Ginger Lily Absolute (Hedychium coronarium)
Ginger Lily CO2 (Hedychium coronarium) from India
This Ginger Lily Absolute is extracted from the fresh rhizomes (roots). It has a great, vibrant aroma.
Hedychium is a genus of flowering plants in the ginger family Zingiberaceae, native to lightly wooded habitats in Asia. The genus name Hedychium is derived from two ancient Greek words, hedys meaning “sweet” and chios meaning “snow.” This refers to the fragrant white flower of the type species H. coronarium. Common names include garland flower, ginger lily, and kahili ginger.
Did you know that an absolute is technically not an actual essential oil, even though it may contain many of the same constituents as a true essential oil?
By definition, the only true essential oils are those extracted by either steam distillation or expression.
Technically speaking neither absolutes nor CO2 extracts are essential oils, although both processes extract most of the same aromatic constituents that make up essential oils. In addition, both methods may extract constituents that are not found in essential oils.
Like essential oils, both have beautiful fragrances and in some cases the fragrances of absolutes and CO2 extracts may be closer to that of the fragrance of the plant in nature.
You may wish to also view our Ginger Lily CO2 Extract.
Standard precautions for essential oil usage apply. In addition, use sparingly and always dilute for application to the skin due to methyleugenol content: maximum dermal concentration of 0.02% is recommended by Tisserand & Young (2014) and lower levels (0.0004% for leave-on products) by IFRA.Essential Oil Safety Considerations