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What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the volatile, fragrant components from the various indigenous and exotic plants. They are high value products sold predominantly to the international fragrance, cosmetic, flavour and aromatherapy markets. 

essential oil perfume The production of essential oil is achieved by a process called steam distillation. This involves mixing the plant material and low-pressure steam, breaking the membranes of the cells in the plant tissue containing the oil and releasing the essential oil into the stream of steam in the distillation unit. 
Essential oils have been traded internationally for several centuries. The unique opportunities South Africa has, to compete in the international essential oil markets, include a diverse range of climatic regions and agricultural land, a production season different to northern hemisphere competitors, and a well developed business, scientific, agricultural and transport infrastructure.  essential oil distributor
international fragrance Essential oils are ideal products for small-scale farmers, provided that they receive the correct technical and marketing training. The SEOBI focuses on transferring appropriate technologies and training to emerging black farmers in order to facilitate starting or increasing commercially viable essential oil production on their farms. 
That farmers that form part of the business incubation processes of SEOBI produce a range of conventional and organic essential oils that are in demand in the international markets.  essential oil markets

A-Z of Essential Oils

This is a guide to essential oils that are used in aromatherapy, their properties and ailments that they can treat. Some essential oils present specific dangers to pregnant women or people with certain medical conditions. If you are pregnant or have a medical condition, always consult a doctor before trying aromatherapy.

 Essential Oil 

 Perfume Note

 Angelica  Base
 Anise   Top
 Balsam, Peru  Base
 Basil  Top
 Bay  Middle
 Bay Laurel  Top
 Benzoin  Base
 Bergamot  Top
 Bergamot Mint  Top
 Bois-de-rose — see  Rosewood  Middle
 Boronia  Top
 Cajuput  Middle
 Cardamom  Middle

 Essential Oil 

 Perfume Note

 Carrot Seed  Middle
 Cedarwood,  Atlas  Base
 Chamomile,  German  Middle
 Chamomile,  Roman  Middle
 Cinnamon  Middle
 Citronella  Top
 Clary Sage  Middle
 Clove  Middle
 Coriander  Middle
 Cypress  Middle
 Dill  Middle
 Elemi  Middle
 Eucalyptus  Top

 Essential Oil 

 Perfume Note

 Eucalyptus, Lemon  Middle
 Eucalyptus Radiata  Middle
 Fennel  Middle / Top
 Fir Needle  Middle
 Frankincense  Base
Galbanum   Top
 Geranium  Middle
 Geranium,  Rose  Middle
 Ginger  Base / Middle
 Grapefruit  Top
 Helichrysum  Base
 Honeysuckle   
 Hyssop  Middle

 Essential Oil 

 Perfume Note

 Jasmine  Middle
 Juniper Berry  Middle
 Kanuka  Middle
 Lavandin  Middle / Top
 Lavender  Middle / Top
 Lemon  Top
 Lemongrass  Top
 Lime  Top
 Linden Blossom  Middle
 Mandarin — see  Tangerine  Top
 Manuka  Middle
 Marjoram  Middle

 Essential Oil 

 Perfume Note

 May Chang  Middle
 Myrrh  Base
 Myrtle  Middle / Top
 Myrtle, Lemon  Top
 Neroli  Middle
 Niaouli  Middle
 Nutmeg  Middle
 Oakmoss  Base
 Olibanum — see  Frankincense  Base
 Orange, Bitter  Top
 Orange, Sweet  Top
 Oregano  Middle

 Essential Oil 

 Perfume Note

 Palmarosa  Middle
 Parsley  Middle
 Patchouli  Base
 Pepper, Black  Middle
 Peppermint  Top
 Petitgrain  Top
 Pine  Middle
 Ravensara  Top
 Rose  Middle
 Rosemary  Middle
 Rosewood  Middle
 Sandalwood  Base
 Spearmint  Top

 Essential Oil 

 Perfume Note

 Spikenard  Base
 Spruce  Middle
 Tagetes  Top
 Tangerine  Top
 Tea Tree  Middle
 Thyme  Middle
 Tobacco  Base
 Tuberose  Top
 Vanilla  Base
 Vetiver  Base

 Violet Leaf

 Middle
 Yarrow  Middle
 Ylang Ylang  Base / Middle
 

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