ESSENTIAL OILS 101
Essential oils are found in stems, roots, seeds, bark, leaves and flowers of plants. They are the natural aromatic compounds or the "fragrance" of the plant that are both powerful and potent. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many different cultures for their abilities to uplift moods, ease tension, calm senses and support emotions.
Essential oils can be used as effective household cleaners, used in your beauty routines, and incorporated into everyday life.
They are wonderful to use in cooking for making unique dishes or used to flavor drinking water .
Essential oils are naturally safe and have very few undesirable effects if used as directed. They are powerful and concentrated and should be used with care.
HOW TO USE THEM
There are 3 ways oils can be used:
AROMATICALLY: Through the use of a diffuser, inhaling directly from bottle or by placing 1-2 drops of oil in your hands, cupping over nose and mouth followed by taking a few deep breaths.
TOPICALLY: Applying directly to skin or area of concern. Most oils should be diluted with a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil, when applied to skin. (Especially children) Stay away from sensitive areas, mostly eyes and inside of the ears. Common application sites are the soles of feet, back of neck, temples, wrists and down the spine. For more about dilution ratios see "Safety" tab.
INTERNALLY: Applies to pure, therapeutic grade oils. Can be added to drinking water, recipes or added to veggie capsules to be taken orally. Make sure your oil bottle has a nutritional fact label. (1-2 drops of oil is usually sufficient)
When essential oils are sourced many factors come into play, including region and soil conditions. Using plants that are sourced in their natural environments and terrain, are harvested during the right time of year and are of the correct species ensures the quality of the oils.
Many companies on the market today will claim to be "pure" but are full of synthetic material that serves no benefit and can cause more harm than good.
As a consumer, you have to be vigilant in your research. Be careful of false labeling and misleading information. Never purchase from sites like Amazon.