Essential oils are the plants fragrant components, containing more than 100 different chemical ingredients. All essential oils are highly concentrated substances.
Essential oils are highly volatile and evaporate easily.
Essential oils are not really oils. The are not greasy. Essential oils do not dissolve in water, but mix well with vegetable (base) oil.
Essential oils are located in different parts of the plant, as fruit peel (oranges), leaves (eucalyptus), berries (juniper), flowering tops (lavender), petals (jasmine), resins (frankincense) and wood (rose wood).
Plants store essential oil in external secretory structures on the surface of the plant (as lavender, peppermint, rosemary), or internal secretory structures inside the plant material (lemon, fennel, juniper, eucalyptus).
Microscopic representation of essential oil molecules
Essential oil’s properties
Essential oils play very different roles for the plants: to attract insects and animals for pollination, or to protect from being eaten by animals, as well as to protect from the degradation by microorganisms. Essential oils may protect plants from UV rays, and are important in several physiological processes.
Many essential oils have antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Almost all essential oils have different healing/therapeutic properties.
Essential oil enter the lungs whilst breathing and may be absorbed by the skin due to the tiny molecules, entering the bloodstream of the body.
Essential oils are highly concentrated, therefore a beneficial effect is creating by very small quantities of essential oils.
Being inhaled by the nose, essential oils reach the limbic system of the brain, which is directly connected to the parts of the brain that have many physical processes as breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, hormone balance, stress level and more.
Therefore essential oils are very popular in complementary therapies.
Essential oils for therapeutic purposes
According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) definition in their Vocabulary of Natural Materials (ISO/D1S9235.2) essential oil as a product is made by distillation with either water or steam or by mechanical processing of citrus rinds (cold pressing) or by dry distillation of natural materials.
According to the definition true essential oils must be physically separated from the raw materials. The physical methods commonly used are distillation or extraction (also known as cold pressing, for citrus like lemons and oranges).
Vivasan Quality Assurance Program
The effectiveness of aromatherapy and therapeutic treatments with essential oils are directly dependent on the quality of the essential oils used. Vivasan provides essential oils of a professional quality. To fully guarantee the authenticity of essential oil that we provide, Vivasan undertakes an extensive range of quality assurance procedures. Vivasan essential oils are produced following the GMP criteria (Good Manufacturing Practices). Vivasan essential oil matches ISO (International Standards Organization).
The high quality of Vivasan essential oils is verified independently by Swissmedic – Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products, which make Vivasan essential oils completely unique and assures you of our commitment to real quality.
The main guarantee of the effectiveness of the aromatherapy depends on the quality of the essential oils.
The quality of an essential oil depends on numerous criteria. Vivasan has full control of the whole production line.
Only pure organic raw materials is used. The raw materials come from the production of oils from Vivasan’s own plantations or directly from trusted and experienced growers.
Vivasan choose mostly historical regions with growing tradition to harvest the plants. Numerous factors are taken into consideration as the quality of the plant material (exact botanical species), the soil (texture), growth condition, harvesting experience, and more.
Vivasan uses gentle distillation with optimization of the process, controlling the charge of the distillation furnace, using mainly low temperature and pressure ratio, optimal duration of the distillation and selection of the distillation zone without extractant.
Those oils which are not possible to produce by distillation, as lemon and orange oil, are produced by cold pressing of the organic grown peel. Jasmine oil is produced by a cold-fat extraction process.
All essential oils of Vivasan are fully analysed for purity, using state-of-the-art GC/MS technology.
Vivasan essential oils are packaged in a temperature controlled environment according to GMP standards which includes: the batch number is on every bottle, the proper country of origin is stated, exact Latin botanical name is stated.
The total quality assurance program of the essential oils of Vivasan corresponds the true practice of aromatherapy and for therapeutic purpose.