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How to Use Essential Oil for Aromatherapy?

How to Use Essential Oil for Aromatherapy? 0

Using Essential oils for aromatherapy

The healing scents of essential oils can reduce anxiety, ease minor aches and pains, and even get you (or your spouse) in the mood. Although you can schedule a massage or facial that combines these oils, you can also enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy oil for the mind and body at home.

It's important to know what's involved when you use essential oils for aromatherapy so that you can perform an effective treatment correctly and safely. Aromatherapy practice begins with learning how to use these oils and the benefits of each of them.

The following are ways to use essential oils for aromatherapy:

A. Inhalation
B. Topical use

 

A. Inhalation

1. Use of a diffuser

Using a diffuser is a helpful way to infuse the fragrance of your preference in any environment quickly. Some diffusers work with water, and some work with heat, so be sure to follow the instructions, including how much essential oil to use.

2. Consider evaporation in a dry state

On a cotton ball or tissue, put 2-4 drops of essential oil and let it sit close to you in a nice container.


3. Build a treatment with steam

Specifically, this technique is useful for calming cough, respiratory and sinus infections, or allergy problems.

In a bowl of hot water, place 3-7 drops of essential oil, set your face over the water, and put a towel over your head to catch the steam. When you inhale the vaporized oil through your nose, keep your eyes closed.

4. Make a bottled spray

Deodorizing a room, setting a mood, or turning a space into an aromatherapy session can be done with a simple spritz or spray with essential oils. In a spray bottle, add 10-15 drops of your favourite essential oil (or a mixture of 1-3 essential oils) and one ounce of water and shake. In your bedroom, bathroom, or anywhere you want, spray liberally.

You may also gently spray it on your pillowcases or towels.


B. Topical Use

1. Few drops in a bath

Although a bathing ritual can be a self-soothing therapy, it can help you more by adding essential oils. To properly integrate the oil into the bathwater, this procedure would require using a dispersant.

With one teaspoon of whole milk, vegetable oil, or honey, mix up to 12 drops of your essential oil of choice and then add to the water just before you step in.


2. During self-massage, apply to your skin

Your body acts as a diffuser in this method as it heats the essential oil and releases its fragrance into the air. Mixing it with a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil is the first step.

Diluting the essential oil, especially during extended use, helps to prevent an allergic reaction. For example, citrus oils, if applied directly, will make your skin more receptive to the sun.

Use about 20 drops of essential oil for each ounce of a carrier when mixing. If you choose to use water instead of carrier oil, before applying it to your skin, ensure that you shake the mixture well.

If you need soothing massage oil, lavender oil or patchouli are great choices.


3. Mix with your lotion for the body or lips

Here is another technique where your body's heat allows the essential oil to diffuse, enabling you to inhale its scent.

Mix 6-15 drops of your preferred essential oil to one ounce of unscented body or face lotion (use half quantity if you have sensitive skin) and mix thoroughly before applying.


In a Nutshell

Many people tend to believe that essential oils are innately safe because they come naturally. However, bear in mind that this powerful oil should be used with care and caution.

If you are unsure, it's advisable to get in touch an essential oil expert about using aromatherapy oils in Malaysia. Remember to use a carrier solution to dilute your oil and ensure that you buy essential oils from a trusted source in Malaysia.

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8 Essential Oil Blends for a Good Sleep

8 Essential Oil Blends for a Good Sleep 0

Essential oils for sleeping

Scents are usually overlooked as a useful tool for aiding sleep. Essential oils are inexpensive and easy to incorporate into your daily and nightly routine. Many essential oil blends can help you relax, mentally and physically, thereby making you fall asleep more soundly. 

If you have ever browsed through a selection of essential oils (especially if you are new to using essential oil blend and essential oils diffuser), you might have found yourself being overwhelmed by the fact that there are so many pleasant fragrances to choose from. With so many options available, what are the best scents available for relaxation and sleep?


