Essanté Organics' master distillers use cold press or low pressure and low temperature vertical steam distillation to distill all essential oils with pristine purified water. This ancient method uses steam to open the cellular oil membrane pockets of the organically grown, freshly harvested plant material. This method is the best way to produce the finest essential oils in the world because it is proven to protect the therapeutic benefits. This method also ensures no overheating occurs. Expert attention is given to plant selection, harvest time, proper pH, distillation time, and temperature, thus ensuring the potency and efficacy of each certified organic essential oil. Our ingredients are sourced from their indigenous global region, to ensure the highest efficacy and potency possible. We also uses the highest quality, non-reactive metal cooking chambers in the world, stainless steel, during distillation, because stainless steel is the only metal that minimizes adulteration (the changing) of essential oils. Other metals, including copper and aluminum, are known to degrade the therapeutic value of essential oils. We use 3 methods of vertical steam distillation depending on which is best for a particular essential oil:
1. Water Distillation is where the organic plant material is placed in purified boiling water to open the oil membranes of the plant. The steam and oils then separate, and the separated oil that emerges is captured. Clove Bud essential oil is distilled in this way.
2. Water / Steam Distillation is where steam and water are sent through the plant material to open the oil membranes of the plant, then the oil that emerges is captured. Nutmeg essential oil is distilled in this way.
3. Straight Steam Distillation is where only steam is sent through the plant material to open the oil membranes of the plant. The oil that emerges is captured. Lavender essential oil is distilled in this way.
We never re-distill plant material (some companies re-distill the same plant material up to 4 times producing weak oil). We never high heat or triple heat pasteurize our essential oils (this is required to turn therapeutic oils into consumable food-grade oils – you cannot have both per the FDA). If you see an essential oil that is marked for consumption, per the FDA, it has been triple heat pasteurized or the company can be in violation of FDA law.