The vast diversity in nature is astounding, and for many hundreds of years, people of many cultures have utilized materials found in bark, flowers, leaves, seeds, and roots in the form of essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts that are most often created by steam distillation. Other distillation processes include: solvent extraction, absolute oil extraction, and cold pressing. Essential oils have a variety of benefits and uses.
Typical Uses of Essential Oils
- Topical: Essential oils can be absorbed by the skin to reap benefits. Some healthcare practitioners recommend applying essential oils directly to the skin (or diluted with a carrier oil).
- Aromatherapy: Many people enjoy the benefits of essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser. Diffusing essential oils can bring medicinal benefits, stress relief, and improved mood.
- Internal: Some essential oils may be safe for internal consumption. It is always best to consult your healthcare professional before consuming any essential oil.
- Personal Care: It is becoming increasingly popular to incorporate essential oils in personal care products like body butter, shampoo, salt or sugar scrub, lip balm, and household cleansers. Many people enjoy creating their own personal care products, knowing that the process and ingredients are natural, pure and trustworthy.
Though in certain cases, essential oils can be used at full strength, it is very common to use other ingredients and accessories to enhance the benefits of these oils. What are some of these helpful products?
Why Use a Carrier Oil
The most common way to dilute essential oils effectively is to use a carrier oil. While some believe that dilution makes the essential oil less effective, dilution with a carrier oil allows for easier surface absorption. Faster surface absorption reduces sensitivity and the risk of reaction that may occur when using the essential oil at full strength.
Some DIY enthusiasts prefer a natural, unrefined, pure grade organic carrier oil to dilute essential oils, which will result in the most natural end product. Others may prefer to dilute essential oil with filtered carrier oils, since the refining process often reduces or removes odor and may extend the shelf life of the oil.
Benefits of Aromatherapy Diffusers
An oil diffuser is often used to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. Many people choose a diffuser that they can incorporate with their home or office’s decor. Diffusing essential oils in your home can be beneficial in many ways, including:
- Improved mood
- Immunity support
- Sharpened mental focus
- Improved sleep
- Repelling insects
Useful Tools and Ingredients for Personal Care
Although using one essential oil for a particular issue can be helpful, an essential oil blend can often be more effective. Blending bottles with orifice reducers or euro caps are popular and convenient. They allow you to make your own customized blend, and are available in many sizes and colors, including:
Whether you plan to use essential oils for treating ailments, aromatherapy, or creating personal care products, Med Lab Supply carries the complete Vale of Eden line for all your aromatherapy and holistic needs.