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Lemon Essential Oil CO2 Extraction Method & CO2 Extraction Equipment

Application of supercritical CO2 fluid extraction
Lemon Essential Oil CO2 Extraction Equipment

CO2 Extraction Method for Lemon Oil


Lemon peel are washed and disinfected, dried at low temperature (not higher than 50°C), pulverized into powder, passed through a 50 mesh sieve, and stored in a desiccator for later use.

CO2 Extraction

Put the lemon peel powder into the CO2 extraction kettle; assemble it according to the procedure, check the airtight performance of the entire extraction system, and after the system is well airtight, adjust When the temperature and pressure reach predetermined values, extraction is carried out under supercritical conditions, and the experiment reaches the required time.

The volatile oil of lemon peel powder is collected, and the extraction rate is calculated.

Supercritical CO2 extraction method
Supercritical CO2 extraction method

Lemon Oil CO2 Extraction Process

  • Granularity: 50 mesh;
  • Extraction pressure: 250 bar;
  • Extraction temperature: 35℃;
  • Separation pressure: 100 bar;
  • Separation temperature: 60℃;
  • Time: 90 minutes
  • Eucalyptus oil extraction rate: 5.05%.
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lemon essential oil co2 extraction equipment

Distillation of lemon essential oil

Take the crushed lemon powder, pass it through a 50-mesh sieve, put it in a 2000mL round-bottom flask, add 1000mL of distilled water, extract it with a volatile oil extractor for 8 hours, extract the volatile oil with petroleum ether, add anhydrous sodium sulfate to the extract to dry, filter, and evaporate. Petroleum ether to obtain light yellow volatile oil, the extraction rate is O. 46%.

Supercritical CO2 extraction equipment
Supercritical CO2 extraction equipment

Lemon Essential Oil CO2 Extraction Method VS Distillation

The volatile components of the volatile oil obtained by extracting lemon peel by two methods are different. The main component of the lemon essential oil obtained by CO2 extraction is palmitic acid with weak volatility and relatively large relative molecular weight;

The main component of lemon essential oil obtained by distillation is D-limonene with strong volatility and small relative molecular weight. Both chemical components are confirmed by standard products.

It is worth noting that both the lemon essential oil obtained by CO2 extraction method and the lemon essential oil obtained by distillation method have a high content of 2-methylamino-benzoic acid methyl ester, indicating that these two methods can extract this ester component. .

The extraction rate of lemon essential oil by CO2 extraction is much higher than that by distillation.

CO2 Extractio Method

There are a total of 7 processes in the common CO2 extraction method:

  1. Biomass drying
  2. Grinding
  3. Fill Biomass
  4. Pressurize with CO2
  5. Run in Closed Loop
  6. Periodically
  7. Depressurize
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supercritical CO2 extraction process diagram
Supercritical CO2 extraction method
Low temperature drying for roses

Biomass (flowers, leaves, seeds, rhizomes, etc.) is much easier to buck when it includes less than 10% moisture.
Dry biomass to moisture content below 10%.
As an alternative to machinery, many farmers let their crops dry in the field. This works well as long as the harvest time is cool and dry.

Supercritical CO2 extraction method
Grinding for cannabis

Once the biomass has been dried, it is granulated. In general, smaller particles (30-80 mesh) are desirable and tighter particle diameter distributions are better for extraction throughput.
Important: Before grinding (pulverizing) large chunks of biomass, it needs to be divided into flakes and sent to a pulverizer for grinding. This avoids the high temperature generated by the high-speed pulverization of biomass in the pulverizer, which destroys the characteristics of the extract and loses part of the essential oil.

CO2 extractor
CO2 extracting kettle

Load Extraction Vessel with biomass.

Bring each vessel to working pressure using CO2 from supply cylinders.

In Extraction Vessel, compounds are pulled from biomass into solution.
Solvent (CO2) is boiled out of solution in Separator 1.
Evaporated CO2 is condensed into liquid and stored in Accumulator.

Supercritical CO2 extraction method
Supercritical CO2 extraction method

Open valve on the separator to collect extract.

After allotted run time, system is depressurized by releasing CO2 through Separator 3.

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Lemon essential oil supercritical CO2 extraction equipment

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil is benefit rich and can help with a wide variety of ailments. It is known for its calming properties, is an antifungal and astringent. Not only does it treat coughs, fatigue, infections, nausea, oral health, and respiratory issues, it may also be effective at fighting tumors.

Start your day refreshed with a drop of Lemon Essential Oil or try it in a diffuser mixture.

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