Essential Oil FAQ
- What are essential oils?
Essential oils are steam distilled oils that are derived from all nature plant sources. The distillation process uses the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, etc to create highly concentrated oil that is the very essence of the flower or plant it is derived from.
- Are essential oils the same as fragrance/perfume oils?
No. Essential oils are all natural highly concentrated oils derived from either a steam distillation, cold pressed, solvent extraction or CO2 extraction process that utilizes the entire plant. Fragrance/perfume oils are a blend of natural and synthetic oils that facsimile a scent. These oils do not possess any of the therapeutic benefits that essential oils offer.
- How do essential oils work?
Essential oils have a very tiny molecular structure. Much smaller than other oils like peanut or olive oil. These tiny molecules evaporate very quickly and can be absorbed very efficiently into the body through the lungs. The essential oils can easily be absorbed into body tissues and cell walls including the blood-brain barrier affecting mood and creating a physiological response. These oils are also transdermal which aids in quick absorption through the skin and quick circulation around the body especially when applied to the feet.
- Can essential oils really help boost your immune system and kill different kinds of fungi, bacteria and viruses?
Yes. Extensive studies show that essential oils like tea tree may take longer to kill off fungi, bacteria and viruses but they are just as effective and have no adverse side-effects. Studies suggest using essential oils as a preventative but they are equally as effective as a cure.
- Are essential oils antioxidants?
Yes, essential oils are a great topical source of antioxidants. For example an ounce of clove oil has the same amount of antioxidants as 450 pounds of carrots, 120 quarts of blueberries or 48 gallons of beet juice. Remember to consult an experienced professional before ingesting any essential oils.
- What essential oils can be used as antioxidants?
Clove, ginger, garlic, cinnamon leaves have some of the highest concentrations of antioxidant properties. Lemon, sweet orange, white/pink grapefruit and other citrus essential oils are also very high in antioxidants. According to studies black pepper essential oil had the lowest amount of antioxidant properties but every essential oil has some antioxidant properties. Remember to consult an experienced professional before ingesting any essential oils.
- Do essential oils have a grading system like beef?
No they do not. Essential oils that are marked as 100% pure or therapeutic grade essential oils are considered the highest purity and quality available.
- What grade of essential oil do we sell?
We sell 100% all natural pure essential oils that are not diluted with any other oils. Because ours are not diluted most essential oils we sell will need to be blended with one of our products so they will be topically safe and non-irritating.
- Are essential oils ingestible?
Yes. Almost all essential oils are considered “safe for consumption” or “food additive safe” by the FDA. Remember that dilution may be necessary so as not to cause tissue irritation and to consult an experienced professional or your Doctor before ingesting any essential oils.
- Why do some essential oils have topical use warnings?
With the exception of Lavender and Chamomile essential oils all other essential oils should be diluted to 5% concentration in carrier oil. That equates to 40 drops of the essential oil mixed with 1 ounce of carrier/body oil, lotion or base.
- Are essential oils safe to use during pregnancy?
Essential oil use is considered safe after the first trimester of pregnancy. While most essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy there are a few wonderful exceptions. Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemon, White/Pink Grapefruit and Sweet Orange. Remember to consult your Doctor or an experienced professional before using any Essential Oils during pregnancy.
- Are Essential oils safe to use on newborns, infants and children?
Yes. Almost every essential oil is safe for use on newborns, infants and children. It is recommended to dilute these oils to 1% in a good body/carrier oil, lotion or base and always keep the pure oils out of reach of children. This equates to about 6 drops of essential oil mixed with 1 ounce of carrier/body oil. Remember to consult your Pediatrician or an experienced professional before using any essential oils on newborns, infants and children.
- Can the elderly use essential oils?
Yes. It is recommended that a 1% dilution be used for the topical application of essential oils. Aromatherapy is very effective for the elderly because it can help enhance wellbeing and combat depression. Therapeutic massage using essential oil is very healing and is also helps prevent some of the injuries common among the elderly. Remember to consult a Doctor or an experienced professional before using any essential oils on the elderly.
- Are essential oils safe to use during cancer treatments?
Yes but. Essential oil aromatherapy can be a very effective way to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with cancer treatments but it is important to note that essential oils can interact negatively with some cancer treatments. Chemotherapy: Topical application of essential oils is acceptable for up to two days before treatment and can be resumed 10 days after final treatment. Peppermint oil is acceptable for inhalation to combat nausea during and after treatment. Radiation Therapy: It is important to remember that phototoxic essential oils can change the color of the skin during radiation treatments. Aromatherapy inhalation is the best method for using essential oils during these treatments. Remember to consult your Doctor or an experienced professional before using any essential oils during any cancer treatments.
- Can I use essential oils to clean my house?
Yes. Essential oils blended with all natural soaps or cleansers such as borax or baking soda make fantastic all natural non-toxic cleaners for every space in your home. The internet is filled with great natural cleaning recipes. The most popular essential oils to use are Lavender, Tea – Tree, Lemon Eucalyptus and Peppermint.
- What are essential oil synergy blends?
These are special combinations of essential oils blended for specific needs. These special synergy blends enhance the aromatherapy, topical, medicinal and holistic properties that a single essential oil could not provide.
- Can I mix synergy blends or add other essential oils to them?
Yes. You can always mix multiple synergy blends or add any other essential oil to our synergy blends. For example to make a great insomnia cure blend 50% Anxiety and Depression Synergy Blend with 25% Sweet Orange and 25% White Grapefruit.
- Are all essential oils the same? Are there different kinds of lavender or chamomile?
There are several different types of Lavender, Chamomile and many other essential oils. There are two different types of regional Chamomile that have different aromatherapy properties. (Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile)
- Do essential oils have a shelf life or expiration date?
Yes. Most 100% pure essential oils have a one year shelf life from the date of purchase. This is a therapeutic shelf life because the oils do not go rancid rather they oxidize and slowly lose therapeutic value. Citrus oils have a 6 month to a year shelf life. All oils can be kept fresh by limiting exposure to air, moisture, heat and sunlight. We use brown tinted bottles to protect our oils from UV exposure. There are exceptions. Thicker oils such as Patchouli, Vetiver and Sandalwood actually mature and become more effective as they age.
- What is “Medieval Thief Blend”?
According to popular belief a group of 15th century thieves created a blend of essential oils that protected them from the plague while they robbed those who were dying or deceased. This is a very effective blend because of the antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infectious properties that boost the immune system. This blend is best applied “neat” directly to the bottom of the feet.