What are essential oils

What are essential oils?

by admin on January 9, 2012

Essential oils are the essence of distiled aromatic plants, usualy obtained by steam distilation.

Aromatic plants produce fragrant essences in secretory cells, using nutrients from the soil and water, light and warmth
from the sun in a process called photosynthesis. These naturally occuring plant essences attract beneficial insects, such as bees, to help pollination and deter less friendly insects that would otherwise eat or damage the plant.

In many aromatic plants the secretory cells are near the surface, located in flowers and leaves.
Essential oils are very concentrated and powerful, and are greatly diluted before use. In a massage oil, for example, the dilution of essential oil in base oil is around 2 or possibly 3%. Essential oils are only rarely used undiluted, and in very specific instances. They are also highly volatile and evaporate quickly when exposed to the air, so they are best kept in airtight, dak glass bottles.

How are essential oils used?

There are several different ways of using essential oils including aromatherapy( the main ‘tool of trade’ for an aromatherapist) or at home for different purposes such as bath, steam inhalation, hot and cold compresses, blending them into face creams and body lotions, using them in hair care and as room fragrances and personal pefumes.

Perhaps the most common way to use them at home is by adding a few drops to a bath.However, there is far more to this than simply choosing a bottle of essential oil at random and adding a few drops to your bath water!

You can use essential oils for beauty, moods and emotions, massage, healing and as a meditation aid. Knowing how and what blends to use is important in order to get the result you are looking for… this will be explained in more details in the next categories.


Essential oils for dry and sensitive skin

by admin on April 20, 2012

Insufficient production of sebum causes dry skin and also often dehydration, which is not quite the same condition. Dehydrated skin qenerally lacks moisture (even oily skin can be dehydrated). The lack of sebum in dry skin diminishes the skin’s ability to retain moisture, so dry and dehydrated skin often come toghether. Dry skin most often looks delicate, thin and fine, with tiny pores. lt’s affected by sun, wind and rain and therefore wrinkles easily. A lot of protection and moisturizing to maintain it well is needed. Sensitive skin is usually fair and delicate, and shares the same needs as dry skin.

Check the condition of your skin to make sure you choose the most appropriate skin-care products.

The best essential oils for dry skin are german chamomile, roman chamomile, rose otto, rose absolute, geranium, lavender, neroli, jasmine and sandalwood. For sensitive skin, essential oils include rose otto, rose absolute, melissa, neroli, helichrysum (also called ‘everlasting’ and ‘immortelle’), german chamomile and roman chamomile. When caring for sensitive skins, always use a very low percentage of essential oil, for example 1% or 0.5%. If any reaction occurs, stop using that particular essential oil.

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Essential oils for normal skin

February 27, 2012

Using essential oils to maintain normal skin Although normal skin is rare beyond puberty, it is characterized by good hydration, muscle tone, a balanced metabolism and good circulation. It has an attractive, natural bloom colour, and looks soft and supple. The surface of the skin is free from blemishes with a fine texture without wrinkles, […]

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