Before we talk about the essential oil blends for good sleep, let's talk about some of the best essentials oils that promote sleep.


1. Lavender

Lavender is the most popular essential oil known to promote sleep and relaxation among essential oil users. Lavender oil has a soothing scent that is associated with relaxation and sleep and also serves as a natural solution for anxiety. Several studies have proven lavender to be an effective treatment for people who experience insomnia. 


2. Vanilla

Vanilla essential oil scent is pleasant to many people and has a history of stress relief and relaxation. Vanilla essential oils have a sedative effect on the body and can reduce hyperactivity and restlessness. It also helps to calm the nervous system and lower blood pressure. It's the ability to calm the nervous system and relax the body makes vanilla essential oil a favourite for people who need some motivation to sleep.


3. Jasmine

Jasmine has a sweet floral scent and has potent sleep-promoting properties. Several researchers have proven Jasmine essential oils reduce restless sleep patterns and generally improve sleep quality. Jasmine provides all these sleep benefits and reduces anxiety; it may be more effective than lavender. 


4. Sandalwood

Sandalwood has a rich, woody, earthy scent with an ancient history of anxiety relief and relaxation. Research has proven that sandalwood has potent sedative effects, reduces wakefulness and improves the amount of non-REM sleep you get. It is important to note that sandalwood has also been proven to promote wakefulness and alertness, whilst also triggering physical relaxation. Everyone reacts to scents differently. 


5. Citrus

Like sandalwood, citrus essential oils can promote sleep depending on individual reaction and the type of citrus oil used. Bergamot is a type of orange known to relieve anxiety and improve sleep quality. Lemon essential oils have also been proven to have anxiety and depression-relieving effects as well. 

Other essential oils for inducing sleep include Cedarwood, Vetiver, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Frankincense, Patchouli, etc.


Essential Oils You Can Blend for a Good Sleep

Blend 1

3 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops cedarwood essential oil


Blend 2

3 drops bergamot essential oil

3 drops lavender essential oil


Blend 3

3 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops sweet (wild) orange essential oil


Blend 4

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops vetiver essential oil

2 drops marjoram essential oil


Blend 5

3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

2 drops bergamot essential oil

2 drops frankincense essential oil


Blend 6

3 drops grounding blend essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops Roman chamomile essential oil


Blend 7

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

2 drops marjoram essential oil

 

Blend 8

3 drops patchouli essential oil

2 drops wild (sweet) orange essential oil

2 drops frankincense essential oil


In a Nutshell 

Essential oils for sleep can be potent in inducing sleep on their own, but when blended with other oils, the effect can be twice as better. The blends can be applied in different ways, including adding the oil to your bath, making your mist (mix oil with water and spray in your room or on bed coverings), or applying directly on pressure points (wrist or behind the ears). To find out more about essential oil blend, including essential oils diffusers in Malaysia, feel free to get in touch with our friendly and helpful essential oil specialists. 

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A Beginner's Guide to Using Essential Oils

A Beginner's Guide to Using Essential Oils 0

beginner's guide to using essential oils

 

So, you just heard about essential oils in Malaysia and their amazing scent, and your interest is piqued in knowing or using this beautiful gift from nature.

Firstly, what are essential oils? They are highly aromatic oils extracted from plants. Essential oils are extracted by distillation using steam or cold press methods. Some are extracted from the plants’ seeds, while others are extracted from the leaves.

Because natural essential oils are highly concentrated, they require a large amount of the plant matter to make just a small amount of oil. Due to its high concentration, the effects of essential oils are incredibly potent such that a little can go a long way.

When essential oils are blended with the right knowledge, based on therapeutic and chemical properties, the blends can prove more effective than using a single oil.

 

How Do I Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils can be used in two different ways, namely topically and inhalation.

Topically

Many natural oils have skin-enhancing properties and can be applied directly on the skin or mixed with your existing skincare products. Essential oils can also be combined with a carrier oil or moisturizer for easy application.

