Latin Names and Extracts
Sometimes I get questions that are really good. Here is a couple of good ones.
Kent King can you please explain the difference between the following:
1. anthemis nobilis flower oil vs chamaelmelum nobile - when I google it comes up that they are the same plant with a different name, that doesn't make sense to me? Why the change?
2. Is is it common in blends to use an extract (Lavender extract) and why would you?
Concerning item #1- Yes they are the same. Many times a given plant will have different names, usually because of where they are grown or what they are known as in the various areas of the world. Herbalists/Botanists/Aromatherapists, etc., are all pretty much the same. Most of us will know this plant as Roman Chamomile. A very good and extremely useful plant. Anyway, These people will argue over the most simplistic and dumbest issues ever. It is hard for them to agree on many points. So you end up with different names. Plus at times the difference is somewhat legit. Mostly it is due to a name change or to some technical issue or even just because the majority of people desires it. I don't get too freaked over it as I can't do anything about it. I figure that as long as I think I know what is going on, then I just live with it. LOL. Even if I don't I still just have to live with it and just react.
Then #2- An extract is usually different from say a common oil, IE; Lavender Extract is not the same as Lavender EO. An extract is usually a substance that is derived from the sourced plant, but is done in such a way as to focus on pulling out a given component or a few specific components. A number of different agents or tools are used to extract and to keep the extraction in suspension or to hold the extraction. The determination of the use of the extract or not to use, is usually based on the desired outcome and personal desires. Sort of like a cook in a kitchen.
Sometimes there is rhyme and reason to why they are used or not used, sometimes there is no rhyme or reason. However, from my experience, I see a pattern of perfumers, soapers, and foodies, using extracts more often than medicinal blenders might use them. As to Leiann and myself. She is really good at Perfuming, Foodie, and the Medicinal stuff and so-so as a soaper. Me, I am kind of OK as a Perfumer, out to lunch on the foodie thing and as a soaper, but, I can hold my own as a medicinal. She will use them on occasion, I never do. Then again, the next medicinal blender that you come across will use them.
The foodies will tend to use an extract more often than all of the other groups combined, Keep in mind that an extract is a very good item, nothing wrong with them. I have made my own and used extracts for specific clinical purposes on the herbal side, so I should say that I never use them in essential oil blends. Too complicated for my taste in that setting. In my situation, just a preference.
Does that paint a picture that makes any sense?