Herbal Oil Production
Herbal oil production is part of alternative medicine and beauty industry. The oil is used to treatment hair problems, provides hair luster and perfect as a skin care lotion. Made from different vegetative herbal extracts the extraction process is via solvent extraction method, steam or pressure depending on the manufacturer.
Herbal products in most countries are not properly regulated however they have food and drug identification number. To start the business an investor needs to learn the types of raw materials, understand the extraction process have business background and marketing skill.
Amount of startup depends on the size of the operation, type of extraction machinery, legality, marketing, cost of raw materials, transportation and labor.
Why Herbal Oil Products
Herbal oil products are driven by market demand or green revolution. A good substitute for mainstream products their cosmetic value is appreciated. Similar to regular oils they are promoted for their “natural quality” antiseptic properties, hair and skin care value.
Herbal oil production industry is huge amounting for billions of dollars in sales worldwide. Hardly regulated, herbal oil product manufacturers make huge profit margins with low overhead.
Herbal Oil Production Process
There are different extraction methods used by herbal oil producers. However herbal oil production process is same as mainstream beauty product extraction process. The process goes through distillation then expression to solvent extraction or floral extraction method.
Common techniques are mixing of ingredients, heat treatment, condensation and filtration. The quality control or standardization is strictly left to the manufacturer’s discretion. It is important to have good packaging a good brand name, batch number, expiration day and address of manufacturing company.
Raw Materials in Herbal Oil production
Every herbal oil has its own unique identity, raw materials or ingredients. Because of competition, poor standardization or regulation, practitioners tend to hide core ingredients. Common ingredient in herbal oil production are bark, seeds, and rhizome, wood, leaves, roots, peels, flowers, resins, bark.
Flowers, Seeds, Peels in Herbal Oil production
Different kinds of flower is commonly used in herbal oil. They include lavender, jasmine, sage, scented geranium even Indian hemp. Others extracts include lavender, cloves, hops, orange or rose flower.
Peel ingredients in herbal oils are bergamot, grapefruit, tangerine, lime, grape and lemon. Different types of seeds, roots or wood are added to the mix. Common ones are cedar, sandalwood, rosewood extracts while seeds include flax, cumin, anise, flax or nutmeg.
Leaves are the most commonly used ingredients in herbal oil extraction process. Common leaves are basil, cinnamon, bay leaf, guava leaf. Extracts are also gotten from lemon grass, tea tree, peppermint or long grass.
Extracts are taken from flowers, seeds, peels, leaves.
- scented geranium
- Indian hemp
- rose flower
Roots or wood
- bay leaf
- guava leaf
- lemon grass
- tea tree
- long grass
Machinery used for Herbal Oil Extraction
Herbal oil producers use either tubes or bottles for the products. Tube products require tube filling equipment while bottle oils need mould PET equipment. Other equipment include oil extraction machinery, mixers, filling machines, labeling, screwing equipment, emulsifiers, and grinders.
- Tube filling equipment
- PET equipment
- Oil extraction machinery
- Mixers filling
- Screwing equipment
Herbal Oil Production Registration and Licensing
Apart from basic standardization or testing the product needs a food and drug administration number. Make sure the label has relevant information like ingredients, date of manufacturer, expiring date and contact address.
Next register a limited liability company, get insurance, tax identification number. If the formula is original or unique try to patent the formula or brand. Other things to consider is joining an herbal production association, get trade manufacturers license
Marketing the Herbal Oil
Herbal oil market is polarized and very challenging. This is because of the numerous brands in the market. A small/medium scale producer will face stiff competition from established brands.
Ways to attract patronage are advertisement on television, radio, online. Build a dedicate ecommerce store or website to sell the products online. Make sure the ecommerce site has a shopping kart easy payment system.