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USING ESSENTIAL OILS
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USING ESSENTIAL OILS - AN OVERVIEW
Many plants contain volatile compounds - essential oils - that can be extracted from flowers, leaves, roots, bark, seeds, and peels. Each of these essential oils is highly concentrated and has specific healing properties. They can be soothing, antispasmodic, antiseptic, calming, warming, or stimulating, for example. The quality of the essential oil depends on a number of factors: plant species, region, soil condition and climate in which the plant was grown, time of day the plant was harvested, the extraction method used and storage. It is believed that plants grown organically or collected in the wild yield the highest quality essential oils. Extracting the essential oils is done through various methods, but the best ones are steam distillation and cold pressing. Avoid synthetic oils and those extracted with chemical solvents. In all cases, very large quantities of plant materials are needed to extract even the smallest quantities of oil. Extraction methods are labor-intensive and expensive. Consequently, it is practical to purchase essential oils from reputable sources.
In Europe, the ingestion of essential oils is generally accepted, primarily because it is done under a health care provider's supervision. But U.S. herbalists are more conservative because their active ingredients are highly concentrated, essential oils can be dangerous if used improperly or in excess.
STORAGE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Store essential oils in opaque glass bottles in a cool, dark place. Refrigerate citrus oils. Label clearly. Properly stored, essential oils will keep over a year.
For more information about using essential oils, see these pages.
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CHOOSING QUALITY OILS
Be sure your essential oils are of the highest quality and purity. Read labels. Make sure an oil comes from the specific plant the product name indicates. It is wise to know Latin plant names. For example, Lavendula is the plant name for Lavender. Avoid blended or reconstituted oils and oils with synthetic or chemical additives. Anything labeled "fragrance oil" is not pure.
Nature's essential oils have extraordinary versatility. Research shows that the aromatic benefits of essential oils have a range of health-promoting qualities. Essential oils can also address anxieties and stress. Thus, they can be used not only to combat specific health problems but to enhance well-being. Essential oils are used with aromatherapy lamps, steam inhalations, baths and massages.
A FEW POPULAR ESSENTIAL OILS
These three oils are some of the most commonly used and popular essential oils. Click on the links for more information about that specific oil and to obtain products.
Soothes respiratory infections. Aids circulation. Fights inflammation. Relieves flatulence and indigestion.
Peppermint Essential Oil Products
Acts as an antiseptic. Is an antiviral. Is an antibacterial. Is an antifungal. Helps heal acne, sunburns and even infections.
Tea Tree Essential Oil Products
Is an antibiotic. Soothes headaches. Helps heal wounds. Repels insects.
Lavender Essential Oil Products
DILUTING FOR USE
Essential oils are very highly concentrated and should be diluted with water, plant extracts or carrier oils before being applied to the skin.
NUMBER OF DROPS PER ML OF ESSENTIAL OIL TABLE
To accurately calculate the percent concentration of an essential oil in a blend with a carrier oil it is helpful to know the number of drops per milliliter of the essential oil, dispensed using a standard pipette or eye dropper. This table notes the number of drops per ml of each essential oil listed. See more regarding these measurements, and measuring your own concentration percentages below the table.
Oil Name d / ml Oil Name d / ml Oil Name d / ml Oil Name d / ml Ambrette Seed
Blue Tansy, Wild
Cinnamon, Sri Lanka
Fir Needle, Sib.
Fir Needle, Doug.
Juniper Berry, CO2
Juniper Berry, SD
Lavender, Hi Elev.
Lemon Tea Tree
Palo Santo, Wild
Ylang Ylang, Extra
Ylang Ylang, Comp.
MEASURING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR CONCENTRATIONS IN BLENDS
Using the number of drops per milliliter (ml) when figuring how many drops are required to make a particular percent concentration in a carrier oil:
When creating blends, you may come across notations of percent concentrations. Such as, "use Tea Tree essential oil at 5 percent concentration in Hazelnut for... "or "do not exceed 5 percent concentration total of essential oil... " How do you measure the percent concentration of an essential oil in one or more ounces of a blend in a carrier oil?
One way to measure the percent concentration of an essential oil in each ounce of blend with a carrier oil is to use the number of milliliters in each ounce (30), then figure the number of milliliters of essential oil needed, and then how many drops of essential oil that is. The calculation goes like this:
- There are 30 milliliters (ml) in one fluid ounce (Actually 29.57 ml / fl. oz., but 30 really is close enough).
- You can figure the number of milliliters of essential oil required in each ounce by multiplying the percentage desired concentration by 30.
- For example, 10 percent is 0.10 x 30 = 3 ml
- 1 percent 0.01 x 30 = 0.3 ml, or about one-third of one milliliter
- 0.5 percent 0.005 x 30 = 0.15 ml... and so on.
So how do we measure 0.15 ml of essential oil? If the oil is High Elevation Lavender, then from the table above we see there are 40 drops per milliliter. So the number of drops in 0.15 ml is 0.15 x 40 = 6 drops. This is the number of drops for a 0.5 percent or 1/2 percent concentration in one ounce of blend. 1 percent is, as above, 0.3 x 30 = 12 drops. To be accurate, you would add this to 1 ounce of carrier minus 12 drops, or put the 12 drops in an empty one ounce bottle, then fill the rest with your carrier (this becomes more critical with higher percentage concentrations - for dilution accuracy use this method instead of just adding the drops to an already measured one ounce of carrier).