 

Inhalation

Essential oils are famous for their aroma, which helps create an atmosphere that suits your specific needs. Besides adding essential oils to your beauty or cleaning products, you can infuse the air directly with your favourite scent using a diffuser.

We do not recommend internal use of essential oils without the supervision of a trained clinical aromatherapist.

 

Start Your Collection With The Following Essential Oils

If you're new to essential oils in Malaysia and not sure which to start with, here are popular essential oils and their uses to help you decide.

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is a multipurpose oil used in aromatherapy. It is distilled from the plant Lavandula angustifolia.

Tips for Using Lavender Essential Oil

  • Diffuse the oil in your bedroom to promote night-time relaxation and sleep.
  • Add a few drops in your cream, lotion, or moisturizer to get a sweet-smelling aroma and youthful glow.
  • Use Lavender oil to create a luxurious bath experience by adding a few drops in your bath or diffuse in the bathroom.


2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant and can also be used for several purposes. It has a cooling, minty scent. Peppermint oil has an energizing aroma that goes well with citrusy, spicy, and woodsy oils.

Tips for Using Peppermint Lavender Oil

  • For a fresh scent in the home, add a few drops to your DIY cleaning product.
  • You can diffuse with citrus or spicy oil for a fresh scent in the home.
  • Dilute peppermint essential oil with a carrier oil and massage your muscles for a cooling sensation after a long day.

 

3. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is obtained from the peel of fresh lemons using a “cold-pressing” process that pricks and rotates the peel as oil is released. The oil can be diluted and applied topically on your skin as well as diffused for a fresh, zesty aroma.

Tips for Using Lemon Essential Oil

  • Drop on cotton balls and put in your car, the bottom of a trash can, or inside your shoes for a fresh-smelling scent.
  • Lemon oils can be used to remove pesky labels and adhesives.
  • Diffuse for an uplifting and welcoming atmosphere.

 

4. Frankincense Essential Oil

The Frankincense essential oil has a woody, spicy smell and can be used topically, internally, aromatically. It can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, steeped into teas, or taken as a supplement.

Tips for Using Frankincense Essential Oil

  • Add a few drops to your moisturizer to highlight your beauty and promote a healthy-looking skin and even skin tone.
  • Sharpen your senses by diffusing the Frankincense essential oil while studying, doing yoga, or meditating.
  • Diffuse to encourage relaxation and calmness.


Natural essential oils in Malaysia are great and serve many useful purposes. As a beginner to essential oils, always research your choice of oil to fully understand its applications and seek advice from healthcare professionals before use.

With some knowledge and high-quality oils, you can start making homemade combinations and enjoy their unique properties, qualities, and uses. To know more about essential oils, feel free to get in touch with us.

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How To Dilute Essential Oils: A Comprehensive Guide

How To Dilute Essential Oils: A Comprehensive Guide 0

Learn how to safely dilute essential oils so that you can apply them on your skin. This is an important step to ensure everyone's safety. Know more about it!
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Essential Oil Glossary

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There is so much terminology that relates to essential oils, and it can be difficult to find decent definitions. So for that, we decided to create a definitive Essential Oil Glossary to help clear up any confusion. You’ll also find links to more in-depth explanations and product examples. This is your one-stop-shop to learn what it means when we use words like, “Chemotype” and, “Estrogenic”. Enjoy!

Absolute

Absolutes are similar to essential oils but are more costly to produce and create oils whose fragrances are closer to that of the original plant. To create an absolute, we use a solvent like alcohol to extract the beneficial oil instead of steam distillation. This method is for delicate plant material that’s difficult to distill. A couple of absolutely fantastic examples of absolutes are Rose and Jasmine.

