CO2 extracts – A Valuable New Tool for Aromatherapists
A very brief introduction to the process of extracting CO2s, an over view of what I consider the 3 general categories of CO2 extracts:
- Volatiles – similar but different from the essential oils we are used to
- Herbal extracts – Essences of plants that do not yield essential oils
In my opinion and experience the CO2 extracts give us wonderfully useful additions to our aromatic tool boxes.
When I present at conferences or as a vendor I am able to offer ‘scent strips’ or sample for people to experience the difference between, let’s say Bulgarian Lavender EO and CO2 Select extract, using botanicals from the same growers for a true comparison, the difference between Sweet Marjoram or Frankincense by the same methods..to compare and contrast the aromas, and the best usage of each.
I started “playing with” the oil in perhaps 89-90. Started making blends for friends, etc, and everything grew from there. i never had planned on starting “a real business” but here I am close to 30 years later. Nature’s Gift grew out of my passion for the healing power of these oils, and that is still what drives us forward.
I have studied under Jade Shutes, my very first teacher, taken the Jane Buckle Clinical Aromatherapy course with Kathy Duffy, studied palliative care and CO2s with Madeleine Kerkhoff, studied skincare and safety with Robert Tisserand, Aromatic Medicine and CO2s with Mark Webb. I know there are others, that I am forgetting. And of course attendance at conferences, listening to online presentations like this summit. Now, I seldom received certification in many of the courses that offered it, because I seldom did the follow-up research case studies required for certification. I learned what I needed to know as a supplier, in order to promote both safe and appropriate uses to our client base. And there is never an end to learning.