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An Atypical Vetiver

25 February 2019

Benoit Roger, Ph. D. & Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., Chemist Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides, syn. Chrysopogon zizanioides) is one of the essential oils we receive the most often for analysis. This is also one of the most complex oil to analyse as it contains almost only sesquiterpenoids among which a lot of unknown compounds with poor

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Popularization

100% Identification?

26 January 2019

Popularization – Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste Analysis reports for essential oils profiles most often report some total of the compounds identifications. In our reports, as in scientific literature, the total almost never makes it to 100%. However, many other testing laboratories consistently report that they identified 100% of their oils in routine. How is

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Plant profiles

2018 Summer Distillations

8 January 2019

Sylvain Mercier, M. Sc., chimiste At PhytoChemia, we always like to seek around us to find interesting plants to distill. This summer, we performed several distillations of different plants. You will find in this blog post a summary of our 2018 summer distillations along with the general composition of essential oils that we obtained, their

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Agarwood Oil: a Few Characteristic Compounds

20 November 2018

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste – Popularization Agarwood: one of the most prized, rare, and exotic essential oils. We have discussed on these pages earlier the most common problem encountered with this material on the market, that is, serial dilutions with carriers. But what is to be expected into agarwood oil itself? There have been

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Activities and Events

First Inventory of Pests and Diseases in Cannabis and Hemp Crops in Canada

21 September 2018

Laurie Caron, M.Sc. Chimiste In collaboration with Biopterre, the Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale and the University of Moncton, Phytochemia is proud to present a new research project on the identification of the pests ans diseases affecting the production of cannabis and hemp in Canada.  The main objective of this project is to generate the

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Essential Oil Card

About Canadian Wintergreen

3 July 2018

By Benoit Roger, Ph. D. Always looking for a deeper knowledge of our surrounding plants, we recently distilled eastern teaberry or American wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) freshly harvested in our local boreal forest (Saguenay, QC, Canada). Leafs of wintergreen and beginning of the distillation   The crushed leaves of eastern teaberry has an odor that is

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Popularization

The other Side of Oils: Vegetable Oils and Fatty Acids Profiles

19 June 2018

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste – Popularization Quality control of essential oils is an important issue in the worlds of flavour & fragrances and aromatherapy. But most of the time, these oils are not used pure. It is in fact recommended to dilute them prior to use, and a logical and popular solution to that

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Oil Profiles: Dill

17 May 2018

Sarah-Eve Tremblay, M. Sc. A., chimiste This week, we would like to talk about a very aromatic plant with a characteristic smell: dill (Anethum graveolens). This fragrant plant resembles the fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and both plants present a strong scent. The two species are part of the Apiaceae family. Dill can reach a height of

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