Essential Oil Extractions
Essential oils are used extensively in aromatherapy and various traditional medicines. Due to the numerous health benefits of essential oils, they are increasingly being explored by the scientific community for the treatment of a variety of diseases including cancer, HIV, asthma, bronchitis, heart strokes, and many more.
There are more than 90 essential oils, and each has its own health benefits. Most essential oils blend well with other essential oils in terms of function and odour, which allows herbalists to prepare a vast repertoire of aromatic essential oil combinations.
Essential oils can be extracted via two key methods: Distillation (includes hydro distillation) and Expression.
Absolutes, the other hand, can be extracted via Solvent extraction or Enfleurage, although Enfleurage is rarely performed in the modern day.
Another type of aromatic product available on the market are CO2 extracts, referred to simply as that, CO2 extracts. They differ in chemistry from their related distilled essential oils but are becoming increasing available on the market.
Oil can be extracted from fruits, vegtables, leaves and spieces. Types of extraction processes are
- Water Distillation
- Water and Steam
- Steam Distillation
- Note on Boiling Point
- Percolation or Hydro-diffusion
- Hydrosols: A By-product of Distillation
- Solvent Extraction
- CO2 Hypercritical Extraction
Accelor has the expertise to install both batch and continuous extraction plants for
- Lemon grass
- Black pepper
- Sandal wood
- Tea tree