This article is here to educate you in Healing, Aroma or Essential Oils in general. It will educate you on the creation process, what you should be aware of, how to protect yourself, how to be smart when purchasing, and basic information you should be aware of. I will not be speaking of one company exclusively, but merely giving knowledge for the end-user first and foremost. We should all be aware of where and what the products we are using in and around our bodies at all times.
Where does the oil come from?
Most of the oils’ created today are extracted from raw plants, seeds, roots, bark, and the resin of flowers. Healing oils’ are created for different reasons than aroma type oils’. Healing are being used to help you with pain, inflammation, skin and hair, better focus, for immunity, hormones, emotional health, for more sleep, and many other reasons. Aroma oils’ are created mainly for the sense of smell, your nose.
There are several ways that oils’ can be extracted for the best outcome for the company making them. You, as the end-user, should be aware of these and ask questions when you purchase any of these products. Did you know that there is a cold and hot way for these oils’ to be extracted?
The first process we will discuss is when using water with heat. Using whatever product is to be used to extract the oil, water is heated into steam and is placed over the plants removing volatile constituents. This goes into a condenser. The condenser cools the rising vapor into its liquid form = essential oils’. This is only collected from the surface of the water. Clove as an example is one that is heavier in nature and is actually collected or sifted from the bottom of the water.
Note that this process must be done to perfection in order to create the best possible product. The pressure must be perfect, the steam degrees must be perfect and the time the ingredients are exposed to the steam must be perfect. Example the rare oil of cashmier lavender must be created with 3 lbs of pressure, the steam at 245 degrees and the exposure time is 2 hours. Without the actual scientific knowledge of knowing these limitations NOT ALL OILS CAN BE CREATED EQUALLY.
The second process is with cold pressing. When using cold pressing rins, citrus, and seeds are used to create the essential oils’. Heat is still used in this process but at a colder temperature. The temperature used is only 120 degrees. The items are put into a container, pricked and punctured by a rotating device with spikes. When the items are punctured this releases the oil and it is drained into another container. Machines using syntricle force will separate the juice from the oil, leaving the product which is used for the oils’ product. Thus, then carrier oils’ are added in order for us to use them on our skin for better absorption into our blood. Most 100% pure oils’ only should not be used directly on the skin without the use of a carrier oil. Actually there are only a few that can be.
Important facts to know
There are different grades of oils’ created today. There are different wording used so lets just say it, “to confuse the public”. Some might use: pharmaceutical, 100% pure, no GMOs, and more. Be aware there are FAKE oils’ out there being sold as 100% pure. The best way to know if an oil is what it says, is to know if the oil you are interested in is GC/MS tested. GC/MS test in long form means: Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry. Companies that use this technology to prove the legitimacy of their product are the ones that can actually state they are 100% pure; IF they pass of course.
Most companies are interested in the bottom line. However, there is a fact that some companies thinking of only the bottom line will redistill the same product multiple times and thus selling as the same product overall. This is not true – the first batch would be pure oils’ being extracted and used, great, the second would be a watered down version meaning less pure of a product if using the distilled products from the previous batch. However, they sell it as the same. Some companies are known to do the redistilling process 2-3 times before changing things.
Another fact is that some companies will source non-organic raw materials that possibly could contain pesticides and other harmful chemicals; and then selling them as organic or no GMOs… and on. Be aware of what you are buying and putting on your skin. Knowledge is power and protection.
I will be honest with everyone reading this article. I was known to purchase the cheapest oils’ that would state they were 100% oil. At that time, I was not aware of the differences, nor the products that was actually used in the extraction of the oil product. I assumed, as we all do from time to time, that when it says it’s 100% pure, it is. But unfortunately, they aren’t.
I created this article to help inform you, educate you, and to help know what it is you are purchasing. When buying the actual 100% product – there are huge benefits. They last longer, better for consumption into the blood, smell better, and does more for us in the long run. I hope that with this information it has helped each of you understand the process, and the products better.
My only hope is that you can get where you are going, with the knowledge and products when you are purchasing what you actually are looking for and need. Best of luck to your nose in the future with such knowledge.
Look here in the future as there will be follow up articles to help you understand the different oils and what they are known to help with. I look forward to helping you learn more about oils and their healing properties.
Love and Light
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