I see essential oils, as natures 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 extremely passionate about the art of using essential oils.
It never ceases to amaze me, how tiny plants can create such wonderful precious oils, I really love just how powerful aromatherapy is for our well being.
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, expression is a specific method that is also used, for extracting citrus oils.
Delicate materials such as Jasmine and Rose Absolute, are extracted by way of a solvent or CO2 extraction, this is due to the fact that the delicate 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 major irritation.
Using Essential Oils
Pregnant mothers should avoid using essential oils if possible, as some can bring on menstruation; these oils are referred to as emmenagogue.
This will obviously 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
As a side note, because many of my clients experience reactions on their face, I am really cautious what essential oils I use in my facial products, if any. You can read more about this here.
With that in mind, it has to be said that like everything in nature, essential oils should be used with respect.
It’s also worth mentioning that we are obviously all metabolically different, so different amounts work for different people.
My school of thought is ‘less is best’ when working on clients with essential oils, increasing my dose if required from there.
Most importantly have fun getting creative, and venturing into the wonderful world of aromatherapy, I can guarantee it wont be long before you become addicted.