Are you using Essential Oils the Correct Way?

Probably the use of essential oils in personal care products have emerged as the new buzz word. From skincare lines to beauty cosmetics these plant, herb extracts are slowly dominating the market. The decades old alternative therapy is used in aroma healing that can aid in pain relief, mood enhancement and healing.

 

There is no denying, that these therapeutic oils are selling like hot cakes as the consumer demands just keep increasing. You too must have purchased these oils once, following all the reviews suggested by friends or celebrities, isn’t it. But it is equally important to know about the proper use of these oils. As amid all the hype, if these oils are not used correctly and safely, you may have to face some consequences.

 

Did you know:

 

The essential oils that are applied to the skin are absorbed into the skin layers aiding in beauty and hygiene. As these oils are powerful and concentrated, they should never be applied to the skin in their undiluted form. To apply essential oils to the skin, they are typically diluted into a carrier oil first.

 

Things to keep in mind before purchasing Essential Oils:

 

  1. Always go for quality Essential Oils: Given the wide range of products available in the market, it is recommended to always invest in trusted brands. Don’t just go by the labeling of the product, double check the ingredients. Instead of buying from a third party, we suggest you to buy directly from the brand’s website. A few experts also suggest that essential oils should be purchased from companies producing smaller quantities. The smaller companies hardly store their products in the warehouse and are directly shipped based on customer demands. These post production scenario, keeps the items in good shape and order, delivering quality product.

 

  1. Learn how to use Essential Oils: There are very few essential oils that can be used directly on the skin. Others such as sweet almond oil, jojoba or olive oil should be blended with a carrier oil first and then applied to the skin. Very often we make mistakes with the use of these oils and later face skin irritations. It recommended to use essential oils under expert’s advice. Do not exceed recommended dilutions, even when adding to bath water.

 

  1. Essential oils and diffuser: For the first time users of essential oils, diffusers are safe for use rather than directly inhaling them. Also as they are volatile and may ignite if exposed to a high temperature or flame, do not leave them unattended.

 

  1. Essential oils in culinary practices: Unless it is not mentioned ‘safe for consumption’ never use essential oils in cooking or baking. Do not use internally without consulting a medical practitioner first.

 

  1. Patch test: Care should be taken when applying a new oil or blend of oils, and it is always prudent to perform a skin patch test before use, especially for those who have sensitive skin. There are also certain oils that cause severe skin sensitizing and are photo-toxic. These should be used with great care if one will be spending time in the sun.

 

Using the right essential oils as per your needs:

 

When in fatigue and stress: Studies claim that Lavender, Orange, Basil sweet essential oils are mood boosters and helps in stress and anxiety. Its application stimulates the nervous system alleviating nervine woes giving mental clarity. Basil EO also helps in stomach cramps, coughs and cold.

 

Burns, Blisters: It is said that Eucalyptus, Peppermint essential oils can heal burns and blisters. Its miraculous attributes boast of anti-inflammatory properties, relieving pain, disinfecting wounds & skin conditions.

 

Headache, Mental fatigue, Migraines: The abundance of uses & its wondrous attributes make it a valued herb. The geranium , Patchouli essential oil is an effective antiseptic warding off infections and skin conditions. It helps in aches and pains, healing migraines.

 

Skin care & skin conditions: The German chamomile essential oil has several healing properties, its potent form is brilliant for skincare. The extracts are used in several skincare products for that dewy glow.

 

Repelling insects, Fungal & microbial infections: Who doesn’t love the scent of lemongrass? We all do right. But did you know it is known to reduce body temperatures as well. It is essentially effective as an insect repellent, also acting as a natural perfume and a non-toxic air freshener. Creates a relaxing atmosphere and deodorizing unpleasant scents.

 

Natural moisturizer: The exotic bloom, known to owe its name to the Greek goddess of love, is luxuriant in its finest form, the Rose Essential oil. The extraction is through steam distillation of the flowers, eventually used in skincare. Its use has moisturizing and hydrating effect.

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