How the Oils are Extracted

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This information has been comprised for those who have inquiries concerning the difference between the essential  and essence oils that the EcoVillage offers.

    The bulk of the essential oils are obtained from associate families and/ or communities that have been involved with the ancient art, science and tradition of fragrances for many centuries now. According to these sources: There are two kinds of scents; ones which occur in nature, such as Patchouli and Sandalwood, and then there are others which are blended from a variety of natural ingredients. Due to the prohibitive costs of supplying nature’s oils, sometimes a perfumer blends the naturally occurring oils with other aromatic compounds. The art and science of a perfumer is evident in the fragrances he creates.

The difference in the oils offered by the EcoVillage is chiefly in the method of extraction. Technically speaking, an essential oil is extracted from plant material by two main methods; simple expression (or pressure) or by steam, water or dry distillation. Distinguishing the difference between essential and concretes or absolutes (fragrances obtained by methods other than steam distillation or pressure) is sometimes very difficult. However, the essentials are very loose – much like water, have no oily feel to them, evaporate quickly (volatile) and the cost of a fragrance is sometimes a lot more expensive than its’ counterpart; concretes, absolutes and oil blends. Essential oils should be stored in tightly sealed, dark colored glass bottles – for light rays, air and excessive heat will quickly deteriorate the essence of the oils. However, when obtaining essential oils in small quantities, clear glass is permissible providing the bottles are kept in the dark (ex. – drawer, purse, pouch, etc.) until ready for use. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts, therefore having very potent therapeutic values. Each drop is equal to at least one ounce of plant matter.

Many aromatic oils from plants contain a few major constituents, several minors and a larger number of trace elements. It is virtually impossible to totally reconstruct such a complex combination of components which includes all of the trace elements. Most “nature identical” oils are said to be 96% accurate – with the remaining 4% of trace elements being non-duplicated. It is the synergistics of the specific combination of hundreds of constituents naturally provided to each plant (including trace elements) that give the essential oils therefrom their valuable therapeutic/healing properties.

Concretes – The aromatic plant matter is extracted by organic solvents such as hydro-carbon. Concretes are more stable and concentrated than unmodified essential oils.
Resinoids – Oils from natural resins such as frankincense, myrrh, amber, benzoin, etc. extracted by hydro-carbon solvents. Occasionally the ethanol soluble fraction of a resinoid is called an absolute.

Resinoids – Oils from natural resins such as frankincense, myrrh, amber, benzoin, etc. extracted by hydro-carbon solvents. Occasionally the ethanol soluble fraction of a resinoid is called an absolute.

Absolutes – Obtained by taking the concretes through a second process of ethanol extraction or liquid carbon dioxide. With the latter process, the oils produced are of excellent aroma
quality and entirely free of unwanted solvent residues or non-volatile matter.

All the above methods go through a final process of solvent removal. These techniques are used worldwide for higher yield or to obtain products that cannot be obtained by any other process. An example of this is when an essential oil would be adversely affected by hot water and steam, as is the case with Jasmine – concretes or absolutes would be used; they also produce a more true-to-nature- fragrance.

For clarity purposes; many essential oils not extracted via steam or pressure are referred to as essence oils. 

Essence oils are blend formulations derived in a variety of ways from flowers, barks, leaves, roots or resinThe fragrance industry requires continuity in its’ products – as well as a means of obtaining a scent without it’s prohibitive costs – considering one pound of essential oil requires 50 lbs. of eucalyptus, 150 lbs. of lavender, 500 lbs. of sage, thyme or rosemary and 2000 – 3000 lbs. of rose. Thus, perhaps is the main reason and practicality of formulating oil blends and creating scents from various aromatic compounds also found in nature. However not all synthesized aromas are of the same quality. Some oils on the market are artificial imitations of natural fragrances. Reverend Nazirmoreh (ABRD) sees to it that Monastery carries some of the best and finest natural oil blends available today.  The Monastery’s oils are free of alcohol and derived from natural, all-vegetable sources -including the musks. Use the EcoVillage’s oils in aromatherapy, as a non-alcoholic perfume, as an incense, as an ingredient in natural soaps, body care products and candles. Try Tangerine oil to bring cheer and light into you life…, Sandalwood to promote a deeper connection to Spirit…, Patchouli for a sense of strength, groundedness and as an insect repellant…, Rose to enhance creativity and a union of physical and spiritual love, and to relieve postnatal depression…, Frankincense and/or Myrrh; two of the most highly treasured and costly substance of ancient civilization – evoking a sense of inspiration, faith, inner strength and stability. 