Aromatherapy

Originating in the ancient societies of Egypt, China, and India, aromatherapy has been practiced for thousands of years. Also known as essential oil therapy, it’s a holistic approach to promoting health and well-being. This is the practice that uses aromatic essential oils to improve the body, mind, and spirit. It’s kind of our thing.

Blend

A blend, or synergy, is simply a mixture of essential oils, carefully crafted by our aromatherapists to use in a diffuser or diluted in a carrier and applied to your skin.

Botanical name

This can also be referred to as the “scientific name”. A botanical name is written in Latin and identifies the genus and the specific species of a plant. The first word is the genus, that is, the larger group the plant belongs to, and the second word is the species. The botanical name for Bergamot, for instance, is Citrus bergamia.

 

The Master Gardener Program has an incredibly informative break-down of botanical names here.

Carcinogenic

When not diluted properly, essential oils have the potential to be dangerous. They can have what’s called “systemic toxicity” leading to cytotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, neurotoxicity, and carcinogenicity. Some essential oils have naturally occurring chemical constituents that, when used or taken in large doses, have the potential to cause or induce cancer. Some of these constituents include safrole, methyl chavicol, and methyl eugenol. This is one of many reasons why proper dilutions are important when using essential oils.

 

  • How to Dilute Essential Oils: A Comprehensive Guide

 

Carrier Oil

Essential oils aren’t supposed to be applied directly to the skin undiluted because they can cause rashes, burns, and more dangerous side-effects. That’s why carrier oils are so important — they carry the oils safely so that you can use them topically. A carrier oil is derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from seeds, nuts, or kernels. Each one has its own therapeutic properties that can enhance the benefits of the essential oils that you dilute in them.

 

  • A Deep Dive Into Carrier Oils
  • Carrier Oil Selections

 

Chemotype

A chemotype is a way of saying that the same plant can have different types of chemicals. Most essential oils don’t have different chemotypes, but when they do, it’s important to note because the chemotype determines their therapeutic properties. These variations usually occur when the same plant is grown in different environments. Thyme, for instance, has six chemotypes that have different effects on the body and mind. We currently sell two variations: Thyme Thymol, and Thyme Linalool. “Thymol” and “Linalool” are their chemotypes.

 

  • Importance of the Latin Name

 

Cold-pressed

Also known as “expression” or “mechanical separation,” cold-pressing is a way to extract essential oils without using heat. As the name suggests, the aromatic parts of plants (peels and rinds, for instance) are punctured and pressed without heat to squeeze out the essential oils. Centrifugal forces are used to separate and capture the oils after pressing.

Common Name

Common names are layman’s terms for our essential oils and the plants they are extracted from. It would be difficult to have to say, “Tanacetum annuum” every time we wanted to talk about Blue Tansy. Imagine using Latin names for our DIY videos: “Mix Juniperus communis (Juniper Berry) with Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) and Vetiveria zizanioides (Vetiver) . . .” That doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?

Constituent

Constituents are individual parts of a whole. Caffeine is a chemical constituent in coffee, for instance. Each essential oil is packed full of diverse constituents that lend different fragrances and therapeutic benefits to the whole. If you’re looking for an oil that can help you relax before bed, for example, you might want one that has a high level of the constituent Linalool (Thyme, Basil, Lavindin, etc. ). Our GC/MS reports show all of the constituents (above 1%) provided by our essential oils.

CO2 Extraction

CO2 extracts are still essential oils, just collected in a different way. This extraction method uses liquid carbon dioxide as a solvent to remove the oil from plant material. Through CO2 extraction, precious oils are collected at a much lower temperature, meaning that less oil (and it’s beneficial properties) are lost in the process. The fragrances of CO2 extracts are more like the scent of the actual plants that the oils are taken from.

 

  • CO2 Extracts: What’s all the Buzz About?

 

Diffuser

Most diffusers on the market are ultrasonic. It’s a simple technology with a cool name that uses electronic frequencies to vibrate a small disk at the bottom of the diffuser. By vibrating, the disk produces a fine mist that makes your essential oils airborne so that you can fill any space with their fragrances and benefits.

