Most essential oils are obtained by low-pressure steam distillation. To obtain a quality essential oil, rigorous procedures must be followed to extract the quintessence of the plant without altering it. There are other methods for obtaining the essence such as the use of solvents. The essences obtained with these procedures are much cheaper but we consider that they are not suitable for use for therapeutic purposes.

A therapeutic quality essential oil must respond categorically numerous quality criteria,,es,Botany certification,,es,Indicate gender,,es,species,,es,subspecies culture and to avoid possible errors arising from indigenous names from different geographical areas,,es,Geographical origin,,es,The origin of the plant gives valuable information that serves to characterize the specific biochemical composition,,es,Mode cultivation,,es,If the plant is collected in the wild or cultivated,,es:
1.Botanical certification: Indicate the genus, the species, the subspecies and the cultivar to avoid possible errors derived from autochthonous names of different geographical areas.
2 geographical origin: The origin of the plant gives us valuable information that serves to characterize its specific biochemical composition.
3.The cultivation mode: If the plant is collected in the wild or cultivated. Whether it is organically grown or not.
4.The time of collection: The biochemical characteristics of the plant can vary depending on when the plant is harvested.
5.The part of the distilled plant: The biochemical composition of the essential oil varies according to the part of the plant used.
6.Extraction mode
7.The chemotype

What is a chemotyped essential oil?
An essential oil has a very complex chemical composition, these chemical constituents are responsible for very different therapeutic properties. For this reason, it is important to have defined the main chemical compounds of the essential oil in order to make an appropriate therapeutic use. There are essential oils from the same plant that can vary greatly in their chemical composition from one to another depending on the species used. This chemical variation generates the concept of chemotype or chemical category.
We speak of a chemotyped essential oil when the molecule or molecules that have the greatest presence in an essential oil are biochemically defined.

Can essential oils be ingested?
As a general rule, it is recommended not to ingest essential oils because they contain highly concentrated active principles of the plant, some of these active principles can be toxic in such concentrated doses.
If, despite everything, we decide to ingest an essential oil, we advise following the following tips:
Never administer to children or pregnant women.
Use only essential oils that indicate on the manufacturer's packaging that they are suitable for food use. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions. These are usually chemotyped.
Always take them diluted in liquid, honey, sugar ... We advise diluting them with a little honey.
NEVER EXCEED THE DOSE indicated by the manufacturer. Normally it is usually 1 to 2 drops maximum.
Consult with your doctor.

How to use essential oils?