Essential oils are organic compounds that contain components consisting of terpenes, alcohols, aldehydes, and hydrocarbons. They are produced by essential oil plants.
Essential oils can help strengthen immunity, relieve headaches, and colds. Essential oils are popular skin and hair care products
Now the market is full of synthetics, although the label often says that it is a completely natural product. Even in pharmacies, you can often see low-quality oils. It is important to know how to choose a true essential oil that will work effectively. Otherwise, there is a risk of accidentally acquiring a low-quality product and harming your health.
Why dark glass is best for essential oils
The essential oil should be in a dark glass bubble, as some particles of the oil are susceptible to ultraviolet rays. If the oil is sold in a plastic or transparent bubble – this is an occasion to doubt its quality.
What should be written on the label
The label of the essential oil should say that it is a 100% natural product. The common name, and also the full name in Latin is required.
Pay attention to what parts of the plant the essential oil is made from. On the label of natural essential oil, the manufacturer indicates the active molecule, as well as the country of origin. So, if you buy tea tree oil, and the label says that it was produced in Germany, this should alert you. Since the tea tree does not grow in Europe, but in South Africa and Australia.
The label should also contain information on how the plant is grown from which the essential oil is obtained: wild growth, organically pure, or traditional type. In the production of the latter, pesticides and herbicides are used. If you use oil that was produced in the traditional way, there is a high risk of the presence of chemicals.
What should be the expiry date
The shortest shelf life is in citrus essential oils. It is 2-3 years.
All the rest can be stored for a long time, almost indefinitely. However, manufacturers most often indicate a period of 2-3 years.
What is a chromatogram?
You need to find out if the manufacturer has a chromatogram with the interpretation and conclusion of specialists. Chromatography is a hardware method by which you can determine the percentage chemical composition of a product. However, many firms cannot present such a document.
Over time, it will become easier for you to recognize the presence of synthetic products in the oil by smell. At the same time, experienced aromatherapists not only rely on their sense of smell, but also study the reputation of suppliers.
Why drip oil on paper
Place one drop on white paper, letting it dry. When you see an oily ring left behind, you know that this is not pure essential oil.
At the same time, note that some oils do not completely evaporate – such as incense, myrrh oil. Some also stain paper – for example, chamomile oil, patchouli, yarrow.
What happens in the composition and what is the effect of each ingredient
Orange oil tones, cleanses the skin, restores its elasticity. Please note that citrus essential oil cannot be used in its pure form. You can add such ingredients to creams and scrubs for cellulite, as well as to natural cosmetic oils, which act as a base conductor for essential oils.
Lemon oil whitens, heals, eliminates brittle nails, has antiseptic properties. It softens the skin, helps fight pigment spots, heal cracks in the skin, and also gives hair shine and silkiness.
Rosemary oil reduces the secretion of oily skin, narrows the enlarged pores, evens out the skin texture, helps make scars and scars less noticeable, fights against acne, and has an anti-cellulite effect.
Eucalyptus helps clear the breath, relieve pain. It is used for respiratory diseases, as well as to relieve fatigue and strengthen the body.
Thyme helps strengthen the endurance of the nervous system, boost the immune system, heal wounds, stimulate the brain. Thyme helps some to get rid of insomnia.
Melissa suppresses melancholy and depression restores strength, improves brain function, memory, and attention.
Tea tree oil is a remedy for acne. It is also a good antiseptic. Oil helps destroy fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Tea tree oil in its pure form, can not be used. You need to use cosmetic oil, which acts as a base conductor for essential oils.
Mint helps relieve stress, tone a tired body, restore strength. The most enjoyable use: buy peppermint oil to take relaxing baths with it.
Lavender disinfects, has anti-inflammatory and drying effects. Therefore, it is often used in the manufacture of cosmetic products for oily and combination skin. Lavender oil heals wounds and helps reduce inflammation on the skin. Lavender regulates the production of sebum. Due to this, a greasy sheen does not form, pores do not clog.
What could be the effect if you use oil in the bath
If you use aromatic oil in the bath, its effect will increase several times. The capillaries and pores of the skin expand due to heat, so beneficial particles of oils will penetrate.
Lavender, geranium, grapefruit, fir and jasmine oil cheer you up, strengthen your immune system and give you more energy. Mandarin, ylang-ylang and lemon oil will relieve nervous excitement.
Oil of eucalyptus, chamomile, peppermint, cedar, green tea, oregano or juniper will help heal wounds and get rid of inflammation on the skin.
How can I use essential oil
Before using any essential oil, you should study the instructions. It is also important to make sure that you are not allergic to such oil.
If you want to take an aromatic bath, the essential oil needs to be diluted. The basis is better to take emulsifiers or bath foam. To prepare such a bath, you need to take two tablespoons of the base and mix five drops of essential oil in it. A warm bath with the water temperature at 35 ° C should be comfortable. To achieve the best effect, you should perform about 12 procedures, every other day.
Make sure you clean the body with washcloth or scrub, before taking the bath. In this case, beneficial substances penetrate the blood faster. It is better not to rinse off the fragrant water, but to turn into a terry sheet so that the liquid can be absorbed into the skin.
Please note that essential oils are flammable. Avoid open flame, do not apply oil in its pure form to hot stones or heating elements.
Oils should not get into eyes. If this does happen, you should immediately rinse your eyes with vegetable oil, and only then with water. Essential oil is an aggressive substance for the mucous membranes. It can cause a chemical burn.
Store essential oils in a cool place.
Remember that not all aromatic oils can be combined with each other. Do not mix them. It may be dangerous. Examine the information that the manufacturer indicates on the label or in the annotation. On the Internet, you can also find tables that will help you understand which oils can be mixed and which are not.
Essential Oil Blends
How to use essential oil as a flavoring agent
You can drip 2-3 drops of essential oil into the aroma lamp or a melted candle to smell pleasantly in the room.
Some sprinkles on pillows with essential oil to smell and relax at bedtime. If you do not want to spoil the fabric, drop a couple of drops on cotton pads, and put them in a pillowcase.
What you need to remember when choosing an essential oil
- The essential oil should be in a dark glass bubble, as some particles of the oil are susceptible to ultraviolet rays.
- The label of the essential oil should say that it is a 100% natural product.
- Pay attention to what parts of the plant the essential oil is made from. On the label of natural essential oil, the manufacturer indicates which active molecule is contained in the oil, as well as its country of origin.
- The label should also contain information on how the plant is grown from which the essential oil is obtained: wild growth, organically pure or traditional type.
- You need to find out if the manufacturer has a chromatogram with the interpretation and conclusion of specialists.
- A drop of oil on paper can help you understand if the product is diluted or not.