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Advanced Aromatherapy Experience of Co₂ extracts

Recently I was blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to France to explore and learn more about the healing and energetic properties of aromatherapy.  Rhiannon Lewis hosted a wonderful class about Co₂ extracts which was taught by the knowledgeable Madeleine Kerkhorf-Knapp.  Co₂ extracts are derived through an extraction method which consists of pumping pressurized carbon dioxide into a chamber filled with plant material.  The liquid properties of the gas work as a solvent which pulls the oils and other substances such as pigments and resin from the plant matter.  It has been stated that the Co₂ method will produce a superior oil because none of the constituents of the oil are damaged by heat as compared to steam distillation.  The Co₂ method of extraction also allows heavier molecules to be carried over into the product as compared to the steam distillation method.  Another excellent benefit of the Co₂ method of extraction is that no harmful solvents will remain in the product as compared to absolutes.

I highly recommend this course because Madeleine has been using Co₂’s in her practice and has shared her vast knowledge on the use of them for skin care (eg: irritated skin, eczema, burns, skin cancer, etc), mind and soul and for clinical applications.  Madeleine also addressed a few myths concerning Co₂’s.   Not all Co₂’s will be stronger than their essential oil counterpart. It is true for some but not all.  So, you cannot just assume that the chemical components that are carried over into the extract will always be higher for example menthol.  Co₂’s is mostly made for the food industry so therefore it is important to purchase your Co₂ products that fit certain criteria chemically or else it will be of no benefit in aromatic applications.  I actually have a wonderful Co₂ extract that I previously thought was good in skin care that will now be used to make some wonderful desserts with.

I learned about so many Co₂ in this class.  I have purchased books on their use but this was much more comprehensive.  We created some wonderful blends while in this workshop and even had the surprise opportunity to blend for other classmates which turned out to be a lovely experience.  I plan to utilize the foot bath along with the aromacare applications.

To summarize, it was life changing workshop in which I had the opportunity to meet various people from all over the world.  It was such a joy to feel so welcome by all that attended.  The learning was made complete by visiting several sites while in France such as Valensole plateau to see the lavendin fields and The International Museum of Perfumery in Grasse.  I am looking forward to utilizing my newfound knowledge and applying it.

 

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