The aromatherapy Awareness week runs from the 8th of June. So let's build a run-up to it and enjoy some basic facts, know-how, and recipes.
Aromatherapy and Safety
As with anything, including essential oils it doesn't come without its own safety advice. Although essential oils have been used for many years within the perfume, cosmetic, and food industries and a damn lot longer when you consider its roots can be traced back to early Egyptian people 5,000 years ago. Cleopatra was said to have lured Mark Antony with the use of essential oil as the perfume would you believe! Jumping forward to the present day much testing has been carried out on oils to check for safety and sensitivity.
Essential oils are highly inflammable so ensure they are kept away from fire.
Aromatherapy Council (AC), the lead body for Aromatherapy in the UK, states in its Core Curriculum that essential oils should only be applied topically (a copy of which can be found at http://www.aromatherapycouncil.org.uk/standards This means that all aromatherapists who have undergone accredited aromatherapy training in the UK or followed the UK syllabus will not have studied the complex pharmacology of how essential oils interact with our internal systems. Therefore they are not qualified to administer essential oils internally without further medical training, nor are they insured. However, if you read Doterra's link below it gives you a different perspective and this is you as an individual. So don't go dismissing it altogether for your self-care and well-being. I however as a credited aromatherapist can't go dishing it out, not unless my insurance company takes me to the end of the plank and insists I jump off!! but giving you the correct knowledge you can make your own decisions. https://www.doterra.com/…/science-research-news-internal-us…
When essential oil and I stress when used properly they are very safe and will be your best friend in a little bottle. Don't go making a mistake that just when it says to use just 1 x a drop that that isn't much or not enough. Trust me she packs a punch. Now having said that, only if you've purchased a quality oil. There are many out there that wouldn't even be good enough to pop on your chips let alone your skin!!
Pure essential oils are stored in dark amber glass bottles
When looking for a reliable essential oil supplier, take note of where and how the essential oils are stored. Essential oils are always sold in dark-colored glass containers. The best type of containers to store essential oils are usually amber or dark blue because they can protect the essential oils from ultraviolet rays that might degrade the essential oils in the long run. Anything that is stored in plastic containers is definitely not pure essential oils because once pure essential oils come into contact with plastics, it won’t take long before the plastic starts to break down.
Pure essential oils do not leave any residue on the paper
The easiest way to spot if an essential oil is pure or fake would be to conduct a ring test on a white strip of paper. Typically, shops selling essential oils will carry scent strips for their customers to use when sniffing essential oils. Use these scent strips to your advantage by dropping one drop of essential oil onto the surface and leave it to dry. If a visible ring of residue appears after the essential oil has dried, then you know that the oil has been diluted with a carrier oil. Given its volatile nature, pure essential oils do not leave any residue when it dries.
Pure essential oil does not feel greasy or oily
Another experiment you can try would be to test the greasiness of the essential oils by rubbing them between your fingers. If you feel that the essential oil is greasy, it is very likely that a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, has been added into the essential oil. Carrier oils tend to give essentials oils a silky, oily texture. Pure essential oils are quick to absorb into the skin and do not leave a greasy feeling.
Pure essential oils contain zero artificial substances
Many places market fragrance or perfumed oil as pure essential oils to unsuspecting customers. The main difference between such oils is the presence of artificial substances. Pure essential oils do not contain any diluents, therefore, if there is any form of synthetics found in them, then they are not considered pure. Fragrance or perfumed oil, on the other hand, contains man-made synthetics and alcohol. They are relatively cheaper in price compared to essential oils, and they definitely do not bring out any therapeutic benefits as compared to pure essential oils.
Since no organization oversees the quality of essential oils, ‘Therapeutic Grade’ is simply a marketing term. Any company can say their oils are therapeutic grade. Some companies use other therapeutic-grade terms, or other grading or certifying terms, for internal quality standards. However, these terms are often trademarked by the company. When looking for the highest quality oils, don’t look for terms such as ‘Therapeutic Grade’ since any company can use this term. Since there is no actual third-party grading or certifying of essential oils, it is best to look for a company that ensures the quality of their oils based on test results and experts. Some tests that are important when ensuring the quality of essential oil are GC/MS (Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer) tests and organoleptic tests.
So that was a little info on the fabulous little bottles of wisdom. Obviously out there there's plenty more information, YouTube videos to name but a few. All I ask is just read what's on the label and don't go splashing yourself all over like the latest Channel perfume. Go enjoy and indulge your senses, your well-being, and smile if nothing else!
So let's have a look at Geranium. Sweet, uplifting, and floral. With its wonders of promoting healthy-looking skin and giving us that dash of emotional support. That wonderful calming aroma allows the encouragement of emotional balance and peaceful feelings. Diffused in your living room drawing in summer to your sofa, handing you a plate of calmness, while uplifting the vibe. Or perhaps for the bedroom removing the stagnancy of the previous night's slumber.
Geranium is a sublime choice to add to your own personal care or skin products. Widely known for its skin-soothing properties. So let’s share a couple of recipes and give a head start to your day, your all-important time out in the shower. That little space of tranquility and hopefully no interruptions. The key is in the cleansing base. It's got to have a substantial feel to it and not be too gooey or watery and have no odor. It should rinse clean leaving the skin feeling fresh. I use the base from the company Base Formula (www.baseformula.com) or Neal's Yard (nealsyardremedies.com) Both deliver bespoke skincare products that are formulated with premium quality, naturally derived and high-performance ingredients that gently cleanse and care for your skin. They both enable you to blend with a wide variety of ingredients which include essential oils. On the plus side if you're just looking for simple yet nurturing skincare that's fragrance-free then they work just as well on their own. A note to also mention is that these bases don’t lather up very much, but it's not the bubbles that get you clean. I add in a few extras, personal choice and it's not to say you have to. I like to add for instance moisturizing carrier oil such as Jojoba oil along with that highflyer the shining star to skin Vitamin E (can substitute this with grapeseed oil). They pair up fabulously as they're packed with powerful, nourishing benefits. Here's a quick and simple recipe. You will start your day feeling like your having a walk in the garden!
Ingredients...you will need Shower/Base Gel, Geranium, Lemongrass & Lavender Essential Oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E oil, small dinky funnel, and a 50ml amber bottle.
1.5 Tablespoons of shower/bath base gel ½ teaspoon jojoba oil ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil 1 x drop Geranium 1 x drop Lemongrass 2 x drop Lavender
Directions... Place all your ingredients into the amber bottle Give it a good swirl around to combine the ingredients As with any shower gel etc, always best to keep out of eyes! You won’t thank me if that goes in Store out of direct sunlight and this will last up to 6months.