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Essential Oils

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Essential oils are the volatile oils extracted from plant material, usually using steam as the extraction agent.  The principal components are hydrocarbons, particularly terpenes and its associated derivatives.  The major producers worldwide are the United States, China, Brazil, India, Egypt and South-East Asia.  South Africa is a fledgling producer of certain essential oils.  There are approximately 230 different essential oils worldwide (as estimated in 1984).


Cape Mountain Oil's primary focus is on the production of organic essential oils derived from indigenous fynbos species.  We distill essential oils from plant material using steam on the farm. Most plants are propogated from cuttings which are rooted in our nursery.  At present we produce essential oils from 14 different types of plants and we have about 3 hectares of essential oil plants under production on drip irrigation.  We intend to develop our production significantly over the next few years. 


Our oils are not generally available to the public: 12 ml bottles are sold off the farm to guests, but the bulk of the oil produced is sold for resale in a South African organic range and overseas.  We are regularly assisted by our consultants, Still Pure of Riebeek-Kasteel, to whom we remain deeply grateful.

If you are interested in buying any oils, please send us an email and we can see if we can help you.

 


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