 

  • How to Use an Essential Oil Diffuser
  • Plant Therapy’s Diffusers

 

Dilution

A dilution of 1% would mean that out of every 100 drops in a carrier, one drop would be an essential oil. Essential oils are composed of hundreds, if not thousands, of different chemicals that make up the overall oil. It’s these different chemical constituents that give the essential oils their “magic powers”, but also what makes them potentially dangerous. We dilute essential oils because applying them undiluted can lead to adverse reactions.

 

  • Why Can’t I Apply Essential Oils Undiluted

 

Emulsifier

We all learned in grade school that water and oil don’t mix. So how can you enjoy essential oils in your bath, or in cleaning sprays, and hand soaps? For that, you need an emulsifier. The molecules in an emulsifier have two portions: one is attracted to water and the other is attracted to oil. The end result is that emulsifiers act as a sort of glue between the oil and water molecules keeping them bound together. Otherwise, your oils would just sit on top of the water and never mix.

 

  • What Is an Emulsifier and Why Do I Need It?

 

Essential Oil

Essential oils capture the “essence” of a plant through distillation or mechanical pressing. Essentially, these oils are concentrated extracts that retain, or magnify the fragrance and effect of their source. Oils from different plants or different parts of the same plant can have very different chemical compositions, which changes the smell, absorption, and effect on the body and mind.

 

  • Essential Oils 101

 

Essence

We pull essences from the pulp or the peel of citrus fruits. During the final phase of juice production, volatile oils float to the top of the concentrate. We collect and distill those oils to create an essence. Their scent is generally more intense than their essential oil cousins.

 

  • Isolates, Essential Oils, Essences

 

Estrogenic

Estrogen is a naturally occurring hormone and isn’t a bad thing, but your body needs to have a healthy balance. Too much or too little can be problematic. In basic terms, something that is estrogenic can mimic or enhance the body’s level of estrogen. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, estrogenic oils should be avoided because your levels are already high, and adding to that can have detrimental effects. If you have certain conditions such as endometriosis, or estrogen-sensitive cancer, you should also steer clear of estrogenic essential oils.

 

  • Essential Oils and Women’s Health

 

GC/MS

The “GC” stands for Gas Chromatography and the “MS” means Mass Spectrometry. Essentially, these two methods of measurement and analysis separate, identify, and quantify the individual constituents in each batch of our essential oils. This process is incredibly important for quality control, as it helps us ensure that our products contain no synthetic substances, contaminants, or adulterants.

 

  • GCMS Testing and Why it’s Important

 

Hydrosol

With steam distillation, steam passes through the plant matter and takes the oils from the plant. The oil-laden steam travels into a condensing tube and the essential oil is siphoned off to leave a gentle, aromatic hydrosol. Plant Therapy currently offers seven different organic hydrosols: Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Melissa, Peppermint, Rose, and Tea Tree.

 

  • Ask Our Experts: Hydrosols

 

Infusion

An infusion is the introduction of a new element or quality into something else. When you add dandelions, herbs, or other plant material to a carrier oil and let it sit for a few weeks, an infusion will be the result (not to be confused with essential oil-carrier oil blends).

 

  • What is a Carrier Oil Infusion?

 

Ingestion

When it comes to ingestion (using essential oils internally), Plant Therapy’s policy is to avoid it. Without careful administration and supervision, ingesting essential oils can cause serious damage. Unless you’re directed by a medical doctor who is also a clinical aromatherapist, we don’t recommend using essential oils internally. Examples of ingestion include adding essential oils to beverages or capsules that are intended to be swallowed.

 

  • Where We Stand on Controversial Topics

 

Isolate

We extract isolates from essential oils solely for their aromatic qualities. They are single chemical components, or constituents, that reside within the oils. To capture an isolate, a process called “fractional distillation” repeatedly heats the essential oils to different boiling points and separates the vapors.

