There is a lot of difference between Botanical Powders and Botanical Extracts. Many of them say that they both are the same, which is partially right but when it comes to production and processing, they vary. Though the raw materials of both Botanical Powders and Botanical Extracts are the same, they are very different from each other.
The main difference lies in how the raw material is processed to get the final product. In simple terms, Botanical Powders are a Grounded/Pulverised form of the raw materials whereas the production of Botanical extract involves a much more complicated process. Botanical Powders are used widely in several industries like food, Nutraceuticals, Pharmacy, cosmetics, et cetera due to which there has been an increase in the demand for botanical powders. Due to the increase in the demand for botanical powders large variety of powders are available from various suppliers all over the globe.
Therefore purchasing the right quality of product from the right supplier becomes very crucial. These are some of the points that one must keep in mind when purchasing botanical powders. Having experience of more than 100 years J.K. Botanicals excels in all the above criteria be it sourcing of high-quality crops, processing, storing/warehousing, and shipping.
Let us learn some basics about botanical powders and their extractions.
Botanical Powders are natural powders that are meant to be used in cosmetics for their benefits to the skin. Botanical powders have benefits ranging from cleansing, moisturizing, and smoothing the skin. Botanical extracts are concentrated plant materials had healing properties, which have been extracted through a variety of methods like steam-sterilized treatment or distillation, or solvent extraction. Powders like Papaya leaves contain important nutrients such as vitamins A, B1, C, and E, calories, protein, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, iron for Vitality, increasing Immunity & platelets. The leaf juice has an important enzyme called “Papain” that aids in digestion by breaking down the proteins naturally.
Botanical ingredients are plant extracts and their oil derived from flowers, herbs, nuts, seeds, roots, leaves, barks, and berries. Many extracts and oil have incredible healing and rejuvenating properties that work wonders for a range of skin issues from acne to aging concerns.
Immune-active botanicals, such as echinacea, strengthen, and tone immune functions. Antioxidant botanicals, such as green tea, prevent cancer, slow aging, and maintain cardiovascular functions.
Here are the production process involved in Botanical Powders.
Best quality botanical ingredients are harvested from farmers across the country and brought to the processing plant. It is then cleaned thoroughly to remove all foreign matter and passed through the Sortex machine. After cleaning, it is checked for moisture content, if found, ingredients are further oven-dried to ensure it is free from moisture to avoid lumps in the final product.
After ensuring that the ingredients are free from moisture, the next crucial step is to convert the raw materials into powder form. The raw material is processed with the help of Pulverizer/Grinding machines to convert it into the desired powder form. The Coarseness/Fineness of a powder can be customized according to the requirements of the customer. Further to get rid of bacteria and pathogens botanical powders are given steam treatment, thereby completing the production process.
Production of botanical extracts involves a different process. Raw materials are cleaned and then dissolved in a natural solvent. After keeping for some time it then moves on to the filtration process where all the waste solid residues (fibers, proteins, minerals) are separated. After the filtration process, the solvent and rest of the water are evaporated and the dry extract is obtained. The manufacturing of botanical extracts is a lengthy process and the yield obtained is also less. Botanical Powders contain peak levels of active bio ingredients whereas botanical extracts are highly concentrated. Depending upon their application both of them are used in various industries like Food, Pharmacy, Nutraceuticals, Cosmetics, et cetera.