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 […]

Hydrolates (hydrosols/flower waters)
Feb 102014
 

What are body butters? Body butters are solid or semi-solid in their consistency ingredients. They are produced via extraction of various parts of the plants: seeds, trees and roots. Body butters have been used for centuries, all over the world, due to their nourishing properties. They are widely used in cosmetic products, as well as in culinary. Extraction of body butters Body butters are extracted from various parts of the plants, usually by crushing and boiling the parts in water. The extracted body butters then rise to the surface, where they are scooped and left to cool off. No chemicals may be added to the body butters (in order to remain natural). They are best when they remain raw, unrefined. […]

Body Butters
Feb 062014
 

What are carrier oils/vegetable oils? Carrier oils/vegetable are lipids (naturally occurring molecules such as fats, waxes and Vitamins A, D, E and K) derived from plants. They are chemically composed of triglycerides (an ester, derived from three fatty acids and glycerol). Carrier oils/vegetable oils are derived from various parts of plants; mainly and mostly from seeds, but also from nuts, kernels and flesh. They are lipids (naturally occurring molecules such as fats, waxes and Vitamins A, D, E and K) derived from plants. They are chemically composed of triglycerides (an ester, derived from three fatty acids and glycerol). Carrier oils/vegetable oils are derived from various parts of plants; mainly and mostly from seeds, but also from nuts, kernels and flesh. […]

Carrier Oils /Vegetable oils
Feb 042014
 

What is Aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is a practice of using natural oils, extracted from various parts of plants: bark, flowers, leaves, roots, stems. These natural oils, whether essential oils, carrier oils, absolutes, hydrolates, are then, alone or in various combinations with each other, used as enhancers of both psychological and physical well being. Natural oils are used in skin care products, body care products (massage), fragrance and products used in our homes (diffusers, air-sprays, …). Essential Oils in Aromatherapy By far, the most used natural oils in aromatherapy are essential oils. Extracted, usually via steam distillation, from various parts of plants, they have been in use for thousands of years. Essential oils are used in skin care products due to their […]

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