Aromatherapy and the benefits of organic essential Oils
Aromatherapy consists of using essential oils for therapeutic ends.
Essential oils have extraordinary properties and each variety offers its own distinct benefit. They can be used in a number of ways:
- Ingestion (in tiny quantities)
- Olfactotherapy, etc.
Using essential oils on an everyday basis can be complicated, which is why the Altearah Bio cosmetics brand sets out to make life simpler with its range of ready-to-use products:
- Through the sense of smell, with treatment fragrances
- Through massage, using face and body oils, serums or scrubs.
All Altearah Bio products are made exclusively from organic essential oils, guaranteeing a product uncontaminated by the method of its cultivation or extraction.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are extracted from botanically certified aromatic plants, i.e. plants identified by their Latin name (narrow-leaf eucalyptus essential oil, for example, is obtained from the Eucalyptus radiata plant).
The essential oil is extracted from the plants with great care, so as not to affect the characteristics of their chemical compounds or diminish their potential.
There are a number of extraction procedures, but the most common is distillation
Most essential oils are obtained by steam distillation, without the use of chemical descaling agents and at low pressure. The process involves passing steam through a tank filled with aromatic plants.
The steam extracts the essence of the plant and forms a uniform gaseous mixture with it. As it is expelled from the tank under controlled pressure, the steam mixed with essential oil passes through a cooling coil and condenses. The liquid then flows into a Florentine flask or “essencier” where, because it is less dense than water (density <1), the essential oil floats on the surface of the aqueous distillate (hydrolate or floral water) and is drawn off though the overflow pipe.
From essential oils to Altearah products
All the products in the Altearah organic cosmetics range are made in Bellegarde, in the Gard department (a region famous for organic farming).
For each of the treatment fragrances, the essential oils are combined with organic corn alcohol.
The brand’s other products are combined with a plant oil blend to suit the nature of the product.
The full Altearah range of products and colours consists of 45 organic essential oils, carefully chosen to meet an array of rigorous production criteria.
The Altearah Bio brand carries Ecocert certification.
Altearah Bio: aromatherapy made simple.