What Are Essential Oils?

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Over the last couple of years, the essential oil businesses have started to boom. Many consumers of essential oils are claiming that these oils offer a wide range of benefits: from cleaning houses, to healing infections, to helping people get a better night’s sleep. Essential oils can be consumed in a number of ways. While some people like to rub them directly on to their skin, others like to place the oil into a jar with diffuser sticks so the whole room will start to smell like the oil. Others like to spray the oils, others simply place the jar under their nose so they can smell them.

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Essential oils are created from collecting the “natural oils” from various kinds of plants. Each plant’s oils will offer a different remedy depending on what a consumer is looking for.

How Are Essential Oils Created?

While there are various methods that different companies use to acquire the essential oils, many companies have begun utilizing the process of carbon dioxide oil extraction. For the essential oils to be extracted, carbon dioxide must be put under intense pressure. When this happens, it turns into a liquid. The liquid is then inserted into whatever plant is going to be used to create the essential oil. The liquid of the carbon dioxide is pushed through the plant, and then the natural oils of the plant are pushed out along with it.

As the pressure starts to decrease, the carbon dioxide returns to its state as a gas, leaving only the essential oils behind. Many essential oil extraction companies, like Apeks, create their essential oils in this way.

Why Use Carbon Dioxide Essential Oil Extraction?
The popularity of using carbon dioxide in the process for retrieving essential oils has recently been booming in popularity. A large part of this is due to the non-invasive nature of the process. Oftentimes, once the process has been completed, the leftover plant material will look the same as it did before the extraction process began.

The process of using carbon dioxide is also known to be a purer method because other extraction processes can leave behind a residue. This means that companies will have to use more steps to remove the material- such as propane or alcohol- unlike the carbon dioxide which evaporates.

Consumers also benefit from this process because more of the natural qualities of the plant make it into the final product of their essential oils. Other processes can destroy some of the natural healing attributes that come from the plant, but due to the non-invasive process of the carbon dioxide, the consumer receives all of the benefits from their essential oil.

Many companies that use the carbon dioxide process to create their essential oils also have a smaller carbon footprint. Some of these companies will use the carbon dioxide as a leftover product from other manufacturing items. Instead of wasting their carbon dioxide, if they use it in the essential oil extraction process then it will not have a negative effect on the atmosphere.

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