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Methods of Use - Pure Essential Oils 


Using Pure Essential Oils

For your healthy, the complementary aromatherapy of essential oils can enhance your lives and help prevent illness. By awakening the senses of smell and touch, we can relieve tension, improve sleep, enhance mood and alleviate many physical ailments. There are many ways of use essential oils as following: Body Massage, Compresses, Inhalations and Facial Steam, Air Fresheners, Vaporizers and Aromatic Bath.

Compresses: Use warm compresses to ease backache or abdominal pains; cold compresses for treating headaches, swollen joints, bruises and sprains. Add up to 6 drops of essential oil to a large bowl of water. Stir, then place a face-cloth on the water's surface to collect a film of oil. Wring out and apply to the affected area for 5-15 minutes, re-soaking the cloth as needed to maintain its temperature.

Steam Inhalations: Inhalations are invaluable for easing respiratory problems, catarrh, sore throats and coughs, and are an effective way to open the pores to deep clean the skin. Do not use inhalations if you suffer from asthma or broken capillaries. Fill a large bowl with boiling water or using your sink in the bathroom, add 2-3 drops of essential. Lean over the bowl and, for effectiveness, cover your head with a towel to trap the steam for 5-10 minutes - take deep breaths for feeling essential oils and shut your eyes as the molecule of essential oil in the vapour can sting. For skin problems, do not use more than once a week; for respiratory problems, use up to tree times a day. The suitable essential oils for steam inhalations are Lavender, Geranium, Roman Chamomile and Peppermint.

Air Fresheners: To deter insects from a room, rid the air of cooking smells and generally freshen up your room, add 2 drops of your favorite essential oils to 100ml of cooled, boiled water in a plant sprayer. Shake well, and spray the room. Lavender and Roman Chamomile are favorite for bedroom and Geranium, Lemongrass and Peppermint are suitable for insect-repellent.

In Vaporizers: A range of essential oil burners, made from clay, are available from health or aromatherapy related shops. Usually, a small candle is lit below a bowl containing 2-4 drops of essential oil added to the water. The candle's heat warms the bowl, and the essential oils evaporate, scenting the room. Do not let the water evaporate completely that the bowl may crack and cause fire. Keep away from children's hands.

Aromatic Bath: Essences can be added to the bath simply for pleasure, to aid restful sleep, to help skin problems, relieve muscular and other pains, or to subtly influence mood. Sprinkle four to eight drops of essential oil on to the water's surface after the bath has been drawn. Agitate the water to disperse the oil. If you add the essences whilst the water is running, much of the aromatic vapour will have evaporated before you get into the bath. If you have dry skin, you may with to mix the essences with a few teaspoonful’s of a vegetable base oil, such as sweet almond or jojoba, but only if you don't mind cleaning an oily bath afterwards. Neat essences never leave a greasy tide mark due to their tiny molecular structure. If you have irritate skin, do not use more than 2 drops in a bath.

Pure Essential Oils

Pure Essential Oils are highly concentrated substances extracted from various parts of aromatic plants and trees. The aromatic substances from parts, such as petals, leaves, roots, barks, fruits, peels, roots or the whole plant are usually captured by steam distillation extraction method. The essences extracted from these parts are highly volatile and will evaporate quickly if left in the open air.

The chemistry components of pure essential oil are very complex. Most consist of hundreds of components, such as terrenes, alcohols, aldehydes and esters. For this reason, a single oil can help a wide variety of disorders. For instance, Lavender is endowed with antiseptic, anti-bacterial, antibiotic, anti-depressant, analgesic, decongestant and sedative property, while Geranium consists of Geranic Acid, geranial, Citronellal, Linalool, Myrtenol, Terpineoll, Citral, Methone, Eugenol and Sabinene that offer the benefits of analgesic, anticoagulant, antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylatic and insecticide.

