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Lavender oil is one of the most common essential oils in the market currently. Extracted from the herb Lavandula spp., this essential oil is used as a complementary medicine and as an additive. Studies have shown that lavender oil has sedative, carminative, anti-depressive, and anti-inflammatory properties. Like other essential oils, lavender oil extraction equipment must be capable of distillation, condensation, collection, and separation processes.

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Lavender oil extraction equipment and steps: the distilling process

To make lavender oil, you first must subject the collected flowers to steam distillation using a still. Once loaded with the ingredient, steam is injected into the still to vaporize the essential oils away from the plant material. You then transfer these to a condenser, wherein the vapor condenses into an oil and water mixture, which a separator collects. Your lavender oil will be the layer of liquid at the upper part of the mixture. You can collect and transfer it to bottles for final labelling and packaging.

You may also employ other methods for lavender oil extraction. These include solvent extraction, carbon dioxide extraction, and enfleurage, all of which use carriers and different lavender oil extraction machines to remove the oil from the plant material. However, it is still recommended that you use steam distillation since it will make your product appear more naturally made while promoting sustainability through the avoidance of chemical use.

Consumer uses and applications of lavender oil

It is believed that lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, suitable for healing minor burns and wounds. As an aromatherapeutic product, its aroma can be used to treat anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. As a food ingredient, lavender brewed into tea can be helpful in addressing digestive problems like nausea, stomach pains, and abdominal swelling. Consuming lavender tea can also relieve pain from headaches, sprains, toothaches, and sores.

As a topical solution, consumers must mix lavender oil with a carrier oil to better allow the absorption of the essential oil while reducing its potential to cause skin irritation. They can dilute 1 – 5% of your lavender oil to any carrier oil, such as vegetable oils, creams, or bath gels, prior to topical application. You may recommend dilution ratios and indicate these on your labels for your customer’s reference.

Lavender oil sustainability and environmental impact

With a low recovery rate, the production of essential oils is generally not sustainable. In addition, with the case of lavender oil distillation, environment and climate patterns influence the lavender flower itself. Studies show that lower environmental temperatures after precipitation decreases the concentration of essential oils in the flower while also decreasing its essential oil quality due to temperature biochemical regulation. Although lavender oil boasts a higher recovery rate compared to other essential oils, this is still a highly valued product which you should manufacture efficiently.

With these in mind, it is important to invest in your lavender oil distillation equipment. There must be no leaks, crevices, or possible spillages which can lead to wastage of a valuable product.

Lavender oil quality and regulations

Lavender oil is currently not regulated in either the United States or Europe. In the US, essential oils are generally unregulated and do not need approval from the FDA prior to market distribution. Europe also implements the same albeit with a difference, tagging the product as a potentially hazardous chemical. There have been reports from companies stating that ingestion of this product may be fatal especially if this is swallowed and enters the airways. With this, the EU requires complete labelling, including hazard statements, precautionary statements, or other supplemental information which would enable your customers to appropriately use the product safely as intended.

Make sure you use proper oil extraction machines and steam distillation equipment to maximize your lavender oil production so that the resulting product will have the highest quality and will be safe for consumer use. In addition, be sure to indicate the intended use and storage conditions in your label to better inform your customer about its intended use.

Processing steps involved in lavender-oil making

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