USING ESSENTIAL OILS
Most essential oils do not last forever! This recommendation is particularly true to the zest of citrus oils (Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine ...) that can be used for about 12 to 24 months, depending on storage conditions. On the other hand, some essential oils such as frankincense, sandalwood, the myrrhre, patchouli will "mature" over time and get better.
Diffusing Essential Oils
- Choose 100% pure, high quality essential oils, exempt from synthetic fragrances, carrier oils,
- with a very fluid consistency.
These are some of our favourites, or try our aromatic synergies for diffuseurs!
- Balsam fir
- White pine
- Lavender vera
- Lavandin super
- Sweet orange
- Black spruce
- Hemlock spruce
Contrary to popular belief, there are many essential oils that can be applied pure on the skin, however it is a good idea to do a patch test. Just place a tiny drop on the inside of your wrist or elbow and wait a few minutes and see if there is sign of irritation (redness, itching, burning) in which case you should apply liberal amounts of a carrier oil and absorb it with a soft cloth or paper towel. The oil will dilute and “pull” the essential oil from your skin, calming any irritation.
It is interesting to note that essential oils can penetrate the skin quickly and circulate throughout the body going exactly where we need them. Furthermore, our body’s heat acts a bit like a diffuser, which allows us to benefit from inhaling the oils, allowing us to absorb them through our lungs where they can enter the blood stream at the same time as through our skin. There is also the added benefit of healing through touch and massage in this type of application which can be very beneficial.
- Some essential oils can be irritating for the skin, in particular essential oils that come from spices and some herbs. These oils can be diluted in a carrier oil before cutaneous application.
- Certain oils can increase photosensitivity, such as citrus oils, and should be avoided before sun exposure.
- Essential oils can be applied locally for a variety of uses, for example, rubbing a few drops on the chest to help for colds, flus and congestion, massaging a few drops on the belly in a circular motion for indigestion, gas and bloating or locally for muscle and joint pain.
- It is important to dilute all essential before applying them to a sensitive area of the body (Underarms, face, genital area). A dilution of 2% to 10% in a carrier oil can be selected depending according to the type of treatment, essential oil and the surface to cover.
- A massage oil can be prepared with various carrier oils blended with 0.5% to 2% of your favourite essential oils.
Essential oils can be used in cooking to flavour various dishes and deserts. In this case we usually select essences that come from plants that we would normally eat such as citrus oils, spices and herbs. It is important to dilute all essential oils in either a sugar (such as maple sypup or honey) or in a vegetable oil and to be mindful of the quatities we use as they are generally much stronger than we think.
If you would like to take essential oils internally for therapeutic uses, it is strongly recommended that you consult an aromatherapist or other qualified health care professional so that they can help you establish a protocol that is right for you.
When using essential oils, it’s a good idea to keep some vegetable oil and a cloth or some paper towel nearby to use in case of accidents.
In the eyes:
- Immediately pour a generous quantity of vegetable oil in the affecter eye and gently dab it off with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary until the irritation subsides.
- Do not rince with water: It will simply spread the essential oil around more, creating more irritation.
Contact with the skin:
- If an dermocaustic essential oil is dropped on the skin or a pure essential oil is applied to a sensitive part of the body, apply a generous quantity of vegetable oil and dabb off with a soft cloth, repeat as necessary until the irritation subsides.
- In the case of repeated applications of essential oils on the same body part, an irritation can sometimes result. In this case, applying a carrier oil to the skin after the essential oil can lessen the irritation and/or prevent it from occuring. You can also apply it before the essential oil to slow the absorption.
Accidental ingestion of a pure essential oil:
- Taking 1-10 spoonful of a vegetable oil can help reduce potention irritation to the digestive track
Accidental ingestion of large doses of essential oils:
- Take several spoonfuls of vegetable oil
- Induce vomiting (if possible)
- Hospitalize the victim as soon as possible and inform the doctors of the accident.
To avoid this type of accident keep essential oils properly labeled, in tightly sealed bottles, out of reach of children.
- By becoming aware of the quantities of plants necessary to obtain aromatic essences (for some species, up to 100kg for extraction of 10ml), you can grasp the exceptional concentration of aromatic essences, which can create risks when misused.
- Keep essential oils out of the reach of children, away from light and limit oil contact with air. Do not lay the bottles down, make sure they are screwed and store them in a cool, dry place (between 10 and 25°). The bathroom is the worst place to keep essential oils, despite the widespread trend!
- Essential oils should be used with great caution in pregnant women, children, people with allergies or epilepsy. Respiratory allergies should also be careful with atmospheric diffusion. Refer to a professional aromatherapist.
- Never pour pure essential oils into the bath water: lighter, the essential oil remains suspended on the surface of the water and it could irritate or even burn the skin. It should be diluted in a neutral foaming bath base or in milk. The hydrolats are here ideal for enjoying a therapeutic bath without risk of irritation. A few drops of pure essential oils can also be poured onto a washcloth, placed next to the bath.
- Never introduce pure essential oil into the ear canal.
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