What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is a natural concentrate derived from a plant. It is obtained by a careful extraction, most of time by distillation. Different parts of a plant can be used: leaves, flowers, bark. Sometimes, two parts of the same plant will give two different essential oils.
What is a "chemotyped" essential oil?
A natural essential oil can be composed of hundreds of different compounds.
A chemotyped essential oil is an essential oil whose biochemical structure (the chemotype) is known. It means the producer of the oil knows exactly which different active molecules are inside the oil and their concentrations.
A chemotyped oil gives you a guarantee regarding its effectiveness and safety. They are usually described by their Latin name. This is the best way to avoid adulterated oils (an expensive oil mixed with a cheaper oil of the same family) that are sold like genuine oils.
What is a base/carrier oil?
A base/carrier oil is an oil extracted from a plant. It is very similar to the oils you are used too for cooking, such as olive oil. And you could actually use cooking oil to dilute your essential oil. However, carrier oils come from plants that have interesting properties for your skin/body, and have a rather neutral odor. Furthermore, they are usually more carefully extracted than cooking oils, notably without heating the products. These benefits make them more suitable to use for aromatherapy.
On the page of the essential oil, it is indicated that it might be irritating for sensitive skins. How can I know if it will irritate my skin?
The best solution is to do a test on a small part of your skin (avoid doing this on your face or any sensible part of your body).
- dilute one drop of essential oil in a safe carrier oil (if you have not used the carrier oil before, you must first test the carrier oil without diluting essential oil in it, to be sure you are not allergic to the carrier oil).
- apply to a small part of your skin.
- wait for 24 hours without washing this part, to see if any allergic reaction occurs (itching, red skin).
How can I use an essential oil?
There are several different methods:
- you can dilute a few drops in a carrier oil. This will give you an oil that you can use to do massage. This is especially recommended to treat skin conditions (acne, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea) or health conditions that induce local pains (arthritis, gout). It is also good to do massage after training for athletes and dancers.
- you can put a few drops of the essential oil in a bowl of hot water, and then breathe the vapor. This is the best solution to treat problems related to the respiratory tract (cold, flu, etc.)
- you can use a diffuser in the room where you live/work. This device will slowly diffuse the oil in the room. This is a super SAFE method especially good for children who are sick, so that when they sleep, they benefit from the oil. It is especially good for asthmatic people, to prevent crisis.
- you can add a few drops to your bath. This is notably useful for sleep problems, or stress/anxiety.
Can essential oils be ingested?
Some websites advise to add essential oils to your food, or to water before eating/drinking. This is not recommended, as essential oils are very concentrated and can be dangerous when used internally. The recommended methods remain the on described above, notably 1) massage using essential oils diluted in carrier oil OR 2) doing inhalations (using a bowl of steam water or with a diffuser). You could think that diluting 2 drops of essential oil in a glass of water reduces the risk. However, as you may know, oil and water do not mix well. Therefore, it could happen that small quantity of essential oil touches an internal organ in your digestive system and causes damage.
Can I use essential oils for my child?
Yes, but to be safe, we recommend you to only use the oils that are indicated as SAFE on the product's pages. We will publish soon a dedicated page regarding essential oils for children. Send us an email if you do not find it on the website.
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