 

  • Isolates: What you Need to Know

 

KidSafe

Designed for children but effective for all, our first-of-its-kind KidSafe line features essential oil blends and singles that target specific childhood issues. These oils are available as 100% pure and undiluted oils, or in pre-diluted roll-on bottles. As parents ourselves, we wanted to create oils that could help support the immune system, clear congestion, soothe excitable young minds, or help them focus. If you want to share the benefits of essential oils with your little ones, there is simply no comparable product on the market. The KidSafe label means that it’s safe for children ages two and up.

 

  • KidSafe: What It Means
  • Essential Oils with Infants and Toddlers

 

Natural fragrance

If you start looking at the ingredients in perfumes, body sprays, soaps, and cleaning products, you’ll notice the words “fragrance” or “perfume.” This term can really mean a whole cocktail of synthetic ingredients. But with the term “natural fragrance,” you can be sure the ingredients are physically obtained from plants using distillation, expression, or extraction. There is absolutely nothing synthetic about these fragrances.

 

  • Natural Fragrances and Flavors — Explained

 

Neat

Ordering whiskey “neat” means a straight-up glass of nothing but whiskey. So essential oils “neat” means the oils are pure and undiluted. We dilute essential oils because applying them undiluted can lead to painful skin reactions like rashes, burns, immune responses, and more. We don’t recommend going “neat” without medical supervision.

 

  • Why Can’t I Apply Essential Oils Undiluted?

 

Note

Basically, each essential oil has a note, and that note helps determine how that oil will interact with others. These notes fall into three categories: top, middle, and base. A top note is usually the first thing you’ll notice in a fragrance. They are usually fresh and uplifting and will be the first to evaporate. Middle notes help give body and fullness to a blend. They’re often what holds the blend together and makes it work. Finally, we have the base note. It’s the foundation of your entire blend and will leave a lasting impression.

 

  • Top, Middle and Base Notes: A Comprehensive List

 

Oleoresin

Oleoresin is a type of oil like an absolute or CO2 extraction. It’s the method of extraction that makes it an oleoresin. In the simplest terms, we take something like Vanilla Extract and remove the solvent to create a concentrated oil. While we continue to scour the globe for more sources, Plant Therapy currently offers one incredible stand-alone oleoresin: Copaiba.

Olfactory

The olfactory system consists of the nose, nasal passages, and the mucous membranes that create our sense of smell. So the word “olfactory” for our purposes, simply relates to the fragrances and aromas of our essential oils and other products.

Organic

All of Plant Therapy’s essential oils are 100% pure, additive, and filler-free. So what’s the big deal with the organic label? Each organic product is certified through the strict standards of ECOCERT ICO, and accredited through The National Organic Program (NOP). To qualify, we cannot use any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) when we plant, harvest, or process the oil. Furthermore, the soil where the plants grow must not have been free of prohibited substances for at least three years. No harmful pesticides can be used. Additionally, producing organic products helps preserve biodiversity.

 

  • Organic, Non-Organic: What’s the Difference?
  • PT Organic Products

 

Orifice Reducer

Not the best name, right? Yeah . . . but rest-assured, an orifice reducer is just the device placed in the opening of our essential oil bottles. It reduces the size of the bottle opening (orifice) so that it’s smaller and limits the flow of oil. You’ll also notice that thicker oils, like Vetiver, have a larger reducer to help the drops come out of the bottle a little easier.

Oxidation

In scientific terms, oxidation occurs when an atom, molecule, or ion begins losing electrons due to a chemical reaction. When an essential oil oxidizes, its smell changes and its color can be altered. If moisture gets into your essential oil bottle, it will accelerate the oxidation process. If an essential oil sits on your shelf for many years, it might become thicker, or even solidify, but this typically takes a long time.