Typically we are working with pipettes that are possibly marked at each 1/2 ml, or eye droppers without any measurement markings at all. Here is where we make use of the number of drops of essential oil per milliliter. It is commonly thought that there are 20 drops per milliliter, and this is true of water when using 'standard' measuring tools - the 3 ml graduated pipettes or glass eye droppers that come with certain commercial brands of essential oils.
However, the number of drops per milliliter of a liquid is not only affected by the dropper, but by the properties of the liquid itself. There is a property called "cohesion", which causes the liquid to stick together more or less. Water has high cohesion, therefore the drop sizes are larger and there is fewer drops per milliliter. The high cohesion requires that the drop weigh more before it separates from the rest of the liquid. Each essential oil has a different number of drops per milliliter!
So when creating your own blends and want to accurately use a particular percentage concentration of essential oils, or when you need to measure an essential oil in milliliters, but do not have a measuring device, you can use the above table and simple calculations to find the number of drops you require.
Again, to find the number of drops of essential oil in each ounce of blend with a carrier, use this formula:
(The desired percent concentration) x 30 ml / oz x (The number of drops per milliliter from the table above).
Example: 5 percent of Tea Tree in one ounce is 0.05 x 30 x 41 = 61.5 drops (it is up to you to put in the extra "half" drop or not!)
Try inhaling fragrant steam to treat colds, sinus problems or coughs.
3 drops Essential Oil
Bowl of Steaming Water
Drape a towel over your head and hold your face over the bowl. Breathe in deeply.
Try inhaling fragrant steam to treat colds, sinus problems or coughs.
1 to 3 drops Essential Oil
Put essential oil drops on a handkerchief and hold it under your nose. Breathe in deeply.
A hot, damp compress can soothe abdominal cramps, and a cold one can relieve fevers, headaches or sunburn.
5 drops Essential Oil
1/2 cup Cold or Hot Water
Add essential oil to water. Dip a cloth in the water mixture and wring it out. Apply it where necessary.
To fight the symptoms of colds, bronchitis, and asthma, try using a humidifier or vaporizer.
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil or other oil of choice.
Add essential oil to a humidifier or vaporizer.
Lavender Essential Oil Products
Use essential oils in the sauna to aid the lungs and help strengthen the immune system.
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil or other oil of choice.
1 cup Water
Ad essential oil to water and pour over the heated sauna stones.
Tea Tree Essential Oil Products
Carrier oils do exactly what they say - they "carry" the potent essential oil for use on the skin. They are fatty, plant-based oils - usually vegetable, nut or seed oils, such as Sweet Almond Carrier Oil, Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil, Olive Carrier Oil and Wheat Germ Carrier Oil. Each has its own therapeutic value to add to the essential oil's value. Use up to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. Prepare small quantities as needed.
Essential Oil Products Carrier & Herbal Oil Products
There are several plant extracts that work well as bases for diluting essential oils and may be used in the same way as carrier oils.
Witch Hazel is an astringent and combats inflammation.
Aloe Vera is a moisturizing healer for burns, cuts and irritated skin.
Rose Water (made from Rose Petals or Rose Essential Oil) imparts its scent and is antiseptic.
Witch Hazel Extract Products Aloe Vera Products Rose Essential Oil Products
HOMEMADE DISTILLED ROSE WATER
Rose water is used in cosmetics for its lovely scent, but also because it has light astringent properties. As the gentlest of all astringents, rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin. You must be careful when purchasing rose water to buy only the 100 percent pure form. Often what is available in pharmacies and even some natural food stores is synthetic rose oil and water with preservatives added. Pure rose water is the distilled water of roses. It is usually made by stream distillation, and it smells heavenly and tastes delicious. Besides health food stores and herb stores, you can often find rose water in delicatessens; it is used as a flavoring in fancy Greek pastries, puddings, and cakes.
This recipe is the more traditional way to prepare rose water. Though it is a little more involved, its fun to do and the results are outstanding. You can make a quart of excellent-quality rose water in about 40 minutes. However, if you simmer the water too long, you will continue to produce distilled water but the rose essence will become diluted. Your rose water will smell more like plain distilled water, rather than the heavenly scent of roses.
Be sure you have a brick and heat-safe stainless steel or glass quart bowl ready before you begin.
Video Tutorial: How To Make Rosewater
2 to 3 quarts fresh Roses or Rose Petals
Ice cubes or crushed ice (Ice cold water will work in a pinch)
1. In the center of a large pot (the speckled blue canning pots are ideal) with an inverted lid (a rounded lid), place a fireplace brick. On top of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.
2. Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer. As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes (or a bag of ice) on top of the lid.
3. You have now created a home still! As the water boils the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses. As it condenses it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose water. It is time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.
4. Let the Rose Water cool and pour into a sterile glass bottle. Cap the Rose Water tightly and store in the refrigerator.
Information obtained from Care2 Healthy Living
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AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
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