What are Aromatherapy Essential Oils?

Essential oils are extracted from certain species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots and trees. Each individual oil has its own qualities and is used for many diverse purposes. it takes a great deal of work to produce a tiny amount of essential oil. Sixty thousand rose blossoms are required to produce one ounce of rose oil, whereas in the lavender plant the essential oil is more abundant and 220 pounds of the flower will produce seven pounds of oil. In the case of jasmine, the flowers must be picked by hand before the sun becomes hot on the very first day that they open,   and the sandalwood tree must be at least 30 years old and thirty feet high before it can be cut down for distillation. Between these extremes a whole range of growing and picking conditions apply to the plants that will ultimately provide the precious essential oils. The price of each oil reflects these conditions and because it takes eight million hand picked jasmine blossoms to produce 2.2 pounds of oil, you can understand why it is one of the most expensive oils on the market.


 

 

How do the Aromatherapy Essential Oils work?

Essential oils penetrate the body in two ways, through the nose and through the skin. Our sense of smell is often underestimated, but it is approximately 10,000 times more sensitive than any other sensory organ we possess and skin is the body's largest organ. The effects of essential oils can be felt simply by breathing in the aromatic vapour. The aroma molecule that we breathe in is translated into a signal in our receptor cell in the nose. This signal is sent to the olfactory bulb and then onto the limbic and hypothalamus parts of the brain. These are the parts of the brain that regulate hormonal activity in our body.

The second way for essential oils to penetrate the body is through the skin. Because essential oils are organic in nature and have a very inherently low molecular weight they are absorbed through the pores and hair follicles of the skin very easily.

Some individuals will consume/digest essential oils, however, unless done under the direct supervision of a certified aromatherapist, we do not recommend doing so.

  

How to use Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Bath: Add 2 to 4 drops of the oil to a warm (not hot) bath.

Massage/body: Add 1 drop of oil per teaspoon of high quality cold pressed vegetable base oil such as sweet almond or grapeseed oil.

Burning/Diffusing: Fill the burner with water and add a few drops. This way will also fragrance the room.

Vapouriser: Great for colds and flu. Add a few drops to hot water.

Pillow: Add a few drops of lavender to help sleep or eucalyptus to help breathing.

If you are mixing several oils in a blend, treat the blend as a single oil; in other words, use no more that 4 drops of the blend in a bath or 1 drop of the blend to a teaspoon of base oil.

These and other methods of use are described in aromatherapy reference books.


 

Warning

Do not use the following oils when pregnant:

  • Basil
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Cypress
  • Geranium
  • Hyssop
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper
  • Marjoram
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary

 

Disclaimer

These oils are very concentrated and must be used with care. This site cannot take responsibility for the improper use or any adverse effects of the oils. If you are in any doubt about whether you should be using these oils or not then please consult you doctor first.