Essential oils are distilled extracts from herbs. They are natural, but you need to be cautious when buying them because there are people that sell fake essential oils which can be hazardous when applied to your skin.
Here are some tips to help you when buying essential oils:
1. Check the label
Always bear in mind that not all products that bear the word “aromatherapy” are necessarily natural. Look further in the label to ensure that you are actually seeing the words “100% essential oil.” You should also be able to see the botanic name of the plant as the source of the extract. The words “Made with Natural Ingredients” or “Made with Essential Oils” implies that the product is not pure.
2. Check the price
Pure essential oils cost a lot. You can detect that a product is not pure by its price tag. You should buy essential oils only from reputable sources.
3. Don’t buy them online
Since essential oils have a limited shelf life, you should not buy them online. One reason why you should personally buy them from stores is because you have to check their scent before actually buying them.
How to Apply Essential Oils
Essential oils are applied either by directly rubbing them to the skin through massage or by using a vaporizer, an incense or an oil burner as a means to extract their aroma. Other simple application techniques include putting a few drops in a warm bath or placing a few drops on a handkerchief or pillow for its user to inhale as a sleep inducer.
Essential oils which are applied directly on the skin need to be blended with carrier oils as undiluted or pure essential oils can cause severe irritation. Carrier oils are actually vegetable oils extracted from plants. These are used to dilute essential oils to reduce their purity which can cause irritation to some individuals.
Carrier oils extracted from sweet almond or jojoba are commonly used to blend with essential oils. But you must take note that carrier oils go rancid overtime. You have to blend only what you need to use for a limited period of time.
As a word of caution, there are certain types of essential oils which react negatively to sunlight and increase your risk of getting sunburns. You should take extra care and avoid getting exposed to the sun when you apply these essential oils. These include lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, mandarin, lime, angelica, lovage and cumin.