As an expert in aromatherapy for over 20 years, MythsCeucitcals has used the most wonderful essential oils from provence to make its selections range.
Grown in a region where aromatic plants bloom with total respect for Nature's cycles, MythsCeucitcals essential oils are 100% pure and natural. The plants are harvested and distilled in provence and subjected to numerous tests to give you a guarantee of impeccable quality.
ABOUT OUR MYTHSCEUTICALS ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils are the treasures lying at the heart of plants!
Made from steam distillation of aromatic plants or cold pressing of citrus zest (essences), MythsCeucitcals essential oils are botanically and biologically defined.
Diffusion: for their fragrance and the well-being they bring to your home, you can diffuse them with a fragrance diffuser or a perfume heater.
Bath, Massage, Aromatherapy: essential oils can be used for their precious therapeutic properties, on your practitioner’s advice.
Types of essential oil production :
Most of the essential oils are produced by steam distillation, The standard method for the production of citrus essential oils is cold pressing.
The usual method for the production of oils from very fragrant flower plants like Jasmine, Tuberose, Champaca etc. is extraction.
Unfortunately, the distiller or producer is often more concerned with profit than with the correct treatment of the plants. High steam pressure and quick distillation are more cost-effective, but rarely create a fine and precious product. This is why farmers distill their plants very carefully with the slower method of low pressure steam distillation.
Many plants require a longer time to distill in order to extract the entire spectrum from “head to tail” of active substances (i.e. the slow boiling sesquiterpenes) in the essential oil.
For this reason these slow low pressure methods yield a richer, therapeutically more effective essential oil.
Very often questionable techniques are used to extract essential oils, like the dangerous extraction of black birch or cedar oils through heating
(“pyrogénation”). Other methods like the use of poisonous chemical solvents, methylchlorine or benzene, for example, bring excellent volume, but there is a danger that carcinogenic substances or chemical poisons leech into the oil. Fortunatly, the use of benzene for the production of aromatic absolute has been banned years ago by the aroma industry.
Other methods are vacuum distillation or molecular distillation. These methods are used to filter certain compounds from essential oils or to eliminate these before they appear in the end product. Some of these methods reduce the boiling point of the essences in the plants by using high pressure and no steam to extract their aromatic components. These processes enable certain fragrances to be selectively emphasized in the end product.
Hydrodiffusion is another variation of steam distillation. The steam is injected from the top of the still instead of being induced from the bottom. The distillation time is shorter and the process often allows for a better penetration of the steam into the plant material. Hydrodiffused oils sometimes tend to have a slightly subtler note.
C02 extraction uses carbon dioxide to extract the aromatic substances from the plants. This method allows a low “cold” treatment of the plants because the oil can be extracted at temperatures of about 30 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). In many cases the end result is a very subtle, “round” aroma, particularly suitable for the flavour industry. However, the energy of these oils mostly does not show the same results as found in distilled products.
Enfleurage could be compared to certain aspects employed in maceration, but is done in a slightly different way. Glass plates in a frame (called a chassis) are covered with highly purified and odorless vegetable or animal fat and the petals of the botanical matter that are being extracted are spread across it and pressed in. The flowers are normally freshly picked before so encased in their fatty bed.
The petals remain in this greasy compound for a few days to allow the essence to disperse into the compound, where the then depleted petals are removed and replaced with a fresh harvest of petals. This process is repeated until the greasy mix is saturated with the essence, and needs to be repeated a couple of times until saturation is achieved. When the mix has reached saturation point the flowers are removed and the enfleurage pomade - the fat and fragrant oil - then washed with alcohol to separate the extract from the remaining fat, which is then used to make soap.
As soon as the alcohol evaporates from the mixture you are left with the essential oils. This is a very labor-intensive way of extraction, and needless to say a very costly way to obtain essential oil and is nowadays only sometimes used to extract essential oil from tuberoses and jasmine.
PASSION TO ESSENTIAL OIL
- Every essence has its virtue, and every flower has a soul. Those who know how to look, and who know how to respect natures cycles and people, find the true treasures
that lie at the heart of all plants, namely the essential oils.
- Whether in pure form or blended in exclusive compounds, we makes the most of the virtues of organic essential oils to create products that restore the natural harmony of the body and mind.
- Essential oils are the essence of plant life. Each plant has its own scent profile, that is, its individual character and its particular healing power. Plants containing essential oils store the forces of accumulated sin energy - life energy which is basically joy of life – in a highly concentrated form. Dealing with essential oils therefore means drawing on a rich source of natural vitality.
- As essential oils gain greater acceptance for their therapeutic value in daily life, a growing number of people are expressing concern about the purity and quality of the essential oils available on the market.
- Until recently essential oils have primarily been used in industry for perfuming, detergents and for flavouring (aromatics). Their use as raw material for fragrancing and the need to reduce costs have compelled many manufacturers as well as exporters to dilute or adulterate essential oils.
-The lack of reliable information regarding the origin and purity of essential oils leads to an uncertainty in the market.
- Many people, motivated by their research for alternative medicine and aromatherapy, are being introduced to essential oils for the first time. Some do not yet have the ability to determine quality. They usually buy their oils from the industry which often is not supplying fully natural, unadulterated products.
- In order to reduce expenses the perfume and cosmetic industry has synthesized a number of plant derivates. Many of the chemical substances from petrochemical
derivates only reproduce the fragrances, but not the medicinal effects found in natural essential oils. Because they isolate only the chemically active ingredients of the plant, synthetic substances only produce a chemical effect. But the pure essential oil is an expression of the whole plant and, as one would expect, produces a holistic effect.
- Ideally, essential oils for therapeutic application should stem from chemical-free unpolluted areas of cultivation (certified organic, traditional, wild crafted plants). We feel that this is the way true aromatherapy should be dealt with, so that the customer receives the optimum benefit from his choice. For the sake of transparency and in order to facilitate the identification and aromatherapeutic usage essential oils should be defined with regards to below :
* exact botanical name
* country of origin
* part of plant used for distillation
* mode of cultivation
* major compounds
- Essential oils should not be denatured, adulterated or mixed as such with other oils.
The careful selection of suppliers, if possible through direct sourcing, and continued laboratory testing guarantees that essential oils are 100% pure.
A good aromatherapy company has no other choice than to build a close relationship with farmers in many countries who cultivate healing plants organically. As a result
such company can offer an extensive resource of a rich variety of untreated essential oils. Through personal contact with the farmers one knows that they practice methods of cultivation which are in accordance with the natural laws of the land and utilize
methods of distillation which do not damage the pure essences from the plants.
- For all therapeutical essential oils and synergies the following points are valid:
a) Distilled essential oils should ideally be derived by low or medium pressure steam distillation without use of chemical solvents.
b) All oils should be unadulterated 100% pure natural products - no chemical additives, diluting with alcohol or thinning with other oils should occur, unless necessary for certain purposes (i.e. access to the product because too solid, creation of new products...)
c) Essential oils should not be peroxidized, decolorized, nor deturpenated.
d) The chemical profile or "chemotype", of the essential oil's major active substances should be indicated, along with the plant part used for distillation, the cultivation method and the biological name.
e) Careful testing for purity using gas chromatography and - if necessary - mass spectrography should be practiced regularly.