Moreover, due to their tiny molecular structure, essential oils applied to the skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream. They also reach the blood as a result of the aromatic molecules being inhaled. In the lungs, they pass through the tiny air sacs to the surrounding blood capillaries by the process of diffusion. Once in the bloodstream the aromatic molecules interact with the body's chemistry. Quite apart from their medicinal properties, just smelling an essential oil can uplift the spirits and make you feel better. This is because the sense of smell is an interrelated aspect of an area of the brain which is primarily concerned with emotion and memory. Indeed, this influence of aroma on the psyche has led some aroma therapists to practice what is now called 'psycho-aromatherapy', whereby oils are used solely as mood-enhancing substances.

The production of essential oils can be variable as plants are sensitive to the weather and soil conditions, their yield and quality varies from year to year and also depend on the place of grow & cultivation and the time of harvesting. Certain plants such as Jasmine Blossom are picked in the night while Ylang Ylang harvested in the morning for the strongest scent and the highest yield.

 

 

Essential Oils for Therapeutic 

Detail

Essential Oils  Method of Use 
Skin Care  
Acne Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree Massage, Oil-Lotion, Inhalation
Allergies Melissa True, Chamomile (German & Roman), Lavender Massage, Lotion, Bath, Inhalation
Athlete's foot Lavender, Myrrh, Tea Tree Oil-Lotion
Hair Care Bay, Chamomile (German & Roman), Rosemary, Kaffir Lime Oil-Lotion, Hair Spray, Shampoo
Boils Bergamot, Lavender, Tea Tree Oil-Lotion, Compress, Bath
Bruises Hyssop, Fennel Sweet, Lavender Oil-Lotion, Compress
Burns Lavender Compress, Neat Application
Congested & Dull Skin Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary Massage, Oil-Lotion, Bath, Inhalation
Dandruff Bay, Kaffir Lime, Lavender, Rosemary Shampoo, Hair Oil
Dry & Sensitive Skin Chamomile (German & Roman), Sandalwood Massage, Oil-Lotion, Bath
Eczema Bergamot, Chamomile (German & Roman), Immortelle, Lavender Massage, Oil-Lotion, Bath
Excessive Perspiration Cypress Oil-Lotion, Bath
Insect bites Melissa True, Lavender, Tea Tree Oil-Lotion, Neat Application
Insect Repellent Citronella, Lemongrass, Plai Oil-Lotion, Vaporization
Irritated & Inflamed skin Chamomile (German & Roman), Plai, Myrrh, Patchouli Oil-Lotion, Compress, Bath
Ringworm Lavender, Myrrh, Tea Tree Oil-Lotion
Scars & Stretchmark Frankincense, Lavender, Immortelle, Neroli, Sandalwood Massage, Oil-Lotion
Toothache Clove Bud, Myrrh Compress, Neat Application
Wounds Chamomile (German & Roman), Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Yarrow Oil-Lotion, Compress, Bath

 

Circulation, Muscles and Joints
Accumulation of toxins Carrot Seed, Fennel Sweet, Grapefruit, Juniper Massage, Oil-Lotion, Bath
Aches & Pains Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Marjoram, Black pepper, Rosemary Massage, Compress, Bath
Arthritis Chamomile (German & Roman), Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary Massage, Compress, Bath
Cellulitis Fennel Sweet, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Massage, Oil-Lotion, Bath
High Blood Pressure Garlic, Lavender, Marjoram, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang Massage, Bath, Vaporization
Muscular cramp & Stiffness Lavender, Marjoram, Black pepper, Rosemary Massage, Compress, Bath
Palpitation Orange, Rose Otto, Ylang Ylang Massage, Bath
Low Blood Pressure Eucalyptus, Ginger, Black pepper, Rosemary Massage, Bath
Rheumatism Chamomile (German & Roman), Cypress, Eucalyptus, Rosemary Massage, Compress, Bath

 

