All you need to know about Essential Oils

Essential oils are not really oils. They do not contain the fatty acids that constitute what we would consider actual oil. Essential oils are a highly concentrated plant constituents possessing potent medicinal and cosmetic qualities. I consider essential oils the life force or the soul of the plant.

Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties: This makes them an excellent addition to your homemade cleaning preparations. Oils that are best for cleaning are: Lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and rosemary.
Essential oils are miniscule in molecular size, which means they are absorbed well by the skin – making them perfect ingredients in personal care items intended to heal, soften, and nourish. However, they do not accumulate in the body over time – they simply offer up their healing properties and then pass on through.
Scientific studies have shown that certain essential oil helps you mentally, physically and emotionally. A good example of this is by smelling rosemary essential oil, this helps memory recall and performance on tests. Interestingly, this study also showed that groups that inhaled either rosemary or lavender essential oil felt much more relaxed than those who inhaled no odor at all.
Fragrance oils and essential oils are NOT the same thing. As a rule of thumb, if you see the word “fragrance” or “fragrance oil” or even “perfume” on anything, you can assume this is synthetic and NOT natural (even if it says natural fragrance).
Essential oils are wholly natural and cannot be patented; which means that you’ll never see an essential oil in a pharmaceutical drug. As such, you can expect that the vast majority of mainstream healthcare practitioners will never recommend essential oils as therapeutic alternatives to drugs. More importantly, because essential oils cannot be patented, drug companies will not waste money studying them. This limits our scientific knowledge of essential oils GREATLY, and the majority of what we know about them is things that have been passed down through thousands of years of personal use and experimentation.
Enormous amounts of plants are needed to produce essential oil. In fact, on the extreme end, it takes 4000 pounds of Bulgarian roses to produce 1 pound of essential oil. Other plants like lavender only take 100 pounds of plant material to produce a pound of essential oil. Still, can you imagine how concentrated essential oils must be, in light of how many plants are used to produce them?
Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. Instead, they should be combined with “real” oils (called carrier oils), waxes, butters, alcohols, or other diluting measures. Because they’re so concentrated, if you don’t dilute, you may end up with an unfortunate reaction (and unhappy skin).
Children have much thinner, more delicate skin than adults have, and tend to be very sensitive to the potency of essential oils. In fact, even if you do use essential oil in a recipe for children, only use half of the essential oil recommended in the recipe. That’s all they’ll need, anyway.
Avoid the following essential oils while pregnant or nursing: Aniseed, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, ginger, jasmine, lemon, nutmeg, rosemary, sage (this is only a partial list of some of the more common essential oils)
Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children – and avoid contact with your eyes. This is just standard safety precautions, but must be mentioned.
Do not take essential oils internally, especially oils like wintergreen and eucalyptus. While some essential oils may be used well diluted in something like toothpaste with safety, it’s generally recognized that there’s no need to take essential oils internally. In fact, there are several toxic essential oils that should be avoided even through skin contact. Luckily, these are NOT common essential oils, and most of them you’ll never find in the store.

Examples of essential oils and their benefits:
Antibacterial: Eucalyptus, Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosewood, Pine, Tea-tree.
Antifungal: Myrrh, Tea-tree.
Antiseptic: Eucalyptus, Tea-tree, Geranium, Thyme, Lemongrass, Lavender, Pine.
Antiviral: Lemongrass, Tea-tree.
Anti wrinkle: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lavender, Ylang Ylang.
Aphrodisiac: Jasmine, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Rose, Ylang Ylang.
Balancing: Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram.
Circulatory tonic: Pine, Juniper, Rosemary, Marjoram.
Cleansing: Juniper.
Deodorant: Bergamot, Cypress, Lavender, Neroli.
Eases fatigue: Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rosewood, Thyme.
Emotional balancer: Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Marjoram.
General tonic: Rosemary, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Lavender.
Harmonizing: Lavender, Geranium, Bergamot, Rose.
Immune-stimulant: Tea-tree, Thyme.
Inhalant: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Tea-tree, Lavender, Thyme.
Mood swings: Cypress, Geranium, and Lavender.
Rejuvenating: Frankincense, Lavender, Neroli, Myrrh.
Relaxing: Lavender, Chamomile, Clary Sage.
Respiratory tonic: Frankincense, Juniper, Thyme.
Soothing: Chamomile, Ylang Ylang
Stimulant: Rosemary, Thyme.
Tonic: Rosemary, Thyme, Tea-tree.
Uplifting: Rose, Jasmine, Lavender, Ylang Ylang.
Uterine tonic: Jasmine.
Warming: Clary Sage, Marjoram.
• Never take essential oils internally. Do not swallow them. If they are accidentally swallowed, drink plenty of milk and consult your doctor.
• The following oils may discolor the skin if it is exposed to strong sunlight: Bergamot, Juniper, Lemon and Orange.
• Children and babies – Do not use Lemongrass, Thyme, Peppermint or Eucalyptus on children under three years of age. Keep essential oils out of reach of children.
• When bathing babies and young children never use essential oils undiluted because the oils can easily get into their eyes if they rub them with their hands.
• Pregnancy – If you are pregnant, only use essential oils in consultation with a qualified Aroma therapist.
Always consult a professional or advanced qualified Aromatherapist before using essentials oils.
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