Have you ever wondered what all the hype around essential oils is? I’ll admit, before I was fully immersed in the world of holistic living and “alternative” medicine, I too wondered what essential oils were and why people were so obsessed with them! At Purlife, we’ve discovered the many benefits that essential oils can have for when used for aromatherapy and when applied topically. If you’re new to essential oils and all of the wondrous benefits that come with them, then don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of tips and ideas to help you navigate the many uses and benefits of essential oils, along with tips to help you get the most out of your essential oils. Here are essential oil tips for beginners that will make you a pro in no time.
What Are Essential Oils
Essential oils are compounds that are extracted from plants that retain the scent, flavor, and beneficial properties of the plant. These are the “essence” of the plants that produce the essential oils. Because essential oils retain the essence of the plant, they are used in a variety of ways in holistic and alternative medicine. Most commonly though, essential oils are rubbed into the skin or inhaled for aromatherapy.
Essential Oil Tips
Now that you know what essential oils are and what they are used for, it’s important to know how to store and use essential oils to ensure that they do not lose their potency.
Essential Oils Breakdown When Exposed to Air
The first thing to know about essential oils is that they have a limited shelf life. Like most fragrant items, the aroma will only last so long when it is exposed to air. Because of this, it’s important to be mindful of how long you leave a container of essential oils unattended. If you’re mixing essential oils and coming up with concoctions of your own, be mindful of your essential oils and how long they are exposed to the air.
Store Essential Oils in Small Glass Bottles
Because essential oils break down when they are exposed to the air, it’s best to:
• Purchase essential oils in small quantities. Don’t buy bulk here, you’ll only waste money.
• Store essential oils in small (glass) containers. You do not want the essential oils to react with mystery chemicals or remnants that get left behind in porous containers made from plastics. Additionally, some essential oils may break down plastics, so it is best to go with glass.
Dilute Oils Before Use
Essential oils are very concentrated and as a result can be very potent. It is best to dilute essential oils with vegetable oils, bath oils, and even creams in order to minimize the risk of having a skin reaction. How much you dilute the essential oils is up to you, but most of the time essential oils are diluted to the point where you are only using 1% to 5% of the essential oils.