FAQ

This is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) written by our founder Dr. Nick Berry.

Welcome to the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page! We hope you find many answers to questions you may have, and some you didn’t! Some answers are straight forward and drawn from scientific research, others are reflections based on personal experience.

If we can assist you beyond this, please email support@essentialoilwizardry.com

We hope you enjoy these simplistic answers to varying questions ~ my viewpoint is intended to be hybridized from a child-like viewpoint for your ease of innerstanding. Some of these answers are based on my personal research, experience with plant extracts and years in the field. There may be some reflections that carry esoteric beliefs ~ this is my truest, authentic expression of how I view the plants through a holistic perspective from my wild perception ~

* We may interchange the terms Essential Oil, Absolute, Ultrasonic Extract, CO2 Extract, and/or define these as extracts. *

What other health modalities pair well with Essential Oils?

Essential oils are a lovely companion for many types of holistic healing modalities. Some include massage, counseling sessions for trauma or emotional processing, physical therapy/ sports therapy and rehabilitation, addiction treatment facilities, reiki/ energy work, hospitals, nurse and care, acupuncture, culinary arts, people who work in offices with high-stress environments, CEOs of companies to modulate stress levels, students who desire greater focus, athletes.

Where are the plant materials sourced from?

We primarily source our essential oils at the end of the extraction process, i.e. we buy high-quality, organic and/or wild crafted essential oils from all over the world. For our ultrasonic tinctures, we extract them in-house from the raw plant material.

How are Essential Oils made?

There are various extraction techniques used for extracting the essential oils from plants. We will focus on extensive extraction options which probably account for over 98%+ essential oils on the market at the time of this writing, these are: steam distillation, hydrodistillation, C02 extraction, absolutes, ultrasonic extractions.

Below is a list and description of the various extraction methods.

Extraction Methods

  • Steam Distilled = Traditional essential oils produced using water as a solvent.  Steam distilled water is run through plant material.  The steam rises through the plant material and collects the volatile aromatic essential oils.  Steam distilled essential oils are clean, with a lighter feel and aromatic profile.  Some constituents are changed, damaged or lost through the heating process of distillation.  Typically, significantly higher temperatures than plants experience in nature are used in a steam distillation.
  • CO2 Extract = Full spectrum extracts using carbon dioxide as a solvent.  Very clean extraction method.  Our primary CO2 Extract supplier reports that CO2 Extracts are 2-3x more therapeutically potent than traditional steam distilled essential oils.
  • Cold Pressed = Cold pressed essential oils are produced using stainless steel or stone wheels (traditional methods) to compress plant material.  Typically a delicate heating (ie. 100-120 degrees Fahrenheit) of plant material is used to enhance the yield of extraction. Then the oil is pressed from the plant matter. These extracts are also known as an Expressed oil.
  • Absolute Extracts = Typically non-polar solvent-extracted concentrates.  Absolutes are highly full-spectrum and may deliver the most beautiful bouquet from all extraction methods.  Not typically considered food-grade due to harsh solvent use, though the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) list states several Absolute Extracts as safe for flavor additives (ie. Rose Absolute).  Absolutes are typically higher in cost, take more time / care and are the most common method for extracting delicate flowers to deliver a full spectrum extract.
  • Ultrasonic Extracts = Method discovered several decades ago used to increase the yield of plant extracts.  Douglas Stewart pioneered an Ultrasonic Enhanced, Solvent Extracted Absolute process using his genius to produce exquisite quality Absolutes. Through Douglas guidance, and some equipment I had received from his legacy work, our Ultrasonic Extracts were crafted using Vitalized Distilled Water (restructured, purified) and infused into Organic Craft Spirits to produce exceptional full-spectrum Ultrasonic Tinctures. We are honored to pioneer these into the collective and to continue Douglas Stewart’s legacy! 

What are Solvents?

A solvent is a substance (typically liquid) that is used to remove aromatic / bio-active constituents from plant/source material.  Solvents can include a wide list of solutions so as a consumer with different values, you may choose to ask various questions.

  • Is the solvent non-toxic?
  • How is the effect on the environment short-term / long-term from the use of the solvent?
  • How do I plan to use this product?  (IE. Aromatic Use, Topical Use, Internal)
  • What qualities of the plant do I wish to capture? (Ie. Rich Aromatic Bouquet vs Therapeutic Use)

Below is a simply guide to understand which method uses water, CO2, or solvents

  • Steam Distilled, Hydrodistillation ~ Water
  • In-House Ultrasonic Extractions ~ Water
  • CO2 Extraction ~ Carbon Dioxide
    Absolutes ~ Alcohol / Non-polar solvents / Petrochemicals (ie. Pharmaceutical Grade Toluene, Hexane)

What Essential Oils are good for Digestion?

Consider the following extracts and essential oils:

  • Allspice Berries (CO2)
  • Peppermint
  • Caraway
  • Ginger
  • Mace
  • Nutmeg
  • Fenne
  • Check our our Digestif Tincture (for internal use) and blend (for external use/belly massage)

How do Essential Oils compare to pharmaceuticals? [Blog?]

Pharmaceuticals are typically very powerful agonist / antagonist molecules that have been clinically studied to bind to receptor sites within the body to create physiologic effects. Having single-molecule drug moieties taken with regular usage demonstrates powerful effects on the human body. One challenge with these powerful drug compounds is the commonly understood side effect profile. Creating a strong activity on a subset of receptor sites may disrupt normal physiologic processes which may express itself as commonly known “Side Effects”.

Side effects may be seen as additional pharmacological effects on the body from taking a drug. Oftentimes with extended usage of single-drug moieties, the body experiences a burnout, creating new side effects because the system cannot be naturally regulated. Pharmaceuticals have their place in modern medicine and are very powerful for acute situations.

Nature works in a different way and looks to create balance and coherence. Plants express from tens to thousands of bioactive compounds and are naturally formulated in a harmonious way. This means if a therapeutic molecule expresses strong activity, there is often times an entourage of the plant’s constituents that create a net balance effect.

Disclaimer

** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Essential Oil Wizardry products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products. **

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