Cold-Pressed Essential Oils: Our Top 4
"Why are cold-pressed essential oils so popular?"
The answer is simple. Essential oils are one of the most natural & rewarding scent-based products.
There is a boundless variety of essential oil scents. All have unique and wonderful benefits. From lavender's heroic ability to calm the mind and reduce stress, and peppermints body soothing energy, perfect for muscle aches and pains. And let's not forget to mention how incredible they smell!
Read on to learn more on cold-pressed essential oils and our top 4
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the liquids (oils), which have been extracted from varies plants/plant life. There are different ways to extract the oil, such as cold-pressing or steam distillation. Usually once extracted, you are left with a strong aromatic substance. Essential oils are commonly watered down before use, as their scent can be overbearing.
They are known for their pleasant fragrances and are commonly used in aroma therapy because of their mind/body healing benefits.
Each essential oil relates to the aroma of the plant or plant life it has been extracted from. Essential oils can be extracted from herbs, petals, leave,s and fruits. Whether you are into fresh, sweet, spicy, or floral scents, you are sure to find your go-too essential oil(s).
Ancient Essential Oils
Aromatic plant matter has been cultivated for thousands of years and used in worship, cleansing, and as a fragrance. Ancient Egyptians would use and burn essential oils as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. Many would wear essential oils on their skin as a perfume or burn them in times of worship.
This was known to rid any unwanted spirits. They would also use essential oils in the mummification process to cleanse any negativity on or in them. And also to repel insects and pests.
Nowadays, essential oils are used for all sorts. Most commonly in aroma therapy, skin care, and as home fragrances. Some essential oils are used in cleaning products, juices, or cooking purposes.
Us at Burnt Beech have burnt cold-pressed essential oils for years now. It is a natural solution to incense and the fragrances are stronger, fresher, and truer to what the plant is.
'So what is cold-pressing?'
What Does Cold-Pressed Mean?
Cold pressing is a method commonly used to extract plant or plant life oils or juices.
It is a popular and natural approach to essential oil extraction. This is because of its ability to maintain the fragrance and healing properties of the plant. Cold-pressing involves grinding and pressing the substance out either manually or through a machine. The importance is to keep the temperature below 120C as heat can interfere with the oil's natural properties.
Cold pressing is mostly used on fruits, seeds, nuts, and vegetables as well as, occasionally flowers and herbs. Some use the cold pressing method to make juices or cooking oils. Others use it for essential oil and aromatic purposes.
Cold pressing is an ancient method of plant extraction and in our eyes is the best way to burn as incense.
How to Burn Essential Oils
Burning essential oils is simple. But ensuring you do it safely, is most important.
First Please Consider:
Where you burn your essential oil(s):
On a heatproof surface.
Away from any objects that can catch alight.
Out of reach from children and pets.
Inana open and ventilated space.
How long you burn your essential oil(s):
For 10-20 minutes.
1 - 4 times a week.
Leave alone in the room with children or pet.
Touch the burner, candle, or oil when burning.
That you are not wearing anything that could catch alright when burning (e.g. gloves, tie, scarf).
You leave the burner to cool for 30 minutes before touching it.
You light a tea light candle with a long lighter or long match stick.
No one is allergic or intolerant to the essential oil(s) you burn.
What Do I Need To Burn My Essential Oils?
You will need:
- An oil warmer
- Your chosen essential oil(s)
- A tea light candle
- A long match stick
- Or a long lighter
How Do I Burn it?
Follow our step by step guide on burning essential oils.
1. Read safety rules above
2. Make sure I have all my materials (read list above)
3. Put my chosen essential oil(s) onto the top of the oil warmer (the top bowl like surface)
4. Place my tea light candle into the bottom of oil warmer (there may be a hole or another bowl like surface bellow the top one)
5. Light my tea light candle with long match stick or lighter
6. Leave to burn for 10-20 minutes
7. Let cool for 30 minutes before I touch or clean it (how to clean my oil warmer)
Our Top 4 Favourite Cold Pressed Essential Oils And Why
Essential oils have the wonderful ability to cleanse and heal.
Cold-pressing is a natural and ancient way of extracting essential oils from fruits and seeds.
And after years of burning cold-pressed essential oils, we have found our go-to favourites.
But what makes them so special to us?
1. Sweet Orange
Sweet orange is a sweet and citrus essential oil. Burning sweet orange leaves your home smelling beautiful. But there is much more to this perfect scent.
Sweet orange is wonderful for stressful or anxiety-heavy situations. It helps unblock unwanted energies in your adrenal gland, allowing dopamine hormones to release through your bloodstream. And this can improve negative mindsets, mood swings, and struggling mental health. As well, it can improve concentration and general brain function/health.
It is commonly used in aromatherapy for its ability to uplift.
Others use orange essential oil in their skincare products as it does wonders for struggling skin (such as acne or scars). It owns anti-inflammatory properties great for reducing inflamed pores. Because of these properties, some use and burn sweet orange to help with stomach issues, injuries or body and head aches and pains.
Lemon is one of the most popular aromas around. And we understand why. Its unique, inviting and citrus scent is like no other - and leaves your home smelling wonderful and fresh.
However lemon may not be to everyone's taste, you can't deny its wonderful healing benefits. And let's not forget its ability to scare off those nasty midges.
Just like sweet orange, lemon has mood and serotonin-boosting properties. It can ease negative energy surrounding or in you. For thousands of years, lemon has been burnt as an energy-healing substance. Nowadays it is popular in aroma therapy and meditation.
Lemon essential oil also has anti-inflammatory benefits. As well as anti-fungal and pain-relieving effects. It also acts as an immune booster and is fantastic for easing cold-like symptoms such as a sore throat and sinuses.
People like to use lemon essential oils in their skin products as it helps with acne and acne scarring. It also has antimicrobial properties which are known to assist wound recovery.
Grapefruit is a citrus-scented fruit with a slight hint of sweetness and orange. This cold-pressed essential oil is truly a perfect home fragrance. It leaves the room smelling fresh and clean. Amazing for purifying the energy of your home and keeping positivity circulating.
It also helps with relieving anxiety and depression symptoms. And can balance stressed induced hormones. Many people use grapefruit essential oil in meditation, aroma therapy, manifestation, yoga, and worship. This is because of its ability to calm the mind and provide happy vibrations.
The main component of grapefruit is limonene, a common compound in most citrus fruits. Limonene has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory components. This can support and mend immune issues, injury, and certain illnesses.
Burning this calming fragrance is perfect for stressful moments such as studying, working, or organizing. This is why it is one of our favorites.
Bergamot is also a citrus fruit. It isn't as popular in the food world as orange and lemon, due to its powerful tartness. However, bergamot has a wonderfully sweet and citrus fragrance. This is why it is one of today's most prominent home scents.
Bergamot essential oil makes for the perfect mixer. It complements beautifully with fragrances such as sandalwood, rosemary, and lavender. Because of its citrus aroma, it also balances nicely with spiced or sweet essential oils.
Due to its luscious and fresh scent and positive energy release, it is commonly used to reduce anxiety and depression. It produces mind-altering chemicals, able to help with concentration and relieve negative thoughts. Many use bergamot essential oil as a meditation tool.
Bergamot is also energizing for the mind and body. It boosts concentration and energy, perfect for days when motivation may be low. It can also reduce inflammation in the body and help with tension headaches or sore muscles.
The Bottom Line
Cold pressing is a natural and ancient extraction method that works perfectly. It is a brilliant way to maintain the fruits/seeds/plants healing properties as well as maintain their unique and beautiful scent. Cold-pressed essential oils are the perfect home fragrances.