The history of essential oils dates back to before our era, and is closely linked to the medicine, rites, religion, myths, discoveries of alchemists, and perfume stories of ancient countries. And what exactly are essential oils? It is a completely natural natural product extracted directly from plants.
During biochemical processes, essential oils are formed in various parts of the plant: leaves (mint, eucalyptus), flowers (roses, chamomile, jasmine), seeds (cumin, fennel) or bark (cinnamon). In other words, essential oils are extremely volatile organic compounds that enter the body through the skin, respiratory tract and mucous membranes.
It is because of their special chemical composition that essential oils have a therapeutic effect. They have a positive effect on both the physical (for example, the immune system) and those on the emotional state - behavior, mood, ability to work.
Why is quality important?
Quality essential oil will always be 100% natural, pure and unmodified, i. y. without any impurities. Of course, in order to extract truly high-quality essential oil, the plant growth cycle, climate and soil are very important.
The highest quality essential oils are extracted from plants grown without any fertilizer, only in the wild, on special organic farms, and must be collected by hand only.
Distillation of plants must also be closely monitored. The manufacturer inspects the entire essential oil extraction process in the laboratory, evaluates and tests each batch of essential oils. Only the highest quality natural essential oils are certified.
The Latin name of the plant from which the oil was distilled must also appear on the packaging. It is very important to indicate from which part of the plant the oil is extracted and how it is extracted. Also, when buying oil, pay attention to the country or region where the oil originates. Undoubtedly, quality essential oils are not cheap.
How to use essential oils?
There are many ways to use essential oils. The most popular are:
Lubrication. Essential oils can be used topically, i. y. on the skin. This method of using essential oils is perfect for injuries, pain or skin problems. When using essential oils with a base oil, it is recommended to apply to the skin in case of bruises, cuts and scratches.
Inhalation. Essential oils can be inhaled. It is recommended to use a personal portable inhaler or diffuser for inhalation. It’s a great way to deal with many emotional issues. To soothe, try lavender essential oil. If good, deep sleep is important to you, pay attention to vetiver essential oil. In fact, there are many great essential oils, the most important thing to try and so you will discover the most suitable for you.
Why is it necessary to mix with base oil?
It is necessary to dilute essential oils whenever we want to apply them on the skin! Simply put, essential oils must be diluted before use to reduce adverse reactions and systemic toxicity. Otherwise, it can easily cause short-term or long-term side effects, so it’s better not to take risks.
Base oil is a pure, natural, vegetable oil designed to be blended with essential oils to be safely applied to the skin.
The most popular base oils are:
What else is important to know?
The use of some essential oils is not recommended if you are ill or taking medication.
Essential oils with estrogenic, emenagogical properties, such as anise, tarragon, yarrow and others, are also unsuitable for pregnant and lactating women.
People with blood clotting problems should avoid cloves, cinnamon bark and leaves, fennel, oregano and other essential oils.
Children under the age of 10 may be more sensitive to essential oils, so make sure the essential oil is safe for children. It is best to use a special line designed specifically for children, such as Plant Therapy Kid Safe.