Respiratory System
Asthma Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Vaporization, Inhalation
Catarrh Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree Vaporization, Inhalation
Chronic coughs Melissa True, Cypress, Frankincense, Immortelle Vaporization, Inhalation
Halitosis Cardamom, Fennel Sweet, Peppermint, Myrrh Oil-Lotion, Inhalation
Laryngitis, Hoarseness Frankincense, Lavender, Sandalwood Inhalation
Sinusitis Eucalyptus, Ginger, Peppermint, Tea Tree Inhalation
Sore Throat Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Sandalwood, Tea Tree Vaporization, Inhalation

 

Digestive System 
Colic Chamomile (German & Roman), Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint Massage
Constipation Black pepper Massage, Bath
Indigestion Cardamom, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Verbena Massage
Nausea, Vomiting Chamomile (German & Roman), Peppermint Vaporization

 

Immune System
Cold, Flu Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Immortelle, Tea Tree Massage, Vaporization, Inhalation
Fever Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Immortelle, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Yarrow Compress, Bath

 

Nervous System
Anxiety Melissa True, Bergamot, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender Massage, Bath, Vaporization
Depression Melissa True, Bergamot, Lavender, Neroli, Rose Otto, Sandalwood Massage, Bath, Vaporization
Headache Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint Massage, Compress, Vaporization
Insomnia Melissa True, Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, Valerian Massage, Bath, Vaporization
Migraine Melissa True, Chamomile, Lavender, Yarrow Compress
Nervous Exhaustion Jasmine, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vetiver Massage, Bath, Vaporization
Nervous Tension, Stress Melissa True, Bergamot, Chamomile, Frankincense, Clary Sage Massage, Bath, Vaporization
Shock Melissa True, Lavender, Neroli Massage, Bath, Vaporization
Vertigo Melissa True, Lavender, Peppermint Vaporization, Inhalation

 

 

The Properties of Essential Oils 

While each essential oil has its own unique properties, many also share some common therapeutic actions. All plant essences are antiseptic to a greater or lesser degree. Some oils are endowed with antiviral properties such as Garlic and Tea Tree, which have the most powerful on the antiviral properties. Many essences, notably Rosemary and Juniper, are also anti-rheumatic. When rubbed into the skin, they stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation and increase oxygen to the painful areas, which in turn aids the elimination of tissue wastes which contribute to the pain of arthritic and rheumatic complaints. 

There are many uses of essential in the medical aromatherapy such as treating Hormonal Imbalances. A major area of influence is the effect of essential oils upon the female reproductive system. Essences such as chamomile, cypress and rose are cited as especially helpful in regulating the menstrual cycle. For the aromatherapy of central nervous system, the aroma therapists believe that enough essential oil is absorbed through the skin and into the systemic circulation to exert a pharmacological action. However, inhalation of the aromatic molecules is another significant pathway. It has been found that essential oil reach the bloodstream more speedily via inhalation than by oral administration.

An essence may also have the ability to exert seemingly paradoxical actions. A person suffering from exhaustion as a result of hyper-anxiety, for example, can be both calmed and stimulated by sniffing Peppermint essential oil. This may be easier to understand if we consider a common response to the oil. Its piercing aroma gives an initial charge which clears the head and awakens the senses. This feeling gradually gives way to an expansive sensation which may also be perceived as a sense of quietude.

 

 

Storage Guidelines & Safety Precautions 

Pure Essential Oil are highly volatile and evaporate easily. As heat, air and light affect the oils, it should be kept in dark glass bottle in normal to cool temperatures. Do NOT store the essential oil in any plastic bottle as the oil can melt the plastic and contaminated with the petrochemical substances. Although some wood oils such as Sandalwood, Rosewood can improve with age, most oils slowly deteriorate and should be used within a couple of years after distillation. They can be stored in the bottom of the refrigerator to prolong their life. Some of pure essential oils such as Rose Otto has freezing point at the refrigerator temperature and will turns solidify, but don't worry, it will liquefy at room temperature without losing the therapeutically properties. The citrus oils should be used within a year due to the short shelf-life. Some of oils are flammable, so keep them away from naked flames. Do not store on polished surface, as the oils can leave marks. Once the essential oils have been diluted in a carrier oil, the shelf life of the diluted oil reduced to a few months.

