Essential Oils and Cleaning Products

by Sunrise Cleaning on January 11, 2012

Thieves Cleaning solution is produced using essential oils of Cinnamon, Clove,  Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lemon. What goes into making the products we use? Read more below about how our essential oils are produced from Emma Schubert.

“It often requires several hundred or even thousands of pounds of raw plant material to produce a single pound of essential oil. For example, it can take 2 – 3 tons of melissa plant material to produce one pound of melissa essential oil. Its extremely low yield explains why it sells for $9,000 to $15,000 per kilo.

Likewise, it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce approximately one pint of rose oil. It is not difficult to understand why this quality of essential oil is expensive.

The vast majority of oils are produced for the perfume industry, which is only interested in their aromatic qualities, rather than the plants therapeutic benefits.

High pressure, high temperatures, and the use of chemical solvents are used in the distillation process for the perfume industry to produce greater quantities of oil in a shorter time. Some of those solvents are: hexane, di-methylene chloride, and acetone.

To most people, these oils carry a pleasant aroma, but they lack true therapeutic properties. Many of the important chemical constituents necessary to produce therapeutic results are either flashed off with the high heat or are not released from the plant material.

In addition to poor distillation processing an essential oil can be further ruined by being adulterated and diluted down with any number of other substances. While this may be terrific for company profits, it’s horrible for consumer use because those chemicals are absorbed through the skin and through inhalation.

The temperature and pressure levels during steam distillation can enhance or destroy the beneficial healing properties of the essential oil. The operator of the distiller must have a full understanding of the value of essential oils in order to produce quality essential oils. If the pressure or temperature is too high, it may change the molecular structure of the fragrance molecule, altering the chemical constituents. For example, the distilling process for lavender should not exceed three pounds of pressure, and the temperature should not exceed 245° F.

We are indeed fortunate to have superior essential oils from Young Living!”

Sincerely, Emma Schubert

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