The discovery of pure essential oils is a fascinating new development in alternative medicine. As more research is conducted on them, they are becoming an important part of alternative therapy. Because these oils have not been tested on animals, there is a lot of concern about them being harmful or having no effect, but the research is unclear on that issue.
In order to avoid possible toxicity, the production process for pure essential oils has to be strictly controlled. In order to qualify as pharmaceutical grade, the plants that are used for the extraction process must be of pharmaceutical grade organic origin. Some plants are crossbred to create pharmaceutical grade essential oils, but this is not an efficient way to create the therapeutic grade oils. The researchers want the general public to be well aware of these findings, because some therapeutic grade essential oils and their ingredients exhibit estrogenic activity and may be potential EDCs, too. Many plants were crossbred to create a plant known as lavender, which is very high in estrogenic activity.
Because plants only contain a small amount of lipids, they are very poor in solubility and cannot be broken down into smaller compounds. The process of making pure essential oils is therefore very time consuming, involving multiple steps including steam distillation, solvent extraction and expression. Pure essential oil carriers must also be used correctly, or else the finished product will have a very unpleasant odor. Carrier oil is a fatty liquid, much like petroleum jelly, that allows the essences to float on top of the carrier oil, and therefore it is necessary for the carrier oil to be clear, rather than yellowing or oxidizing. Most of the carrier oils on the market today do not meet these standards.
When using pure essential oils, you need to dilute them correctly to ensure that the individual components do not overwhelm the essential oil. When using them to treat a patient, the patient must also be carefully watched during the process to make sure no irritation occurs. Some people can become allergic to many different chemicals contained in many of the most popular aromatherapy products. If you suffer from allergies or have a history of allergies to prescription medications, you should definitely avoid essential oils. Essential oils can contain hundreds of different chemicals, some of which have been shown to cause or aggravate allergies and health conditions. You should always dilute your essential oil before applying to a skin area.
Another thing to keep in mind is that pure essential oils often contain more than one carrier oil. For example, some oil may be blended with another carrier oil to create a potent oil. This is called flotation which gives the oil its strength and allows it to float on top of the carrier oil. Essential oils can also be diluted with carrier oils that do not have the same properties to create a potent oil.
Generally speaking, there are not too many chemicals used in pure essential oils because the plant extracts used are primarily intended for external use. Plant extracts are not known for their antibacterial, antifungal or insect repellent properties, so many plants are not cultivated for their ability to heal or repel insects. Instead, these chemicals are usually used to create fragrance and color in the oils.
When pure essential oils are vaporized at a high temperature they produce a distinctive aroma called steam distillation. Many companies use steam distillation to create a variety of aromas ranging from fresh lemon to grapefruit to jasmine. Using steam distillation will result in the loss of many of the volatile oils contained in the plant extract. The volatile oils evaporate in the steam and are dispersed throughout the air. Many people consider the aroma of steam distillation to be mild compared to many other aroma techniques such as steam humidifiers or steam bath. The aroma of pure essential oils is therefore very important and will depend on the specific plant used in the extraction.
There are many companies that specialize in the craft of creating pure essential oils. If you are looking for a specific fragrance or want to create your own scent, you may want to consider one of these companies. The process used to create the scent may differ slightly than those used by professional pure essential oils producers. It may also be more expensive than purchasing directly from an organic source. However, the difference in quality and scent can be well worth the extra price.