Aromatherapy .How to choose an essential oil ?

To start with, what are the methods of obtaining essential oils

main method of producing essential oils - distillation .The material is placed in a container, and then either heated water, or exposed to steam under pressure.Thus there is insulation volatile and insoluble substances.The resulting mixture of essential oil and water vapors are condensed and the oil layer was separated.Thus prepared, for example, essential oils of rose or iris.

cold pressing method of getting the oils of citrus fruit (orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lime).

Extraction selective solvents from the raw materials (jasmine flower, rose, orange, iris roots).This method is used when either the feedstock is very heat sensitive, or when heating is greatly reduced amount of the product obtained.Raw materials for manufacturing oil pour first solvent, which role can act hexane, alcohol or methanol, and then the solvent was distilled off at a certain temperature.This is a complex process by which we obtain high-quality oil.

enfleurage method - oil that evaporates from the flowers is absorbed by the clean, odorless pork or beef fat, which is applied a thin layer on the glass.Of the resulting oil recovered solvent lipstick.It is the most expensive method, and commercially it is not used.

note that people have learned to synthesize scents of jasmine, lavender and many other plants of the substances that do not have any relation to the flora.Moreover, they can cause depression and even create a toxic effect.Therefore, we must be able to choose the essential oil.And, as they say, beware of fakes, because the smell of roses can and phenyl ethyl alcohol.It is better to use natural oils used for aromatherapy.

Please note that essential oils - this is quite an expensive product, the cost of which varies from 9 to 20 y.e. for 10 mL (and in some cases the price several times higher).Do not succumb to the entreaties to buy a cheap product.

When choosing a bottle should be inspected carefully.The inscription on the label "natural and pure product" is considered mandatory: it means that the product is "genuine."If there is an indication on the bottle, this means that the properties do not change the essential oil extraction or by mixing other substances, and pouring into vials after its composition has not changed.

Specifying "natural" on the label is not sufficient: in spite of this instruction, it is possible that other oils may be added to the product.The term "pure" means only that the product was made clean.We should not forget that the chemicals may also be clean.

oil may be diluted.Suitable diluents often act cheaper solvents or chemical substances.For example, the most expensive essential oils - rose - often mimic geranium oil or citronella, and in other cases is diluted by them.Citronella oil is diluted and lemon balm, because their production is too expensive.The label with the natural oil should be, for example, it says: "rose 100% (or lemon balm), a natural oil, pure."It is mandatory and the main criterion for the declaration of essential oil quality -

The label full Latin form should be specified.So, sandalwood can be of varying quality.It is important to its botanical designation.For example, Santalum album means "white sandalwood", native to eastern India.But there is also an aromatic essence of red sandalwood, which has a relatively poorer healing properties.

How to determine whether the culture from which the oil is produced, environmentally friendly?The inscription "biologically clean, which took control culture" means that during the growth of the plants do not use synthetic fertilizers and means of protection against pests.Products with this designation can be recommended for ingestion, inhalation, and also for preparation of massage oils and other skin care products.

The label flawless product must be specified method of its production because of its quality depends on this.

To avoid confusion and to distinguish the essential oil of the drug on the label of quality products should be the appropriate label, for example: "For the fragrance".This indication is necessary because the use of the drug "diversion" is fraught with certain dangers.

essential high quality oil manufacturer on the label indicates the additional information about the products reliability, to eliminate the possibility of damage to health if improperly applying it, or in violation of rules of storage.