Essential Oils and Aromatherapy – Getting Started

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BEGINNER BASICS:

  • Essential oils are made from the leaves, roots, flowers, seeds and other parts of plants
  • It generally takes 50 pounds of plant material to make one pound of essential oil
  • Essential oils contain no fatty acids, so they don’t go rancid like cooking oils
  • Preserve their quality by protecting them from heat, light and air – in dark bottles, tightly sealed

SAFETY TIPS:

  • Keep essential oils away from children
  • Never ingest essential oils
  • Always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil – 1 to 3 drops per teaspoon (almond, jojoba, grapeseed are a few) before using them directly on your skin
  • Keep essential oils away from your eyes and mucous membranes
  • Some oils can be very irritating to your skin – all should be spot-tested before using in a bath, massage oil, lotion or perfume
  • During pregnancy or in the presence of any medical condition certain oils should not be used – ask one of our knowledgeable employees for a brochure and consult an aromatherapy or naturopathic practitioner before using

USING ESSENTIAL OILS:

  • Essential oils can be added to lotions, shampoos and conditioners, massage oils, and the bath.
  • Use essential oils in aromatherapy diffusers, in candles, on pillows or cotton handkerchiefs
  • Create your own perfumes by blending essential oils – one drop at a time. Dilute 10 drops of the crafted scent-oil in 1 ounce of high-proof vodka

SOME FAVOURITE OILS:

  • Chamomile soothing and calming
  • Citrus scents energizing and mood-elevating
  • Eucalyptus purifying and cooling – helpful for chest coughs and colds
  • Lavender touted as the number #1 calming oil
  • Ylang ylang euphoric and sensual – an exotic light floral
  • Tea Tree cleansing, purifying, mood-elevating – antiseptic properties make it an essential first-aid oil
Posted on August 26, 2015 and filed under Product Information.