All Of Your Essential Oil Questions Answered:
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are specific concentrated compounds that have been extracted from flowers, herbs, fruits and various other plants. They are extracted through the process of distillation, cold pressing, or other mechanical methods. Essential oils capture the essence of the scent and flavor of the plant they have been extracted from, thus creating unique and pleasant aromas.
How Do I Use Essential Oils?
Inhalation - this is the most popular method of use, commonly referred to as Aromatherapy. You can inhale essential oils through the use of a diffuser or nebulizer, by adding a few drops to hot water or a hot towel and inhaling the steam, or by ‘wafting’, which is the method of holding the bottle away from your face and gently wafting your hand over the open essential oil bottle towards your nostrils.
Topical Application - some essential oils can be applied to the skin, however it is recommended that you properly dilute them with the carrier oil of your choice before topical use. This is a topic of some controversy in the industry as there are a handful of essential oils, such as Tea Tree or Lavender, that can prove beneficial when applied to a small area of the skin using only 1-2 undiluted drops. However we feel that it is better to err on the side of caution rather than risk a negative skin reaction. We also recommend that you test the diluted essential oil on a small patch of skin before applying liberally to avoid any unpleasant skin reactions.
Can I Safely Ingest Essential Oils?
As a general rule of thumb it is recommended that you not ingest essential oils. There are some exceptions to this rule, but internal use should always be approached with caution and only done under the guidance of a healthcare practitioner or certified aromatherapist, especially if you are currently taking any medications.
How Do I Dilute My Essential Oils?
Diluting your essential oils has several benefits, it makes them safe for topical use, it prevents the molecules from evaporating when exposed to air, it improves the absorption of the oil, and it will make a single concentrated bottle stretch further and last longer. The most popular carrier oils are Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil. The most commonly used dilution ratios vary between 1-5% depending on age, skin-type and purpose. 1% would be 6 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil, 5% would be 30 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier. For more specific instructions we recommend that you do your own research based on your individual scenario.
How Should I Store My Essential Oils?
The average shelf life of essential oils will vary between 1-5 years depending on the specific oil, but only if they are properly stored. Sunlight, heat, and air can all cause RAPID deterioration of essential oils, so we recommend storing them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will help to ensure that your essential oils last for the full length of their shelf life without losing their potency.
Are Essential Oils Safe For Use By Or Around Children?
Many people have concerns about using essential oils around their children. When used in a diffuser or when properly diluted, essential oils can safely provide similar benefits to kids as they do for adults. However, since essential oils are highly concentrated it is important to take a few extra precautions to avoid a negative reaction from your child. If your child has any allergies or sensitivities it is important to proceed with caution when introducing a new essential oil. If utilizing an aromatherapy method like diffusion, watch for any signs of a reaction so that you may remove the child from the area immediately if necessary. When used topically it is recommended that you discuss it with a licensed practitioner first and ensure that you ALWAYS use a properly diluted version.
Are Essential Oils Safe For Use By Or Around Pets?
There is a limited amount of information available regarding the use of essential oils for or around pets. Since pets metabolize and eliminate unwanted substances very differently from their human counterparts, the use of essential oils should be approached with caution. It is a general rule that you should never give your pet essential oils internally and never apply essential oils directly to their skin or fur unless specifically directed by your veterinarian. If you plan on diffusing essential oils around your pet, it is also a good idea to discuss this with your veterinarian and to ensure that you dilute the oil properly to avoid irritating your pet’s sensitive sense of smell. If you do notice a negative reaction, remove your pet from the area immediately and contact your veterinarian. Depending on the type of pet you own, there are some essential oils that can be harmful even when diluted and used in a diffuser. We encourage you to do your own research on which essential oils to avoid based on the type(s) of pet(s) in your home.
Are Essential Oils Safe For Use By Or Around Pregnant Women?
This is a topic of some controversy due to a limited amount of research and controlled studies. The general consensus is that you should discuss the use of essential oils during your pregnancy with your doctor and if they approve, then only use pure high-quality essential oils. Be aware that there are many essential oils that can be specifically harmful during pregnancy and should always be avoided. These include but are not limited to: fennel, clary sage, basil, cinnamon, wintergreen, sage, and camphor. If you are uncertain about using essential oils during pregnancy or if you have any further questions or concerns, discuss it with your doctor and perform your own research before making your decision.
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