We’re not going to lie, if you asked us a year ago about essential oils, we wouldn’t really have known what to say other that “they smell nice”. However, our almost-daily interaction with essential oils, aromatherapy and talking to partner spas about them has propelled our knowledge of these magical potions into another realm! Ga yao!
As always, at BloomMe we want to share our knowledge nuggets with you, So here are our essential tips for essential oils!
– Check the botanical name of the oil, ask about its quality and do your homework on its properties before using. Different oils contain different properties, so buying oils willy-nilly might not be beneficial!
– Dilute your oil in carrier oil*,before applying it to the skin especially if you’re using essential oils for home massages (and if so, when can we come round?), and are in doubt on the concentration. You can also apply it to the bottom of your feet where the skin is thicker (especially oils that are high in phenols such as oregano and thyme).
– “Less is more” is a saying that rings true with essential oils. Little goes a long way, so don’t get carried away and follow dosage recommendations carefully, increasing gradually if necessary.
–Avoid applying to delicate skin like the eye area, nose, and so on. If an essential oil irritates the skin, dilute it with carrier oil not water. Most importantly, never EVER try to rinse out the essential oil with more/ a different essential oil
– Citrus oils contain photosensitising molecules so allow 12 hours after applying before going into direct sunlight.
–All oils should be stored in a cool dark place. Remember that these oils are flammable, so make sure that they’re kept away from heat. They should also be kept out of reach of children and pets.
* A carrier oil is an oil which is used to dilute your essential oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil, sweet peanut oil, olive oil etc.
DON’T: buy perfume oils thinking they are the same thing as essential oils. Essential oils serve for therapeutic benefits, whereas perfume oils are only used for scent. Even if you only intend on using aromatherapy in your lifestyle for the sheer enjoyment of the aroma, essential oils that are breathed in can offer therapeutic benefits. These benefits do not occur with the use of perfume oils.
DON’T: Mix with water. Many blogs encourage you to add a drop or two of peppermint oil to your gym water but this is incredibly dangerous. Remember that oils and water simply don’t mix, so the oil would just sit on top and remain undiluted. Given that the oils haven’t been diluted with carrier oil, this practice can cause severe burns, blisters, and lesions in your mouth, oesophagus, stomach lining, and more. No thanks…
DO: Store your oils in dark glass-we like amber or cobalt blue. They’re dark, cool and mysterious…they also give off a serious potion vibe, making us feel like we’ve stepped into the Wizarding world.
DO: Pay special attention to all safety information on all essential oils that you use. This is even more important if you have any medical condition or are pregnant.
DO: Read up on concentrations and carrier oils. Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin.
So there are our essential tips for essential oils! If you liked this post and would like to learn more about essential oils and aromatherapy, let us know in the comments!
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We’re not going to lie, if you asked us a year ago about essential oils, we wouldn’t really have known what to say other that “they smell nice”. However, our almost-daily interaction with essential oils, aromatherapy and talking to partner spas about them has propelled our knowledge of these magical potions into another realm! Ga yao! As…