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ESSENTIAL OILS

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile (defined as "the tendency of a substance to vaporise") aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. 

 

An oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. The term essential used here does not mean indispensable as with the terms essential amino acid or essential fatty acid which are so called since they are nutritionally required by a given living organisms. In contrast to fatty oils, essential oils evaporate completely without leaving a stain (residue) when dabbed onto filter paper.

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About Essential Oil:

Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. Other processes include expression, solvent extraction, absolute oil extraction, resin tapping, and cold pressing. They are used in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and other products, for flavouring food and drink, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products.

 

Essential oils are often used for aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine in which healing effects are ascribed to aromatic compounds. Aromatherapy may be useful to induce relaxation.

Distillation

Most common essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, tea tree oil, patchouli, and eucalyptus are distilled. 

Expression

Most citrus peel oils are expressed mechanically or cold-pressed.

 

Solvent Extraction

Most flowers contain too little volatile oil to undergo expression, but their chemical components are too delicate and easily denatured by the high heat used in steam distillation. Instead, a solvent such as hexane or supercritical carbon dioxide is used to extract the oils. 

Supercritical carbon dioxide is used as a solvent in supercritical fluid extraction. This method can avoid petrochemical residues in the product and the loss of some "top notes" when steam distillation is used. It does not yield an absolute directly. The supercritical carbon dioxide will extract both the waxes and the essential oils that make up the concrete. Subsequent processing with liquid carbon dioxide, achieved in the same extractor by merely lowering the extraction temperature, will separate the waxes from the essential oils. This lower temperature process prevents the decomposition and denaturing of compounds. When the extraction is complete, the pressure is reduced to ambient and the carbon dioxide reverts to a gas, leaving no residue. At E i Naturals we have the following Oils to offer to our esteemed clientele.

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Ajwain Oil

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Black Pepper Oil

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Cinnamon Bark Oil

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Clove Oil

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Evening Primrose Oil

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Garlic Oil

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Lavender Oil

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Neem Oil

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Almond Oil

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Cardamom Oil

Citriodora Oil

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Coriander Oil

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Fennel Seeds Oil

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Ginger Oil

Magnified Grass

Lemon Grass Oil

Orange Oil

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Patchouli Oil

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Star Anise Oil

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Rosemary Oil

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Virgin Coconut Oil

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Bergamot Oil

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Cedar Wood Oil

Citronella Oil

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Cumin Seeds Oil

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Frankincense Oil

Basil Leaves

Holy Basil Oil

Lemon Tree

Lemon Oil

Wet grass

Palmarosa Oil

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Spearmint Oil

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Ylang-Ylang Oil

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