Based in Twin Falls, Idaho, Plant Therapy was established in 2011 and is a leading supplier of organic essential oils, carrier oils, pre-diluted roll-ons, and more. All of their oils are 100% pure and free from any additives, adulterants or dilutions.
What is CO2 Extract?
If you flunked Chemistry in school, you probably can't be bothered to research what CO2 extract is all about. No worries! We did the homework and will try to break it down for you.
So what exactly does a CO2 extract mean? Is it the same as an essential oil? Well, CO2 is an extraction method, just like maceration, cold-press extraction, solvent extraction, and the classic steam distillation.
In this case, CO2 (yes, it's that gas we breathe!) is liquified and acts as a solvent to "extract" the aromatic molecules from the plant material. It then goes to a 2-stage process which leaves us with the CO2 extract.
While it is not a true essential oil, it possesses a very distinct advantage. Because CO2 completely and rapidly evaporates, it leaves no residue whatsoever. It also does not require heat which means you get an oil that has an aroma closer to that of the living plant!
How to use Essential Oils
Add 2-4 drops of essential oil to your diffuser after having added water to the fill line. Some oils may require 4-8 drops to be added.
Essential oils should always be diluted before applying to the skin. Blend essential oil with coconut oil, almond oil or any other suitable carrier oil for massage.
Essential oils suitable for inhalation should be diluted by adding 1-2 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over your head and the bowl of water. With your eyes closed, inhale the scent for up to 5 minutes at a time.
You can add 3-5 drops of essential oil to a full bath of water, or onto a face washer placed in the bottom of your shower.
Rollerbottles are handy for ‘on the go’ applications – simply fill a rollerbottle with your preferred carrier oil and add some drops of your essential oil. You can also fit a rollerball top to an essential oil bottle rather than using a separate bottle – make sure to dilute your oil however. If that sounds like too much work, you can simply purchase ready made rollerbottles.
Essential oils are great additions to bases to make your own personal care items such as soaps, face creams or shampoos. You can also use essential oils to help cut down on chemicals in your cleaning supplies. Make sure to check out our blog articles for more ideas!