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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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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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Oil profiles: Cardamom

16 January 2018

Sarah-Eve Tremblay, M. Sc. A., chimiste Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is part of the Zingiberaceae family, just like ginger, curcuma and plai. It is a perennial shrub that can reach a height of 2,5 meters with thick lateral roots on which the seeds grow. The cardamom seeds are harvested from a pod, from which they are

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Oil profiles: Balsam fir

20 December 2017

Sarah-Eve Tremblay, M. Sc. A., chimiste The fir is directly associated to the holidays frenzy. It is decorated with lights, garlands and, of course, a star on top. Often a small village is built at its foot. Its scent gives the house a festive and comforting smell. That is why, in this holiday season, we will

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