What is Now Essential Oils?
NOW Essential Oils are pure essential oils known for their usage in aroma therapy. Each pack of NOW Essential Oils contains ten various oils. It includes Jasmine, Lavender, Peppermint, Clove, Orange, Rosemary, Tangerine, Eucalyptus, Tea tree and Citronella. There are other types of oil products too that come in packages. Natural essential oils have been used for aromatherapy since ancient times. It has been a time-honored traditional method to lift your spirits, relax and enhance your mood.
History of Now Essential Oils
The company of NOW Foods essential oils are also called NOW Solutions. The names are used interchangeably. In the year 1948, Paul Richard, an entrepreneur purchased a manufacturing company in Chicago. This company manufactured legume and grain-based products. This company was turned into a family business for six decades and is still growing strong as family owns the company. NOW Foods manufactures and distributes more than 1400 oils, dietary supplements, sports nutrition, natural foods, beauty and personal care products. The Company believes that good health shall be a luxury available to all classes of people, and not only to the wealthy. That is why they produce products of high quality and make it available at affordable prices. since 1968, NOW Foods has been like “a helping hand”, who helps its consumers to lead a healthy life.
NOW OIL PRODUCTS
Essential oils have proved to be effective for homeopathic treatments and aromatherapy. They are naturally derived and are “neat”, meaning that they are not arbitrarily manipulated or diluted with chemicals or artificial additives. These are pure oils that are well processed. Just a few drops of oil in a diffuser can fill your room with the peaceful aroma of jasmine, lavender and other scents available. These oils can also be used for massaging.
EXTRACTION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
NOW Food Company consistently focuses on using the best raw botanical resources. They believe in extracting the ingredients meticulously and gently. The process of extracting oils from the botanical sources is one of the toughest and important steps. This determines the manufacturing quality of the products. The different processes of extraction are listed below:
- Steam Distillation– In this process of steam distillation, essential oils are converted into vapor. By the process of condensation, the vapor is turned into liquid. This is done very carefully and gently. All the unwanted components are left behind so that the liquid is ready to be bottled for your benefit. Traditionally, hydro or steam distillation was extracted using chemical solvents like hexane and heptane. NOW essential oils do not use unsafe chemical solvents and give you full quality assurance.
- Carbon Dioxide Extraction– In this process, compressed carbon dioxide is used to extract oils from the primary sources. In this process of technology essence of oils are extracted from the plant matter without heating. It involves maintaining low temperatures and high pressures. The CO2 extraction process is known to be environmentally friendly and uses energy efficiently. Distilled essential oils and Co2 extracts are quite similar and have often been used for natural perfumes and aromas. This CO2 is a by-product of fermentation.
- Solvent Extraction– Rose and Jasmine are mainly solvents extracted. The raw ingredients are too delicate for distillation which is a costly process. Therefore, the oils having risen and jasmine aroma is extracted by using ethanol. It is solvent which is generally safe.
- Cold Press Extraction– Cold pressed method is also called scarification method. In this mechanical process, heat is regulated, mainly reduced throughout the extraction process of the raw materials. This process of extracting oil is especially used for citrus ingredients like orange, tangerine, lime, grapefruit, mandarin, lemon and others. The fruit peels are rolled over a trough and penetrated. Then the fruit is squeezed and pressed to extract the oil from the pulp. This method is considered to be one of the best methods to extract essential oils. The oils are of the highest concentration.
NOW’s ESSENTIAL OIL TESTING
Scientific testing information about products doesn’t really matter for the consumers in general. But it is always good to be aware of things. The NOW team have provided information to their consumers. NOW Foods use their own personalized team of quality control experts. They conduct a series of clinical tests to make sure of the quality of their products. Their laboratories are handled by qualified technicians and chemists. Analytical equipment such as Infrared Spectrometry and Gas Chromatography enables them to perform a specialized analysis. Almost all the NOW essential oils are verified by GC and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). Other scientific information available about the NOW oils is a partial list of components that involve Optical Rotation, Refractive Index, Infrared Absorption, Flash Point, Specific Gravity. Ultraviolet/Visible Spectroscopy is used for solvent and pigment detection. They also test the oils’ solubility, odor, color and the active components in it.
NOW essential oils are certified as Organic. They are free of synthetic compounds, are naturally pure and highly concentrated oils. The botanical sources of these oils are grown on pesticides free soil. There are no herbicidal and toxic residues in the soil. But the consumers should note that not all the NOW Food oils are organic. The organic products are specifically labeled. You can be sure of the fact that certified organic essential oils and pure essential oils are not diluted. There is no water content in them. NOW Essential Oils consists of blends. Many often combine such blends with carrier oils. These blends are manufactured exclusively and are clearly labeled. NOW Solutions themselves have assured safety and assurance of their oil products:
“We use our own analysis results to confirm specification sheet reports and certificates of analyses received from 3rd party outside laboratories and vendors. As always, when it comes to Essential Oils, individual practitioners and consumers will decide for themselves which variety of a flower or leaf produces the essential oil that best suits their particular need. With NOW pure essential oils, you can be assured that you have the real thing.”
USAGE AND CAUTION
Specific instructions for the usage of NOW Essential Oils are given in the official website of the company. Consumers should carefully follow the caution label on the products before purchase. The website ensures that the oil recipes have been evaluated and crafted by expert professionals and should not be used in any other way. You will find that NOW Solutions keep their own comprehensive safety database on all the essential oil products. These data sheets are included with the product as a quick reference for the customers. This is just another way that NOW Solutions assure us. They are determined to provide the best quality essential oils.
NOW OILS PRICES ARE LOW
As mentioned before NOW Solutions‘ objective is to provide good health to everyone. And so the prices of their products are considerably low. When the founder of NOW Solutions, Elwood Richard was questioned as to why NOW’s prices are so low compared to their competitors, he replied: “The question shouldn’t be why are our prices so low, but rather, why do our competitors price their products so high? We use the same quality essential oils as other companies. We just choose to price our essential oils with the best interests of the consumer in mind. By not marking up our essential oils like perfumes, as many competitors do, we can offer essential oils of comparable quality at a lower price. Citrus fruit essential oils are 100% cold pressed. Our other essential oils are typically 100% steam distilled.“ The products are available in the market and on online websites at an affordable price of $53.95. This price is subject to variations and discounts too.
Thomas Matthys a former world-class track & field athlete and the founder of Swol Headquarters. He graduated from the University of Fordham with a Master’s degree in Science. Matthys is a certified sports nutritionist and personal coach of several professional athletes. Matthys has been involved in various clinical studies within Track & Field including one on the factors associated with muscle recovery and HIIT.