Extraction Methods to produce the essential oils

There are various ways to extract the oil, below we look at some of those options.

⇿ By pressing ,used in extracting oil from peels (Lemon Essential Oil)

⇿ Distillation in the stream of water. In the ratio of 1:4 the raw material is distilled in a water vapour , the volatile oils are then transmitted through the pipes under pressure of heating water. The distillation process is the most commonly used to produce the essential oils to date.

⇿ Extraction with solvents, such as petroleum, benzene, acetone, toluene. Such method is particularly used to produce oil from flowers, for example rose, acacia, which are dissolved under high temperatures in the solvent. This method is very expensive and takes a lot of time to produce.

⇿ By maceration or extraction from concentrated solutions.

Cold pressed vs Expeller pressed
Cold pressed oil is produced without using a heat, and therefore retains its nutrients, the oil remain in solid state under 120F as with virgin coconut oil.
Expeller pressed oil produced by application of pressing machine in combination with heat and steam.

Virgin or Extra pressing method
Fresh raw ingredients are pressed with a machine with a little heat used to "dry" it and squeeze the oil. Alternatively, the "wet" method is used by pressing the fresh coconut to produce both milk and oil. The oil is separated from the oil either by fermentation, enzymes or centrifuge machine.

Refined oil
The copra machine is used to press the dry raw material and the oil produced is treated by heat or steam to eliminate the bacteria and in other words "bleaches" the oil.Such oil is odourless and flavourless.

What you need to know before applying the oils to the skin.
Choosing the oil,that is certified is an important matter, although we as consumers do not see the safety certificate.which every cosmetics brand must comply with, we might look for the different signs:
Can you read on the label how the oil has been produced, ie distillation
How the oil is being stored, the best practice is dark and air tight container, that keep any sun exposure to none;
Generally oil has  a shelf life of two years, if used by date 6-8 months - it might be a lower grade oil, the shorter product life is usually for citrus oils, such as lemon , orange due to unstable components)

Applying to skin
We highly recommend to ensure that you read the label contains before applying the oils for any potential allergies , as this can be individual. We also recommend further to use  a test method by applying a small amount of oil on the wrist or back of a hand before application and leaving for 24-48 hours to ensure there is no adverse reaction.
We do not recommend using any essential oils for anyone younger than 18 years old, as well as we do not recommend using for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

We hope that you found this content useful and we are wishing you a safe use of these wonderful natural products,that can truly rejuvenate and replenish our skin complexion.

Why not to view a video we selected about making of essential oil