Essential oil should always be diluted before using to the skin. It is possible to irritate the skin by using too strong a concentration of oil. The appropriate percentage of diluted essential oil is 3-5% for body, 1-2% for facial care & sensitive area and below 1% for using with children or those who have sensitive skins. To avoid possible irritation or allergic reaction, user should test for the allergy by place a drop of diluted essential oil (~2.5%) on the inside of your wrist. Cover with a sticking plaster and examine after 12 hours. If there is any redness or itching, do not use that oil. If you have an adverse reaction to an oil, apply sweet almond or coconut carrier oil to the area, then wash with cold water.

Avoid using Pure Essential Oil during pregnancy, especially first 1-3 months.

 

Extraction Methods 

Distillation: The distillation processes involve heating the plant material until a vapor is formed, then cooling the vapor until it becomes liquid. In water distillation, the plant material is covered in water and heated in a vacuum-sealed container. This method is slower and sometimes inferior to steam distillation, because certain delicate components of essential oils are damaged by exposure to heat. The more efficient steam distillation uses steam under pressure to swiftly extract the essential oil. It is the most common method of extraction. Plant material is heated by steam in a still, and the volatile parts present in the plant evaporate into the steam. These vapors are carried along a closed outlet, and are cooled and condensed by being passed through a cold water jacket. The resulting water is collected in a flask and the essential oil floats on the surface. Floral water is a by-product from this process.

Oils that are extracted by this method: Chamomile, Rose Otto, Neroli, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Geranium, Immortelle, etc

Solvent Extraction: Using this extraction method, the plant material is placed in a drum with a volatile solvent such as petroleum ether, hexane and benzene as a mean for capturing the essences of certain plant and resins. The solution is filtered off and concentrated by distillation, leaving behind either a "concrete", a combination of wax and essential oil, or a "retinoid", a substance containing resin. A second process of solvent extraction using pure alcohol recovers most of the oil. The alcohol is then evaporated, leaving a solution called "absolute".

Oils that are extracted by this method: Jasmine, White & Pink Lotus, Tuberose, Champaca, Frangipani, etc.

Expression: The oils of citrus fruits such as Lime, Bergamot and Lemon are much easier to obtain. The essence is found in such profusion that it sprays the surrounding air when the fruit is peeled. The highest quality citrus essences are captured by a simple process known as expression. Although this was once carried out by hand, machines using centrifugal force are now used instead. Since no heat is employed in this process, the aroma and chemical structure of expressed oils is almost identical to that contained within the skin of the fruit. Unlike distilled oils, expressed essences also contain non-volatile substances such as waxes. The drawback with expressed oils is their relatively short shelf-life. Even though producers usually add tiny amount of preservative at source, the oils will still deteriorate within six to nine months, whereas most distilled essences will keep for upwards of two years.

Oils that are extracted by this method: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Kaffir Lime

Carbon dioxide Supercritical: This process was hailed as revolutionary when it was introduced. Although a potentially excellent method of extraction, producing oils whose aromas are closer to those of the living plant, the apparatus required for this operation is not only massive, but also extremely costly. The extraction method uses carbon dioxide gas at very high pressure to dissolve essential oil from a wide range of plant material. When the pressure is allowed to fall, the oils form a mist and can be collected. The resultant oils are free of the potentially harmful residues associated with solvent extraction, but there are those who argue that carbon dioxide is an acidic gas and therefore detrimental to the chemical structure of essential oils.

