Apr 162015
 

What is Orange Essential Oil? Orange Essential Oil is cold-press extracted from the peel of an orange fruit Citrus sinensis, a native plant of China. It also grows in warm Mediterranean climates, such as France, Italy, Spain, California, Florida and Brazil. Orange Essential Oil is of a thin, almost watery consistency, has yellow and orange color, and a bit of a greenish one as well. The scent is that of a citrus, fruity, sweet, uplifting and fresh. Its shelf life is approximately 6 months. Compounds in Orange Essential Oil are Alpha Pinene, Citronellal, Geranial, Sabinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool and Neral. The main compound is a terpene called Limonene (around 90%).  Limonene gives the orange fruit its recognizable orange citrus scent. […]

Orange Essential Oil
Mar 312015
 

What is Tea Tree Oil? Tree Tree Oil is is steam distilled from leaves of the Australian native plant called Melaleuca alternifolia. Its color is pale yellow. The scent is camphor-like, strong, fresh and manly. Tea Tree leaves have been used for traditional medicinal purposes for thousands of years; indigenous people have been using the plant for treatment of cold, cough and wounds. Tea Tree Oil contains, among others, Alpha Terpinene, Alpha TerpineolGamma Terpinene, Terpinolene, Terpinenol and Alpha Terpineol. Terpinen-4-ol is the main and major component of the Tea Tree Oil which gives it potent anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Why use Tea Tree Oil? Tea Tree Oil is an inexpensive and widely used essential oil. It has an incredibly […]

Tea Tree Oil
Feb 122015
 

Roses. Love, beauty, happiness, romance, femininity, sensuality, poetry. Perfume. The most famous of them all, rose is the queen of the flowers. And if rose is the queen among the flowers, then Rose oil is, without a doubt, the queen (king?) among essential oils and cosmetic ingredients in general. The cost of Rosa damascena essential oil corresponds with its royal place it has among cosmetic ingredients – being one of the most expensive ones there are. Readers of Nature of Europe might have noticed my professed love for Rose oil as a cosmetic ingredient. I purposely search for natural organic beauty products containing Rose oil – due to its excellent skin-beneficial properties as well as due to love of its […]

Rose Oil: The Beauty of Roses and Roses in Beauty
Feb 172014
 

What are essential oils? Essential oils are the main component in aromatherapy. Extracted, usually via steam distillation, expression or solvent extraction, from various parts of plants: flowers, leaves, fruits, spices,resins, roots, etc. Essential oils have been in use for thousands of years. Oils are essential due to their distinctive scent/essence of a plant. 1. Orange 2. Lemon 3. Chamomile 4. Tea Tree 5. Patchouli 6. Lemongrass 7. Lavender 8. Damask Rose Steam distillation of essential oils Essential oils are extracted via steam distillation, expression or solvent extraction from various parts of plants: flowers, leaves, fruits, spices,resins, roots, etc. Today, most common essential oils — such as lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus — are distilled. Raw plant material, consisting of the flowers, […]

Essential Oils
Feb 132014
 

What are hydrolates? 1. Rose Hydrolate 2. Chamomile Hydrolate 3. Geranium Hydrolate 4. Lavender Hydrolate 5. Tea Tree Hydrolate 6. Witch Hazel Hydrolate 7. Peppermint Hydrolate 8. Orange Hydrolate Hydrolates (also known as hydrosols, flower waters, herbal waters, essential waters and herbal distillates) are are aqueous solutions or colloidal suspensions of essential oils usually obtained by steam distillation from aromatic plants. Once considered a by-product of essential oils production, but due to their excellent properties are now considered an important co-product, used in aromatherapy, cosmetics, as well as in culinary as flavorings. Production of hydrolates 1. Chamomile 2. Orange 3. Damask Rose 4. Tea Tree 5. Lavender Hydrosols are produced in the same manner as essential oils – via steam […]

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