Try any of the Monastery’s oils and experience for yourself. Those using the Monastery’s oils often remark on the peace and tranquility that the oils carry with them and compliments abound concerning the superior strength and quality that the Monastery’s essence oils have, unlike some oils and commercial scents; the Monastery’s essence oils ARE alcohol free and HIGHLY concentrated, so they last for hours and some for days and the Monastery’s essential oils are of the finest quality available as well.  Whether you are selecting  an essential oil or essence oil through Nahziryah Monastic Community  – rest assured that you are selecting some of the best, purest, uncut, unreduced oils available.

Aromatic compound – any of a class of organic compounds containing an unsaturated ring of carbon atoms, as benzene, napthalene, anthracene and their derivatives, and usually having an agreeable odor. Hydro –carbon – any of a class of compounds containing only hydrogen and carbon, as an alkane, methane, CH4 etc., or an aromatic compound; benzene, C6H6.
Perfume – 1. A substance, extract or preparation for diffusing or imparting an agreeable or attractive smell. 2. The scent, odor or volatile particle emitted by substances that smell agreeably. –Syn.: essence, attar, scent, incense, aroma, fragrance.
Therapeutic – of or related to the treatment of mental / physical disease or disorders by remedial agents or methods; medicinal.

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Help With Vertigo

Help With Vertigo

Vertigo, the medical name for more severe/frequent forms of dizziness. Dizziness is mainly a symptom rather than a condition. It is characterized by feeling some sort of movement that isn’t  normally/”really” there; such as when standing still one feels they are swaying, whirling, reeling or falling, a swimming or swirling sensation of the head; lack of equilibrium. Sometimes called “light-headedness”. Severe dizziness is called Vertigo – accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, lack of depth perception, sweating, sometimes fainting. Causes are many, including: constipation, menstrual cycle, head injury, compacted sinuses, blood pressure problems, inner ear conditions such as infections, affecting the semi-circular canals (which serve as the body’s gyroscope), lack of oxygen supplied to part of the brain controlling balance, confusing sensory input and constant motion to cause inner ear to send conflicting information to brain (such as in many cases of motion sickness), accumulated …

… Inhalation of the Purple People Market Place pure essential oils that help restore brain and heart function, stimulate the mind and senses are of much value. The Essential Oils such as Rosemary, Rosemary and Camphor, Peppermint, Basil, Clary Sage, Ginger, Grapefruit, Myrtle, and Pennyroyal (Pennyroyal not for use during pregnancy) are some of the best choices. Inhale the essential oils by holding the open bottle of essential oil under the nose or put 4-5 drops on a clean cotton cloth and hold to the nose for one minute every hour or so. The essential oils can be placed in an aromatherapy diffuser  or aromatherapy steam inhaler unit, or simply a stainless steel pot with a little water and a few drops of essential oil added to the simmering water– bend over  the pot and inhale the steam with a towel covering the entire head to help the steam concentrate its effects and enter your nasal passages. The essential oils may also be added to a pure vegetable oil such as sweet almond, safflower, grapeseed, jojoba or olive oil to be used for massaging areas behind the ear, the neck, the temples, forehead, etc. These  pure essential oils can also be used in massage oils as well. 

The following Essential Oils are recommended for help with vertigo:

Inhale any of the following oils by wearing on skin, in aromatherpy diffuser, placing a few drops on a light bulb ring. Experiment to find the one most helpful for you (tester vials available).

Basil essential oil

Clary Sage essential oil

Ginger essential oil 

Pennyroyal essential oil 


A rose by any other name

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose…. or is it?

Did you know that roses are just like people? Where they have been planted to grow up makes all the difference in the world. Not just the genealogical aspects (with all the various Latin names associations) but the actual location plays a part in how the roses grow up.

Take for example the Red Rose Oil. The Reverend (ABRD) offers at the EcoVillage a Red Rose from the U.S. and one from the U.K.. These are extracted from red roses, but their fragrances differ… though slightly. The Red Rose Oil from the U.K. has a slightly less rosy-sweet aroma, a bit more earthy-herbal. The Red Rose Oil from the U.S. is slightly sweeter, slightly more rosy in fragrance. Both are beautiful true rose aromas.

