I see essential oils as nature’s precious gift to us.
I have to admit that I love working with essential oils.
The creation of The Naked Chemist was partly due to my fascination with aromatherapy.
I’m qualified as a clinical aromatherapist and highly passionate about the art of using essential oils.
It never ceases to amaze me how tiny plants create such excellent precious oils.
I love how powerful aromatherapy is for our well-being.
How to Use Essential Oils
Properties of essential oils
They are highly volatile compounds and can be extracted from the roots, leaves, woods, petals, and resins of botanical flowers, fruits, and trees.
The most common form of extraction is steam distillation; the expression is a specific method for extracting citrus oils.
Delicate materials such as Jasmine and Rose Absolute are extracted through a solvent or CO2 extraction.
The soothing oils can be very volatile and easily damaged by heat.
It is important to note that essential oils are very concentrated. Using them neat or in high quantities can irritate the skin.
They aren’t water-soluble, so you should never use them directly on your skin as they can cause significant irritation.
Essential oils and their use on the skin
Some components of essential oils are beneficial for the skin.
Those rich in sources of potent antioxidants like caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid or that contain antibacterial ingredients like manuka oil can protect against visible skin problems and acne inflammation.
However, many essential oils are not ideal for facial skin.
Many of my clients experience reactions on their faces, so I am cautious about what essential oils I use in my facial products and treatment.
An important fact to remember is that your skin is perfect at hiding when it’s irritated.
So, even if you don’t see a reaction, the inflammation still occurs beneath the surface; cumulatively, it can lead to problems you will see later on. I believe that irritation and inflammation are ageing.
It’s also worth mentioning that we are all metabolically different, so different amounts work for others.
Our school of thought is that less is best when working on clients with essential oils, increasing my dose if required.
Using essential oils on your body
This will differ depending on the application you are using your essential oils for.
- For massage oil, I recommend for every 100ml using 1 ml of essential oil. You can gradually build up from there, depending on the concern you are treating.
- For shower gels and rinse-off products, I recommend using around 2-3ml
Pregnant mothers should avoid using essential oils if possible, as some can bring on menstruation; these oils are referred to as emmenagogue.
Most importantly, have fun getting creative and venturing into the beautiful world of aromatherapy; I can guarantee it won’t be long before you become addicted.