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January 17, 2018
Adulteration of Essential Oils - Standardisation and Adulteration

Adulteration of Essential Oils

Supply of natural essential oils is limited and the increasing demand for the natural essential oils for use in various industries has led many suppliers to adulterate the natural essential oil in order to increase the supply and lower the prices. It is not uncommon for some suppliers to sell their adulterated essential oils as pure essential oils in the market. These adulterated essential oils may smell like the pure essential oils but they do not have the same therapeutic properties and effect. In the article, we will discuss the […]
January 12, 2018
Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Essential Oils for Pain Relief

Pain is an unavoidable facet of life. It gets in our way of living and hampers our daily routine. We rely on over the counter painkillers as a mean for quick relief. But are these pain killing tablets really safe to use? Well, NO! A better alternative is turning to natural remedies in the form of essential oils. Read on to know about essential oils for pain relief.   Over the counter painkillers can have side effects that can worsen your health in the long run. In comparison, essential oils […]
December 27, 2017
Factors Affecting Quality Essential Oils

Factors Affecting Quality of Essential Oils

There are no standards regarding qualitative and quantitative composition of genuine essential oils. The composition of essential oil changes continuously during a plant’s life cycle, varies between different parts of the plant and even between different populations of identical species. A number of factors related to climate, habitat, agricultural, environment and technology may lead to these difference in compositions of essential oils. In the article, we will discuss the following factors in addition to chemotype. Chemotype Climate Soil Quality Amount of Water Insect Stress and Microorganism Type of Biomass Agricultural […]
December 22, 2017
Chemistry of Essential Oils

Chemistry of Essential Oils

Essential oils are aromatic hydrophobic volatile liquid extracted from plants. They are known to have many properties and play protective and communicative mechanism in the plant. But where from essential oils get their properties? What are their constituents that make them special? What is chemistry of essential oils? Essential oils, like all organic compounds, are made up of hundreds of compounds. But there are particularly few major chemical components that are responsible for their characteristic properties. These can be categorised into two groups: Hydrocarbons: Hydrocarbons are present in essential oils […]
December 20, 2017
Solvent Extraction, Absolute, Resonid, Concrete, Enfleurage, Maceration

How Essential Oils are Extracted – Solvent Extraction

Distillation and cold pressing, as discussed in previous article, are most common methods used in distillation of essential oils. However, in a  growing number of cases, aromatic content of plant are now being distilled using solvents extraction. The products from solvent extraction are not to be confused with essential oils. Solvent extraction results in products with high aromatic content but they have other constituents also.  In the second part of article about how essential oils are extracted, we will discuss the following topics: Solvent extraction What are concrete, resinoid and […]
December 14, 2017
Schematic Diagram of Steam Distillation of Essential Oils

How Essential Oils are Extracted – Part I

There are a number of ways to extract the volatile aromatic essence of the plant. Some of the methods used are steam and/or water distillation, solvent extraction, resin tapping and cold pressing. These methods produces a variety of aromatic products or extracts including essential oils, concretes, resinoids and absolutes. The method used depend on the quality of the plant material and the type of aromatic product that is required. We will cover the topic of extraction in 2 part series. In the first part, here, we will discuss the distillation […]
December 12, 2017
essential oils for sleep

Essential Oils for Sleep? 6 Oils You Can Use for Better Sleep

Healthy sleep is important for our physical and mental health. It plays critical role in developing immunity, memory metabolism, learning and other vital functions. However, according to estimates, over 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep loss or sleep disorders. Essential oils with their calming and relaxing properties can play a role in dealing with sleep disorders. Let’s take a brief at some of the essential oils for sleep. Sleep needs vary from person to person. Historically, most people slept around 9 hours. But nowadays, people sleep fewer than […]
December 9, 2017
essential oil diffuser

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are one of the finest gifts of nature for humankind. For thousands of years, civilisations from Egypt to India to China has made use of essential oils, extracted in various ways from flowers, seeds, bark, resins and other parts of plants for variety of reasons including medical, culinary and perfumery. The recent revival in demand for essential oils in last half century has led many to wonder what are essential oils and how they are used? In this article, we will briefly discuss about the basics of essential […]
November 25, 2017
Uses of Oregano Oil

20 Uses of Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano essential oil’s amazing benefits were first discovered in Greece where it was used as an antiseptic and antibacterial substance for wounds. Belonging to the Labiatae botanical family, oregano has high quantities of phenols which have antioxidant effects and prevent free radicals from causing harm. Oregano essential oil is an absolutely must-have item in your home. Here are 20 uses of oregano essential oil that can tremendously benefit us: Cold Relief Do you feel congested because of a bad cold? Oregano essential oil use can be an effective remedy in […]
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