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How to Use CO2 Extracts in Essential Oils
CO2 Extracts are simply splendid for culinary uses and Caraway Seed is a top choice particularly this time of year. Think of potatoes, sauerkraut, rice or the smell of rye bread! This Caraway Seed CO2 can be used in any dish of your preference. Just a hint goes a long way. We found that adding it to rice after it’s prepared does wonders. For example, we used 4 drops of Caraway Seed CO2 extract with some melted ghee and added it for a light, yet very flavorful impact.today, and let us know how it worked in your kitchen concoctions.
Therapeutic Use of CO2 Essential Oil
For therapeutic use, regular intake of caraway oil is said to protect from a myriad of ailments and diseases, including helping keep yourself stay healthy and young! We are fond of CO2s for so many reasons! In addition to its health benefits, the aromas tend to be more impressive than other traditional essential oils.
Scientific Understanding of CO2 Essential Oil
For a more Scientific view, we reached out to our dear friend in the aromatherapy world, Mark Webb. He is best known for his passion for CO2s both in the laboratory and in food flavoring. Webb provides independent consulting expertise in aromatic compound application to the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic & personal care industries and educates many worldwide on SCF CO2 extraction & extracts. Here’s what he has to say about Caraway Seed CO2:
‘Caraway CO2 is aromatically superior to the EO, generally a cleaner, richer aroma. Culinary uses include rye bread, so that’s where that well-known association comes from. There are many other dietary uses for this aromatic including in beverages and these also apply therapeutically in dealing with GIT (gastrointestinal) upset. See more on it’s therapeutic benefits here.
Chemistry of the EO & Select SFE CO2 are very similar when you view GCMS data side by side with particular focus upon the carvone/limonene ratio.
The SFE CO2 generally has a higher limonene ratio to carvone due to polarity differences between the two constituents in the extraction media…so this does contribute to the smooth, rounder, fresher aroma.
Therapeutically they are pretty much the same, being excellent antispasmodics in dealing with gut issues as I previously mentioned, hence the uses in aperitifs etc. There are also some studied upon the antimicrobial efficacy of the aromatic which shows it to be or medium efficiency.
Caraway is also a great alternative to spearmint in blends were the client can’t stand mint aromas( d-carvone), it has l-carvone which is a safe mucolytic, and antispasmodic, which when coupled with the limonene has a penetrating gently tonifying effect on GIT tissues. Also good in respiratory blends or in uterine toning, good for the lymphatic system as well.’
Mark Webb is the Director at AromaMedix Pty Ltd in Tarragindi, Queensland, AustraliaShare Share