And then there are roses which are totally different in fragrance. Rose Oil from Somali has a rich, spicy fragrance. The aroma of rose is there, but the spiciness really sings out. Somali Rose Oil is also dark brown in color and is very thick (the red rose oils from the U.S. and the U.K. are slightly greenish-clear in color with thinner oily textures). Another spicy Rose Oil offered by the Reverend (ABRD) is Black Rose Oil. This Rose Oil is similar in fragrance and texture to the Somali Rose – but not quite (though almost) as sweet.

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose… in walks Rose Absolute. This Rose Oil is a pure extract which has been processed in such a way as to really bring forward an extremely fragrant rose fragrance. But there is a price for this rose extract. The EcoVillage offers a 1/3 oz. bottle of Rose Absolute oil for $200. The rose essence oils mentioned above are $15 for a 1/3 oz. bottle. Essence oils make the gifts of nature very accessible for all to receive it’s beautiful fragrances in oil form.

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose… The bounty of nature hands all – a bouquet of many roses to enjoy.

The Essence of Essential Oils

…all beings have their value…

Aromatherapy is a family name. The fragrances of nature have given birth to many, many offspring… from life-giving creations to those which are toxic. Sometimes it is difficult to know who’s who.


In the field of aromatherapy oils, there are many such siblings. There are many grades of oils such as those suited for massage oils to those used to scent toilet paper. All beings have their value. Here at the EcoVillage, over 600 oils are worked with extensively and of these – two basic types have been found to be of great benefit. First, there are the essential oils which are pure extracts of flowers, herbs, spices and resins. They tend to be very potent, volatile, and to a certain extent medicinal in aroma. Essential oils are best used diluted in some form of carrier oil base. The EcoVillage also works with essence oil (formulated by generations of essential oil makers) which have been formulated to be worn on the skin. Essence oils in their pure form, uncut and alcohol free, are long lasting, very fragrant. Some are relaxing, others stimulating and invigorating. All are excellent for aromatherapy use. Aromas evoke feelings… and feelings rule. Observe nature, inquire of the animals as to which of their senses is most important. They will let you know that their sense of smell is most vital. Smells travel deep within. Smells can enhance or debilitate one’s outlook on life. Essence oils are pleasant lingering aromas, some last even for days.


Through experience, it has been noted here at the EcoVillage that pure, undiluted essence oils evoke pleasant atmospheres which their more potent essential oil siblings simply do not. All beings have their value. Essential oils carry profound therapeutic value along their path of volatile potency. Essence oils carry lingering aromatic atmospheres along their path of expansiveness.


Many Paths. One Goal…

The Deep Secret of Frankincense and Myrrh Oils

The Deep Secret of Frankincense & Myrrh Oils

frankincense and myrrh resin
frankincense and myrrh resin
As the fragrance which a flower gives off is the breathe of the flower, the fragrance which resins exude are the life source from deep within trees…
Resins… revered since antiquity as mystical and possessing healing energies, may very well be due to this source, this life force, which flows deeply through the veins of trees in the form of sap.
Essence oils which have been extracted from Frankincense and Myrrh Resin are very spicy, thick, and have very calming affects. They are known to be excellent for meditation purposes. Frankincense resin is tapped from trees of the genus Boswellia and Myrrh resin is tapped from trees of the genus Commiphora – both have their origins in Northern Africa.
Here at the EcoVillage the Reverend (ABRD) offers Tunisian Frankincense Oil which is very thick, spicy sweet, and green in color.Sudanese Frankincense Oil is the more traditional frankincense – loosely thick, spicy, slightly pungent, and dark brown in color. The Reverend (ABRD) also offers two Myrrh Oils. Tunisian Myrrh Oil is spicy (most oils from Tunisian tend to be uniquely rich and spicy).Moroccan Myrrh Oil is the more traditional myrrh and smells slightly more herbal/spicy. And then there is Frankincense and Myrrh Oil – the two forces combined create a very potent blend which is used widely due to it‘s heightened energetic qualities. Lastly, there are Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils which are very potent and have sharp spicy medicinal aromas.
Other resinal oils offered by the Reverend (ABRD) are in the Amber family – Tunisian Amber, Thick Amber (which has the actual Amber crystals in the oil) and Tunisian Amber Blend