Passive Diffusion

This method of diffusion is the simplest way to enjoy essential oils. Passive diffusion is just a fancy way to say “evaporation.” After you place few drops of essential oil on something like a tissue, or in our Diffuser Locket, the oil will diffuse via evaporation, filling the air with the oil’s fragrant molecules.

Phototoxicity

There are certain essential oils that intensify the effects of sunlight, causing burns, blisters, and discoloration. Basically, phototoxic oils contain chemical constituents that absorb UV light, store it, and release it into the skin. Because reactions can occur up to 18 hours after using the oil, we need to be mindful after applying phototoxic oils. Use the recommended dilution rates for these oils to avoid a phototoxic reaction.

 

For more info, and a handy dilution chart click here.

Plant part

Various parts of plants like leaves, peels, roots, and blossoms create oils with different benefits and fragrances. One single type of plant can produce very different oils. Distillations of different portions of the orange tree, for instance, produce Sweet Orange, Neroli, and Petitgrain.

Pregnancy & Nursing Safe

Used topically or diffused, essential oils enter your body and your bloodstream. That means if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, those oils can affect your little one as well. That’s why Plant Therapy has worked hard to create a Pregnancy & Nursing Safe line of essential oils.

 

  • Women’s Health Blog
  • Pregnancy and Nursing Safe Chart

 

Preservative

Preservatives like Optiphen ND and Germall Plus prevent the growth of mold, bacteria, and fungus in water-based products. Any product that uses water as an ingredient, like lotions, spray cleaners, and foaming hand soaps will need a preservative.

 

For help picking out the perfect preservative, click here.

Pup & Pony Approved

Not all essential oils are safe for your pets. That’s why we continue to work hard to find oils and blends that work safely for your fur babies.

 

  • Essential Oils and Pets
  • Pup & Pony

 

Sensitization

Also known as Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD), sensitization is an allergic immune response. This usually happens when essential oils are applied undiluted. Signs you should watch for include itchiness, rash, eczema, shortness of breath, or tightness in your chest. This is why it is so very important to follow proper dilution guidelines.

 

  • What is Sensitization?

 

Solvent Extraction

This method of extraction is for parts of plants whose therapeutic compounds would be damaged by traditional steam distillation. Solvent extraction uses chemicals like alcohol to extract the volatile elements. This process produces what we refer to as “absolutes.”

 

  • Essential Oil Extraction 101

 

Steam-Distilled

We get the vast majority of our essential oils via steam distillation. Passing steam through plant matter releases the essential oils and transports them into a collection vessel where they float on the surface of the water (hydrosol), then we can separate and bottle them.

 

  • Essential Oil Extraction 101

 

Synergy

When you combine two or more substances, and the resulting performance is greater than the sum of their parts, you get what we call a”synergy”. So when we combine several different essential oils, we are creating a synergistically therapeutic beneficial combination, because the interaction between the chemical constituents leads to something new, and greater than the oils used separately. We’re transitioning to rename some of our synergies to simply “blends”, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost any of their power.

 

  • Essential Oil Blends (Synergies)

 

Therapeutic Grade (aka just a marketing term)

“Therapeutic Grade” is a marketing term that other companies throw around to cast doubt on others’ products. This term is misleading, meaningless, and backed up by absolutely nothing with no certification, research, or testing. It’s 100% make-believe. Instead, look for published test reports (like batch specific GC/MS reports) that show that there are no additives or fillers in the essential oils.

Therapeutic Properties

When we talk about essential oils, we’re usually talking about their aromatic properties (how they smell) or their therapeutic properties (how they interact with the body). When a product has “therapeutic properties,” it means that it contains constituents that are used to treat specific diseases. For example, Eucalyptus Globulus is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, so we would say it has a therapeutic property that supports muscle and joint health.

Conclusion

We hope this Essential Oil Glossary has been helpful and is something you can refer back to when continuing your essential education. Our blogs and our educational downloads are always here too if you’re in need of more in-depth descriptions.

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