Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy, medicine and cosmetology, and can have a positive effect on the health of the body and spirit. Essential oil is not really «oil» in the traditional sense. Essential oils are volatile aromatic esters, obtained by steam or hydrodistillation from plant raw materials. All parts of plants can be used to produce essential oils, including flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, stems, bark, wood, etc. The finally received essential oils are the «soul» of the plant and contain all the useful properties found in Nature. Most essential oils are mainly composed of terpenes and their oxygenated derivatives. Some cold-pressed oils extracted from citrus peel are also considered essential oils, but they should not be confused with cold-pressed oils such as olive, grape, apricot, etc., which are non-volatile oils consisting mainly of triglycerides of fatty acids. Essential oils have a calming, grounding, refreshing, centering and warming effect on the central nervous system of the body.
Use of essential oils, its safety and impact
Essential oils have been used for centuries for solving various physical ailments. Mention of the use of essential oils was found in manuscripts of ancient India, Egypt, Greece, China, even in the Bible there are 188 references of using essential oils for the treatment of sick people. Essential oils are able to affect the central nervous system, providing a healing effect by penetration of essential vapors through inhalation, essential oils are also used in body massage, sometimes applied internally, but under the strict control and responsibility of the attending physician. Essential oils are thought to affect emotions because of their ability to stimulate the limbic system in the brain, where emotional memory is stored. Essential oils can also be used as perfumes. Our library is constantly updated with cosmetic recipes of using essential oils.
Our position regarding the use of essential oils is that all the oils in our store are produced in Switzerland under strict state control, are undiluted, pure and 100% natural, suitable and safe for therapeutic purposes. We do not recommend taking essential oils inside without control, as they are highly concentrated and can harm the body, ingestion is possible only under the supervision of an experienced specialist or doctor. The same position is held by the international Federation of aromatherapists.
- Keep essential oils in a safe place out of the reach of children and Pets.
- The term «natural» essential oil does not always guarantee its safety, selectively choose the manufacturer and carefully read and follow the instructions for use.
- Unless otherwise indicated, never apply essential oils to the skin without mixing the essential oil with base oil. It is recommended to conduct a skin test before use. Place a small amount of mixed oil on the inside of the elbow, cover with a patch and check the skin reaction after 24 hours. Do not use if you feel pain, redness or irritation. We recommend consulting an aromatherapist to find out which essential oil should be used.
- If a mixture of essential oils or undiluted essential oil gets into your eyes, immediately wash your eyes with clean water or cold milk. You should consult a doctor if the burning or irritation continues.
- If you are allergic to certain foods, do not use essential oils or base oils derived from these products.
- If this is indicated on the packaging, do not use essential oils during pregnancy, breast-feeding, diabetes.
- The following essential oils should never be used on the skin: camphor (brown, yellow, unrefined), Cassia, cinnamon bark, Wintergreen (methyl salicylate).
- Always take precautions when using aromatherapy.
- Essential oils do not always have the same healing properties as plant derivatives. Plants sometimes contain other chemical constituents than the essential oil obtained from the same plant. Therapeutic results can be obtained by using a plant mixed with essential oil.
- Do not use more than 2 drops of the following essential oils when taking aroma bath: black pepper, juniper, camphor, peppermint, citronella, sage, clove, mint, eucalyptus, thyme, ginger.
The following essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy: basil, cedar wood, myrrh, sage, rose, fennel, rosemary, jasmine, lavender and thyme.
- When epilepsy, one should avoid the following essential oils: kajeput, fennel, camphor, hyssop, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary.
- To avoid sensitization and unwanted reaction alternate essential oils, make sure you take breaks from essential oils that you use frequently. It is recommended to use the mixture for 4 days, take at least 4 days off and use another mixture that has a similar effect.