Photonic Process: This photonic process was recently developed by British microbiologist Dr. Peter Wilde in collaboration with the multinational chemical company. Proponents of photonics technology believe that it heralds the biggest breakthrough in aromatic oil extraction since the discovery of distillation. The process has been developed around a family of new solvents collectively known as phytosols, whose unique character ensures that the aromatic oils of plants can be captured at room temperature. This means that the exceptionally fragile, heat-sensitive components of aromatic oil are not lost, or radically altered, in the extraction process.

 

Buying Pure Essential Oils 

It is vital to obtain only the purest aromatherapy grade essential oils. Most aroma therapists buy their oils from specialist mail order suppliers. The advantages offered by mail order suppliers include a wider range of oils and lower price on larger quantities.

Every time before purchasing essential oil, buyer must carefully check that the seller notice "100% pure essential oil", not some kind of oils labelled with "aromatherapy oil" or "aroma", which often means it is a mixture of about 2-5% essential oil diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba oil. For instance, a 10 ml bottle of diluted oil is barely enough for 3-5 times face and neck massage or only single time of whole body massage, whereas 10 ml pure essential oil, once correctly diluted, is enough for over 200-500 face and neck massage or over 100 times of whole body massage.

Moreover, the pure essential oil in 10ml bottle can be used in steam inhalation or dropping into the bath for almost 100 times and offer such the perfect aroma to the user, whereas the diluted aromatherapy oil is not good enough to use in steam inhalation or even dropping in the bath for relaxing & calming aromatherapy.

 

Dilution of Essential Oils 

How to Dilute Pure Essential Oils

Essential Oils are a concentrated substance and rarely intended for use “as is”.  There is almost never a time when you would not want to dilute the potency of an essential oil.

Diluting essential oils is done by adding a drop or more of the essential oil into carrier oil.  This not only provides a good medium for the oil to absorb into the skin, but spreads the oil over a larger surface of your skin for more effect.

How much to dilute really depends on the issue you are addressing.  Below is a guide for diluting essential oils:

1% Dilution

Ages 6+, pregnant women, elderly adults, those with sensitive skin, compromised immune systems, or other serious health issues.  This is also the dilution you want when you are massaging over a large area of the body.  * See chart for exact measurements.

2% Dilution

Ideal for most adults and in most situations.  This is also a good dilution for daily skin care.  * See chart for exact measurements.

3% Dilution

Best used short-term for a temporary health issue, such as a muscle injury or respiratory congestion.  Up to 10% dilution is fine, depending on the health concern, the age of the person and the oils being used.  * See chart for exact measurements. 

25% Dilution

 Occasionally a dilution of this strength is warranted.  This might be for a muscle cramp, bad bruising or severe pain.  * See chart for exact measurements.

 No Dilution – “NEAT”

Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat, on occasion and only for short-term use.  A bug bite, burn or sting might be a good reason to use Lavender neat.  Just use caution when using undiluted as some individuals can experience irritation or sensitivity.

By keeping safe use of essential oils in mind, always use the lowest dilution possible that gives you effective results.

 

Measurement Chart

Carrier Size EO Drops

5ml

10ml

15ml

20ml

30ml

60ml

120ml

500ml

1%

1

2

3

4

6

12

24

100/5ml

2%

2

4

6

8

12

24

48

200/10ml

3%

3

6

9

12

18

36

72

350/17.5ml

10%

10

20

30

40

60

120

240

1000/50ml

25%

25

50

75

100/5ml

150/7.5ml

300/15ml

600/30ml

2500/125ml

* 100 Drops = 5ml

Example: If you purchase a 30ml of Argan Virgin Oil as your carrier and wish to use a 2% dilution,

then add 24 drop of your Essential Oil to it.


Link to Carrier oils, these are Pure Virgin, Extra Virgin and Certified Oils:

http://www.lotus-house.com/essential-oils-message-oils-scented-candles-incense/conventional-and-certified-organic-pure-virgin-oils.html 

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