Used properly essential oils are considered safe, they are extracted from herbs and plants, they are normally referred to as the oil of “the name of the plant” from which they are derived, because of this association with certain plants they can be used to advantage in aromatherapy as certain fragrances are valued for their particular benefits, Lavender for example is recognised for its calming scent and is used to relive anxiety. Even though they are considered safe they must always be kept out of reach of children.
By using them with care they will help to take care of you.
Fragrant oils have been used as a natural perfumery agent for centuries, they are safe to use in minute quantities and are no more hazardous to use in the home than most household cleansers.
Use sparingly a little drop is often enough and ensures that you are not using too much.
They are made by distilling natural plant material which is “flower power” as high as it can be, on average, once distilled it is seventy times more concentrated than the botanical material from which the Lemongrass Oil has been extracted. Citrus oils are made from the peel of fruit, which when pressed the oil is released.
Strawberries are broken down and the resulting flavour would be many times more flavourful than the donating Strawberry.
Whatever the method the oil is created it remains very concentrated and must be used with care and sparingly.
Problems that might arise using essential oils.
If applying direct to the skin they should be first diluted with carrier oil, Almond, Grape seed and Apricot are just three popular versions.
Cassia, Clove, Cinnamon, Thyme, can cause skin irritation with people with sensitive skin it varies from person to person and oil to oil always do a little test on yourself before you use any variation, dilute a drop of oil and try it on your hand.
Storing: Always make sure the cap is tightly on and stored in an upright position and in a cool place, the oils should be out of sight and touch of small children and animals as some oils if swallowed neat can be toxic.
Mixing: When mixing essential oils always ensure that you have the correct amount of carrier oil to which you add the correct amount of essential oils. Never mix in plastic bottles only use glass, porcelain.
Using Droppers: Nowadays most essential oil bottles come with a dropper cap fitted and all you have to do is shake a few drops out. But if your bottle comes with out you must use some sort of dropper so you can have the correct amount of drops.
Using in oil burners or vaporisers: Using an oil burner or vaporisers is a popular method today of releasing the natural fragrance of essential oils into your room. You may just want to relax or to be stimulated what ever you choose there is a enough variations can get the right one to create the right ambiance for the right occasion.
Do note that essential oils can be very volatile when they reach a temperature at which they vaporise and will cause a serious burn. So always take care in positioning your burner or vaporiser.