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Articles Relating to Essential Oil Extractions by Distillique

All articles related to Extractions - from understanding the concepts of Essential Oils, Hydrosols, Concentrates, etc. to understanding their uses and applications. Learn about the different Extraction Techniques, from Essential Oil Distillation, Soxhlet Extraction, Butane Extraction, etc. etc.

Why are there different techniques used for Essential Oils?

Essential Oils, and their characteristics, are as varied as the plants that provide them. As such, some of these compounds react differently to the same set up circumstances. One example of this thermo sensitivity - where certain compounds might break down or denature with the application of heat energy, rendering them useless. We therefore have to experiment with different Extraction Techniques in order to see which method works best.

Is Essential Oil Extraction Legal?

The Extraction of Essential Oils and other compounds in some way, shape or form is as old as human existence. It is basically Homeopathy - healing by nature. Over the centuries the uses has obviously expanded into perfumes, cosmetics and other fields as well, but at its very core it is a natural and traditional process that people wittingly or unwittingly make use of every day. It is non regulated and completely legal. However ... the materials used - the actual botanicals - may be regulated.

Cannabis Oil for instance, is a hot topic around the world and in South Africa specifically. With recent changes in regulations and legislation, a lot is currently up in the air, and people can easily and unintentionally break the law. We will be looking at this topic in-depth through our articles.

  • Essential Oil Extraction through Steam Distillation

    Essential Oil Extraction through Steam Distillation

      Essential oils Essential oils are aromatic oils originating from various parts of the plant, such as the flowers, roots, leaves and stems. They have been known not only for their aromatic contribution to various cosmetic products, but also for their medicinal properties. How do I extract these oils? There are numerous methods used for the extraction of essential oils such as Hydro distillation...
  • Essential Oil Extraction through Distillation

    Essential Oil Extraction through Distillation

    Essential oils are a hot topic these days, and we get a lot of inquiries as to the extraction of essential oils through distillation. What are the most common forms of Essential Oil Extraction? Essential oils can be extracted via two key methods: Distillation (includes hydro-distillation) and Expression. Several other methods also exist, but Distillation and Expression remains the two predominant ones. The History...
  • Soxhlet Extractors - Leaving No Aroma Behind

    Soxhlet Extractors - Leaving No Aroma Behind

    Soxhlet extraction was initially developed by Franz Ritter von Soxhlet, to extract lipids from milk solids. It has far broader contemporary uses, however, including in the biochemistry, food, and oil industries. The Soxhlet extractor is designed for exhaustive solvent extraction – the extraction of as much soluble material as possible from a sample. The Benefit of Soxhlet Extraction Only a small amount of solvent...
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