What Makes Our Oils Special?
The integrity of an essential oil is determined by the botanical from which it was derived,
proper harvest, and gentle extraction methods to bring the finished products to life. At
NOW® Solutions, we utilize exceptional raw materials from growers who share our passion for quality
from start-to-finish. This constant attention to detail ultimately allows NOW® Solutions to bring you
essential oils that are 100% pure and unsurpassed in quality and purity.
Before an essential oil becomes an essential oil, it must first be extracted from its original botanical.
To accomplish this, one of three specialized extraction methods are used. Extraction is a critical step
in the essential oil manufacturing process, and must be performed at just the right time, depending
on the plant and oil in question. Proper extraction will yield the strongest concentration of active
compounds, while incorrect or incomplete extraction efforts may significantly affect the finished oil’s
Distillation, Water or Steam
With distillation, essential oils are converted into vapor and then condensed into liquid form where
they can be bottled for your enjoyment. It is a popular, natural and precise way to gently extract
essential oils without damaging the botanical.
Cold press extraction -primarily for citrus extracts, such as orange, lemon, lime, bergamot and
tangerine. It involves carefully applying a cold “press” to the botanical to extract the highest
concentration of volatile oils.
Solvent Extraction -Fragile botanicals such as Rose and Jasmine have a difficult time surviving the
distillation process. Solvent extraction method is used most commonly when working with Essential
Oil blends, such as s from Rose and Jasmine. Sometimes solvents are necessary to coax the essential
oils out of the botanical material, and we ensure that these are removed to ensure safety.
USING ESSENTIAL OILS
Essential oils offer boundless versatility and can be used in a number of ways to enrich the quality of
life. From aromatherapy and massage, to personal care and household applications, they can serve as
wonderful additions to any home or lifestyle. Essential oils are intended for aromatherapeutic, and in
some cases, external use. They should be kept away from direct sunlight and used with caution at all
Diffusion —Diffusion provides continuous distribution of the oil’s scents and active constituents,
making it easy to absorb them within the body. The nerve fibers of the olfactory cavity do not pass
through the brain’s switching station, and are therefore immediately recognized by the limbic
system. Diffusion is an effective and non-invasive way to reap the benefits of essential oils.
Skin Applications —Certain oils can be applied to the skin, though it is very important to use caution
when doing so. 100% essential oils are highly concentrated and may need to be diluted for safe,
topical use. Carrier oils, such as grape seed and jojoba, are two of the most popular carrier oils and
are ideal for diluting. For more information on topical applications, we suggest consulting an
aromatherapist or a credible aromatherapy book such as the one listed below.
Bath —Adding just a few drops of Lavender, Chamomile, Eucalyptus or other essential oils to a warm
bath is a wonderful way to unwind after a long, stressful day. As with all highly concentrated
essential oils, be cautious when allowing any essential oil to come into contact with the skin, as some
may cause skin irritation or discomfort. They can make your tub slippery too, so watch your step.
Cosmetics —Some essential oils can be complementary to your favorite cosmetic and personal care
products. These include soaps and body wash, shampoos and conditioners, moisturizing lotions and
creams, and many others. Always make sure that the oil you’re working with is appropriate, or
diluted appropriately, for topical use.