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Aromatherapy uses a blend of plant oils to create scents which alter the mind and body. The oils come from plants such as herbs, flowers, and other common plants. They can be used in a variety of different ways. Sometimes these plants are put in shampoos, lotions, astringents, candles, and air fresheners . These are just a few of the many interesting ways plants can be used to help create a mood. Some plants not only work towards altering an illness the body has but they can also put a person in a particular mood such as relaxed, invigorated, calm, etc.
For centuries essential oils have been considered the most theraputic and rejuvenating of all botanical extracts. They are highly concentrated, regenerating, oxygenating and contain hormones, vitamins, and antiseptics that work on many levels. It has become very mainstream now to put plants with beneficial properties into products because of the stress many people in society face. One of the most popular new types of scents in aromatherapy are items that have green tea in them. For example, Elizabeth Arden's popular perfume line, Green Tea, can be purchased at major department stores and offers not only the perfume but tantalizing "body slush", lotion, and body shower gel. This scents is spicy but also light and refreshing. What smells good is very individual and I encourage everyone interested in aromatherapy to test out different scents and see which one is right individually.
Aromatherapy works in two ways: through the sense of smell or inhalation and through the skin during massage or bathing. Essential oils are very concentrated and should be used with care and respect.Always dilute for use on the skin. The exception to this rule is with Lavender and Tea Tree which may be applied neat (undiluted) one drop to the area. Remember Less IS More. When using essential oils, use the smallest amount of essential oils that will get the job done. If one drop will get the job done, for example, don't use two drops. For theraputic results purchase only high quality oils.
Keep out of reach of children and away from pets.Do not ingest by mouth.
Essential oils should not be taken internally. Essential oils are flammable.
Please keep them out of the way of fire hazards.
Some oils can cause sensitization or allergic reactions in some individuals. When using a new oil for the first time, do a skin patch on a small area of skin. Place a small amount of the diluted essential oil on the inside of your elbow and apply a bandage. Wait 24 hours to see if there is a reaction. Discontinue use if there is any form of reaction.
Proceed carefully and with guidance if the following conditions exist :
Pregnancy,you may want to avoid all essential oils during your pregnancy.Generally speaking, all EOs that contain a reasonable amount of ketones need to be used with care during Pregnancy. So you might want to check the chemical composition (major components) in each of the EOs in which you are most interested. We recommend a good aromatherapy book for specific information.
High blood pressure, epilepsy, open wounds, diabetes, rashes, neurological disorders, doctor prescribed medications or homeopathic remedies.
Do not apply undiluted to the skin, dilute in a pure vegetable carrier oil...
(Earth Tribe oils are already diluted in a 3% solution of macademia nut oil.)
Special care with photosensitive oils: The following oils can cause severe sun sensitivity:
Bergamot and Rue, very strong, Cumin, Lime, Mandarine, Lemon, Tangerine, Orange, Verbena (moderate),
Angelica, Caraway, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark,Grapefruit, Honeysuckle absolute, Laurel Leaf Abs., Patchouli (mild),
Virginia Cedarwood, Dill weed, and Petitgrain (very mild.)
For treatments of health ailments, please seek diagnosis and recommendations from a licensed medical practitioner.
These safety guidelines are not a complete safety reference for the proper use of essential oils. When in doubt, consult your physician and/or a qualified and trained aromatherapy practitioner
Even William Shakespeare knew the virtues of aromatherapy. You may have heard of aromatherapy; chances are, you're quite familiar with it already. Aromatherapy can uplift depressed minds, relax and calm stressed bodies, relieve pain, aid memory, relieve cold symptoms, calm fussy children, deter fleas from pets, and generally contribute to the well-being of the human body.
Plants, including flowers, tree woods, bushes and roots, get their aromas from the essential oils they naturally contain. These oils are extracted from the plants in various ways. The oils, which are highly concentrated, may either be directly inhaled or applied (diluted) directly to the body. Essential oils literally have hundreds of uses, from the sincerely practical to the delightfully frivolous. The bottom line is this: most people agree that "good smells" are pleasant and uplifting. That reason alone, the positive effect on mood and emotion, is good enough to delve into some aromatherapy.
Used properly, most essential oils are generally safe and nontoxic to humans and pets. One general rule of thumb is this: never ingest, or apply directly to your skin, a pure undiluted essential oil. They are far too strong and concentrated. A single drop of pure, undiluted oregano essential oil spilled onto the skin can leave a scar. Essential oils are best treated with care. Always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil, lotion, misting solution, or whatever you desire. Please see "Cautionary Words and WARNINGS" for important information.
How do they get the oils out of the plants? In some cases, it is a simple process. Citrus essential oils, such as bergamot, clementine, tangerine, sweet orange, lemon, litsea cubeba, grapefruit, lime, and mandarin, are usually cold-pressed from the peels. Bergamot and clementine tend to be more expensive than the other citrus oils, however, because the fruits are grown in limited geographical regions and because it takes so many of these tiny fruits to derive a viable quantity of essential oil.
