WHAT IS ESSENTIAL OIL?
Essential oil is a concentrated extract of plant material. This extract is popularized today by clean living products such as soap, candles, moisturizers and even household cleaners often due to the strong aroma or the chemical makeup of the extract associated with the plant it came from.
The term ‘essential oil’ is a slight misnomer. In fact, these ‘oils’ aren’t oils at all… only lipids with a fatty acid content such as avocado oil, olive oil etc. can truly be considered ‘oil’ whereas essential oils are much more volatile making them more closely related in texture to substances like grain alcohols. Consistent exposure to light, heat or
oxygen will quickly break this substance and its usable constituents down.
HOW DO WE GET THEM?
Essential oils can be extracted from different parts of the plant like its leaves, bark, peel, roots, flowers, seeds or stems, many plants harbor certain chemicals, or essential oils in different parts of each plant that require different extract methods.
THE DIFFERENT EXTRACTION METHODS
Primary methods of extract are steam distillation, mechanical cold pressing and solvent extraction.
Steam distillation is the most Popular method of extract as it proves most effective to many species of plant life as well as the many different parts of the plant. The plant material is gently heated and the extract is collected via a distillation process not that much different than what is required to produce spirits.
Mechanical cold pressing is often used in extracting from citrus peels such as our Peruvian key lime, Calabrian bergamot and Brazilian tangerine oils. The peels are Gathered fresh and pressed with mechanical pressure well over 3000 psi at room temperature. The result is an unadulterated collection of the essential oil in the fruit rind.
Solvent extraction is the use of a solvent or gas to extract the oils and keep the constituents intact. Gas is typically heated to the plant’s biological temperature then forced through a chamber containing the plant material leaving behind the desired essential oils and allowing the gas to dissolve.
- Citrus essential oils will often expire even when kept in prime condition, within 3-5 years from the time it was bottled. Many other essential oils will retain it’s usefulness for a decade or slightly longer.
- You can keep your essential oils in prime shape by storing them in an airtight bottle in a dark, cool place like a kitchen drawer. Anything to mitigate light, heat and oxygen for extended periods will suffice.
WHERE DOES BOMBASH GET THEIR ESSENTIAL OIL SUPPLY?
Each of our hand-picked EO’s are responsibly sourced from over 26 countries around the globe.
The process begins by learning everything we must about the individual plant, its uses and chemical profile. then turn our attention to the countries where it grows indigenous to obtain the best and most untainted constituent profile. Once we find a reputable source with a history of growing and extracting, and verify its purity, it’s only a short matter of time until we bottle and bring that part of the world into your home.
*Each of our Eo’s are NAHA certified ensuring the highest quality and most unadulterated substance known.*