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Part 15: Finding Pure Essential Oils


Dr. Hervé Casabianca training Gary Young


Can different distillation practices change the oil quality? Yes!

Commercial distilleries push process pressure over 5 pounds and up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, which fractures the molecules. This speeds up the extraction process, and yet they are still able to capture the top notes for the perfume industry. Their distilling time can be no more than 40 minutes.

Our distillation of lavender essential oil takes a minimum of 1 hour. When the commercial distilleries extract only for the purpose of the aroma such as for the perfumers, once the larger molecules come out, which are generally the fragrance compounds, the boiler is shut off because it burns 25 to 38 gallons of diesel fuel per hour at 5.50 Euros, which equals $7.36 a gallon, to retrieve maybe 1 or 2 percent more oil.

I have found after distilling oils on five continents around the world, above and below the equator, that most of the time the therapeutic molecules are some of the last molecules to come out, which may take 1½ to 3 hours more. For example, in our distillery in Spain, we use full-agitation to distill frankincense essential oil for 12 hours minimum. In Salalah, we use partial agitation and distill frankincense for 16 hours.

Agitation is a process that grinds the resin into coarse powder. It is similar to the agitation of the old-time washing machine, where the paddles move back and forth, beating the clothes. In this case, the paddles break down the resin, which is very gummy and will easily stick together, impeding the release of the oil. For this reason, the constant agitation is important to keep the powder from clumping at the bottom of the cooker. This agitation also ensures greater steam saturation for greater essential oil extraction as the steam travels up through the powdered resin.

Incensole acetate, which is a very important compound found in frankincense resin, only shows up after 11 hours of distilling with agitation and 15 hours without agitation. Incensole acetate is considered a major constituent, which is sought after to support many body functions. It works well as a companion to the boswellic acids in its medicinal attributes.

To be continued . . .

Part 10: Finding Pure Essential Oils

frankincense tree in Oman
Omani frankincense tree

Many people have tried to enter the essential oil market and have no idea about what it takes to produce a pure therapeutic grade essential oil, what to look for in the chemistry profile, or even how to read a GC-MS analytical evaluation. They rely on a broker to tell them whether the essential oils they are buying are pure. You might as well buy from a used-car salesman.

Some companies proudly state that their Boswellia frereana is sourced in Oman. Unfortunately, that is just not true. This species of frankincense grows only in Somalia. In addition, there have been some exaggerated claims of how much boswellic acid or incensole acetate can be found in frereana. The truth is that neither of those compounds is found in frereana at all.

I prefer to back up my statements with peer-reviewed research from the Web site of the National Library of Medicine: www.pubmed.gov. A paper on frankincense research is available to you in a downloadable PDF if you click here. This paper will give you real, documented facts on three frankincense varieties: carteri, sacra, and frereana.

I can tell you that Young Living’s Boswellia carteri frankincense comes from East Africa. The Boswellia sacra that we sell as Sacred Frankincense is grown in Oman and distilled in my own distillery in Salalah, Oman. I studied the therapeutic properties of these two varieties of frankincense that are very rich in boswellic acid and incensole acetate and concluded that they offer the most benefits to consumers.

To be continued . . .