Most other essential oils are steam distilled, a process which not only separates the essential oil from the plant, but creates a fragrant water by-product, called a hydrolat. Some people call these hydorsols, but actual hydrosols are really just essential oils added to distilled water.
In some cases, where the essential oils don't separate easily from the plant, or where steam distillation destroys the essential oil, another process, solvent extraction, is used. The plant is treated with a solvent which attracts the essential oil molecules. The solvent is then "washed away" by a vacuum process. The resultant "essential oil" is called a "concrete" or "absolute." Jasmine is most often solvent-extracted, as the delicate essential oil is highly volatile.
We sell steam-distilled or cold-pressed essential oils. We only sell solvent-extracted essential oils if that is the only means by which the essential may be extracted, such as jasmine. Any solvent-extracted essential oils are clearly noted.
Some plants simply don't give up their fragrances. The essential oils of such plants are so delicate and volatile that any process which separates them from the plant destroys them. Such plants include lily of the valley, lotus blossom, and magnolia. Be skeptical of any vendor claiming to sell pure essential oils of these flowers. Some excellent quality synthetics are available but keep in mind, they are indeed replicas of the real thing. Carnation and violet concretes are available, but be skeptical if the price is lower than the current market price for gold.
Citrus fruits are the only fruits that give up an essential oil (and an abundant supply at that.) No other fruit fragrances have ever been successfully separated from the fruit itself. Again, there are some truly impressive synthetics available; our Peach is like a fragrant orchard on a warm midsummer day, and our Pear really smells like fresh, ripe, juicy Bartletts!
Remember, it is important to use only pure essential oils for aromatherapy. Our fragrance oils, though of the highest quality, are not purely essences of their named fragrances but are often created from a blend of pure essential oils, natural food flavorings (for many of the fruit essences, plus cinnamon, coffee and chocolate aromas) and synthetic aromas. Fragrance oils are ideal for creating personal perfume blends and for scenting bath and body care products as well as candles, sachets and potpourri, but they are not a substitute for pure essential oils in aromatherapy.
Here's a brief guide to essential oils (EO's) and their aromatherapy uses. See our "Pure Essential Oils" for great selection and prices!
EOs reputed to aid memory and recall: Cedarwood, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary
EOs reputed to aid relaxation: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Juniper Berry, Lavander, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
EOs reputed to aid alertness: Black Pepper, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang.
...OK, you may be wondering, how can an essential oil (such as ylang ylang) help relax you AND keep you alert? Ylang Ylang and Juniper Berry are among the EOs that have a general balancing effect on the body and mind...
EOs reputed to aid depression: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sandalwood.
EOs reputed to aid congestion: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary.
EOs reputed to have pain-relieving properties: Cajeput, Chamomile, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary, Rose.
EOs reputed to have skin-rejuvenation effects on mature skin: Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Lavender, Jasmine, Myrrh, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose.
Some delightfully spicy essential oils are skin irritants, even when used diluted. These can even burn your skin, so please use caution with these oils and dilute them well in a good carrier oil: Allspice, Birch, Camphor, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, Savory, Thuja, Thyme, Turmeric, Wintergreen.
These are potentially toxic oils. They have limited uses in perfumery, and some people use them to create pesticides. But my advice is "don't try this at home!": Arnica, Bitter Almond, Calamus, Hyssop, Mugwort, Mustard, Pennyroyal, Sassafras.
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! These ARE toxic essential oils, far too strong for use by the hobbyist. General aromatherapy use of these oils may result in kidney and/or liver failure. When these oils enter your system, the breakdown which occurs creates toxic molecules which bind to the cells of the liver and kidneys, destroying them. This is serious, and too scary! Pharmaceutical companies may know how to use these oils to control certain human body functions, but I recommend that anyone else STAY AWAY: Horseradish, Jaborandi, Narcissus, Parsley, Santolina, Rue, Tansy, Tonka Bean, Wormwood. (Synthetic fragrance oils, such as narcissus, don't actually contain any narcissus and probably won't hurt you, unless you have allergies.)
Again, pregnant women need to exercise caution, don't use ESSENTIAL OILS AT ALL, better safe than sorry. The jury is still out on the impact of essential oils on a developing fetus. Sniffing the wonderful aromas of most essential oils won't hurt, and may in fact help keep a pregnant woman's emotions balanced, but direct application of any essential oil to the skin probably should be avoided. Lavender, chamomile, rose, geranium, sandalwood and some citruses (orange, grapefruit) are the safest known essential oils and are probably OK, but please check with your doctor. The essential oils mentioned above are also fine for young children.
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