Steam-distilled Essential Oils by SNAANA are 100% pure which you can eat, heal or apply. Click on read more to know about our distillation method, ingredients and promises to our customers.
The traditional way of getting essential oil from plants material is steam distillation. It is one of the best methods to date and has been in use for centuries.
During distillation, the plant material like leaves, petals, stems, roots etc are exposed to steam that releases the volatile essential oil that the plant material has. The essential oil evaporates at the temperature close to that of water, therefore, The steam laden with essential oil rises and cooled with an external cooling effect to turn steam into droplets of water similar to rain process. The droplets of water and oil are collected in a glass jar. Oil being lighter than water floats on water and is separated. The collected oil is an essential oil.
With various mechanisations these days, there are many ways to extract essential oils using solvent – extraction, Co2 Compression and even synthetically mimicked in the lab. They all give a set defined fragrance and bear the name of being natural which is false.
Steam distilled essential oils are very expensive because of low- yield and limited stability. But these pure oils are very nutrient-rich and therefore highly therapeutic.
If the herb is edible then its steam distilled essential oil too is EDIBLE. While buying the essential oil – always look for steam-distilled plus EDIBLE essential oil. Beware of essential oils which are labeled – "For external use only", "For cosmetic use only" as these are synthetically mimicked in the lab and carry only the aroma with no therapeutic value.
SNAANA wants to drag your attention to the fact that we are still living in a legal framework that was adopted in British times and has not been amended at the pace synthetics/chemicals have come into use in skin care. Import, manufacture, distribution and sale of skin care/ beauty products are regulated by Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940 and this law till date has not given a definite and uniform definition for usage of words on labels like natural and organic which is big-time responsible for misleading the consumers.
That is why what is packed in a bottle or jar in the name of natural, organic, ayurvedic is often not what it claims. Synthetic provide comfort and convenience to manufacturers in terms of making product cost effective and extending the shelf life but they harm our bodies. This is because we have never thought that these chemicals can make cause problems like migraine, cancer, hormonal disorders etc and much more in our bodies.