Not All Oils Are Made Equal… Or The Same Way!


Not all methods of extraction produce a safe and therapeutic essential oil. The first two methods, steam distillation and cold pressed (expressed) are used to extract most of the essential oils used by most aromatherapy practitioners. Within both of these methods there are techniques and procedures that are particular to the extraction of the essential oils being harvested. Solvent extraction is used in obtaining natural essences which are used like essential oils but the name of end product is an ‘absolute’. Absolutes are used in aromatherapy, in my experience, for aesthetic therapies, since absolutes are primarily floral. Some flowers rendered as ‘absolutes’ are; Rose, Jasmine, Neroli and Vanilla. The only solvent acceptable for aromatherapy would be a grain alcohol.

Alchemista Aromatherapy Sanctuary

6955 North Oracle Road,

Tucson, AZ 85704

Phone. 520-867-6501