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Exactly What are Essential Oils?

For a start, the term “essential oil” is a misnomer. They do not contain the fats that are usually a part of anything we class as oil. They are different from the vegetable oils pressed from nuts, olive flesh, and seeds. By definition, and to be a true essential oil, they are extracted by physical means only. These physical methods include distillation or by cold pressing.

There is also a method called solvent extraction. Here, solvents used include petroleum ether, methanol, ethanol, and hexane.  After extraction, the resulting essential oil  should have an extremely low concentration of solvent residue. European Union standards require less than 10 parts per million solvent residues in the finished essential oil. Even with such a small residue (less than .0001%), many aromatherapists  and product manufacturers are uncomfortable with the use of solvent extraction. At Indochine Natural, we will not buy any essential oil unless we have proof of the method of extraction.

Essential oils are not the same as perfume, or fragrance oils. Essential oils are extracted from  plants. Perfume oils are artificially created fragrances or contain artificial substances. These do not offer the therapeutic benefits that essential oils offer. These days, many dishonest traders are offering artificially created fragrances as “essential oils.”



Dr. Mike Thair

Cofounder and Chief Formulator

Indochine Natural Sdn Bhd

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