How are essential oils made?
There are a few different methods and techniques of extracting essential oils out of the raw plant materials and I’ll talk about the popular ones. The most common way of process essential oils is through the steam distillation process. Essential oils are extracted from the raw plant material, which consists of the flowers, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds, or peel. The pant materials are freshly picked for the steam distillation process. To extract the oil out of the plant material it’s done gently, slowly and skilfully. The pressure and temperature of the distillation needs to be controlled. If not done correctly could result in oxidation and being destroyed.
Essential oils are comprised of only 3 elements: carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. To start the process the plant materials sit on top of the distillery (suspended above). As the water boils at the controlled temperature and pressures, steam passes through the plant material. As the result realising essential oils into the water to be captured. The water and essential oils can’t mix together. They both become separated as oil rises to the top and collected once cooled. That’s the steam distillation proceeds of extracting essential oils. The temperature used for steam distilling is approximately between 140 – 210 degrees Fahrenheit. Different plant materials will need different temperatures, pressures and time to complete their process.
The second most common method of extracting essential oils is called Expression also known as (“cold pressed”). Unlike steam distillation heat is not used. The oil is extracted under mechanical pressure. and squeezed out of the plant material. Most plant materials used in the expression processes are Citrus plants such as Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit and Bergamont from the peel (rind). Again this process requires skilled techniques to press out the oils. Poor distillation process can result in destroying the aromatic compounds.
Choosing a Brand of Essential Oil
When choosing a brand of essential oil do so carefully. You want the best product on the market for you and your family. Meaning the purest, safest, natural and therapeutic grade out there. Rest assure that doTERRA essential oils are all that! Each oil is carefully tested using the CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade).They are a superior quality and are naturally safe. You’ll know from the first moment you open a bottle of doTERRA and smell the difference in strength, they are second to none. They have lots of oils to choose from and remember QUALITY is what you get. Fall in love with doTERRA essential oils just as I and many others around the world you’ll be thanking me later 🙂