Getting To Know Virgin Plant Oils and Macerates
A virgin oil is the first pressing of cold pressed nuts, fruits, or seeds that have not been chemically refined. Cold pressing allows the plant material to retain its natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids. The first pressing of the plant material is the most potent and nutrient dense, and therefore the most prized. Not all plants can be cold pressed, however, and that is when we use a process called “macerating”.
Macerating has existed for hundreds of years and is a quite simple though lengthy process. A macerate is obtained by immersing the plant or plant parts in a high quality base oil, usually sunflower seed oil, and letting the plant material infuse the oil for several weeks.