dilution formula.
As an example, we say that to dilute Cinnamon Oil, one drop of it should be added to two cups (250 ml) of Carrier Oil (Sesame, Almond, and Clove oils work best with it).
Ingestion of undiluted essential oils must be avoided at all costs. In a highly concentrated form, they should never be used on the skin. Health care practitioners or essential oil label guidelines must be consulted before usage to avoid any possible damage. Diluted essential oils should be patch tested on a small portion of the skin before use. It is known that excessive usage of any product is unwise. Hence, overuse must be avoided.
By now, most of your curious remarks on the process by which pure essential oils are formed, as well as the steps preliminary to its direct yet safe application must have been deeply clarified. Still curious? Keep checking Frenchlotus's Blog website for similar content! Do not forget to share your essential oil making experience and photos with us; in order to be part of our approximate blog post family.
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