A company called The Healing Essence specializes in aromatherapy oils made from 100 percent natural sources grown without the use of pesticides. A company called Lorain’s Touch based in Huntington Beach, California makes aromatherapy candles out of soy.
What about the resources it takes to make them? For instance, rose oil requires 2,000 lbs of rose petals to make 1 lb of essential oil. What sets the bar for sustainability? Does it depend on the ability of the resource to be replenished, or do large quantities in general become unsustainable?
A team of Italian researches report in the International Journal of Environment and Health that essential oil of lavender acts as a natural herbicide.
Some studies have shown that essential oils have many benefits including antibacterial properties, antiviral activity, antifungal activity and under certain conditions – behavior and immune responses were improved.
However, essential oils are very concentrated. For example, it takes about 220 lbs of lavender flowers to make about 1 pound of essential oil which is definitely not good for the environment. Also some of the methods used such as solvent or carbon dioxide extraction may not be good interms of the chemicals or the energy used.
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