Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
What is an essential oil?
Typically extracted via steam distillation, the lightest weight molecules of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen are divided from the rest of the plant material. An essential oil represents a highly concentrated and potent plant extraction.
Only about 1-3% of the total plant is its aromatic oil. For example, it takes over 1,000 pounds of rose petals to make one single ounce of essential oil!
Other aroma extractions can be done via cold pressing (such as with citrus peels). Solvent extractions are common with expensive and delicate florals such as jasmine and rose.
Aromatic molecules are produced by a plant for various reasons:
- To fight invaders - such as insects, bacteria, or fungi.
- To attract pollinators - such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
- To define territory and discourage other plants from growing nearby.
Are there therapeutic benefits to essential oils?
Aromatherapy grade essential oils can offer a variety of benefits! Here is a list of just a few uses for some essential oils.
- Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) aroma can be a mood booster!
- Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) aroma has been used in closets to detract moths.
- Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) is popular for discouraging mosquitos.
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is a breath opener.
- Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) is seen in many skincare products to brighten and tone.
- Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is known for its calming scent.
- Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) has been used topically to help cool aching muscles.
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a common ingredient in “stinky feet” products.
Quality vs Quantity with Essential Oils
With quality essential oils, a small amount goes a long way. Overuse can disrupt the therapeutic benefits and cause negative effects.
There are two key ways for the average person to enjoy therapeutic grade essential oils at home.
- Topical application
- Via inhalation
With topical use, be sure to properly dilute essential oil in a carrier oil or oil-soluble base unscented product. Avoid mixing essential oils with water as they are not water-soluble. This includes bath water. Mix essential oils with a carrier oil before adding to bath water.
List of Ways to Dilute Essential Oils:
- Mix with Aromaland Aroma Free (R) Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower Gel, Lotion, Hand Soap, or Massage Oil
- Combine with Aromaland Carrier Oils, such as: Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Olive, or Fractionated Coconut.
- Use a proper emulsifier to blend with water-based recipes.
For healthy adults, dilute non-hot essential oils to 2% with topical use. Dilute more for the fragile population. Some essential oils are contraindicated with children and certain medical conditions.
Here is a partial list of some hot essential oils that require heavier dilution. Research these oils before use.
- Bay (Laurus nobilis)
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
- Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
- Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
- Oregano (Origanum ssp.)
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
- Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Enjoying the Aroma
Inhaling the aromas of essential oils can offer quick mood changing benefits. Did you know…inhalation is a rapid route into the bloodstream with olfactory links to the limbic system of the brain.
When using a diffuser, be sure to diffuse intermittently in an open space with proper ventilation. Avoid around young children and pets. There can be contraindications with certain oils.
The Internal Use of Essential Oils is not Recommended without Expert Advice
At home users should avoid the internal use of essential oils as these potent extractions have a small therapeutic margin and can cause injury or side effects.
Always ask your doctor if you have any questions before use.
What is a therapeutic grade essential oil?
While there is no governing body that regulates the term “therapeutic grade,” it is a common term in the industry to indicate quality products. Further ways to check for quality is to make sure a bottle of essential oil is properly labeled with a botanical name, extraction method, use instructions, and manufacturer contact information.
Please note, essential oils can be adulterated with cheaper ingredients. This is especially common with expensive oils! Be sure to buy your aromatherapy products from a supplier you can trust!
This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure a disease.