What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from the aromatic parts of herbs, flowers, trees and grasses. They are carefully extracted through either steam distillation or cold pressing and are much more powerful than the botanicals from which they are extracted.
Used in many different ways, essential oils are able to affect a person’s well-being as well as improve the environment around them. They are most commonly used to naturally enhance bath and body products, skin care and household cleaning products.
Why Essential Oils?
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to positively influence the mind, body and spirit. From the sweet and calming aroma of lavender to the stimulating fragrance of peppermint, essential oils naturally ignite the senses and enliven the body.
ideas for use :
- add a few drops to your bath or foot soak
- blend into a lotion or body oil
- add to a room diffuser
- mix with water to create a soothing body mist
- add to unscented body wash or cleanser
Essential Oil Safety and FAQs
Essential oils are very concentrated and therefore must be handled and used with care. It’s important for the user to be knowledgeable about the oil, its properties and suggested applications before using it.
How are essential oils used?
Essential oils can be used in numerous applications which vary across oil type. Each Village Naturals Aromatherapy essential oil comes with directions and suggested use based on the specific oil.
I’ve heard the term “carrier oil” but what is it and how do I use it with an essential oil?
A carrier oil is a plant-based oil that can be used to dilute essential oils. Carrier oils help ensure comfort when you’re applying essential oils topically to skin. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil and prevents waste due to excessive application. Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or petroleum derivatives (petroleum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils.
What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation?
If redness, burning, itching or irritation occurs, stop using the essential oil immediately. If discomfort continues, seek medical advice.
Can essential oils be applied to sensitive areas?
Village Naturals Aromatherapy recommends that you avoid contact with essential oils and sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals and mucous membranes.
Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing?
As with any medical condition, it is strongly recommended that prior to use of essential oils, you seek the advice and recommendation of a health care provider.
If I have a medical condition, can essential oils interact with prescription medications?
If you have a medical condition or if you are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with a health care provider prior to using an essential oil.
Essential Oil Dilution Chart
|Drops of essential oil for 1 tsp carrier oil||1||2||3||5||10|
|Drops of essential oil for 2 tsp carrier oil||2||4||6||10||20|
|Drops of essential oil for 3 tsp carrier oil||3||6||9||15||30|
|Drops of essential oil for 4 tsp carrier oil||4||8||12||20||40|
|Drops of essential oil for 5 tsp carrier oil||5||10||15||25||50|
|Drops of essential oil for 6 tsp carrier oil||6||12||18||30||60|