Good afternoon! I hope everyone has been enjoying this weather as much as I have! I've been taking advantage of these gorgeous days with running and yoga. Tomorrow I'm going to start building the raised garden beds with Ryan (my boyfriend). Can't wait! I'll post our progress on those.
Now back to those essential oils. When you're buying essential oils, make sure to do your research and find a trusted company that is kind to the environment and sells pure, unadulturated essential oils. When an essential oil is adulterated, you'll be able to smell it sometimes (if you're familiar with its normal aroma) or even see it as it will look like something is in the oil sometimes. Oxidation is another form of adulturation when the oil was left open to turn rancid or air bubbles are in the oil. Sometimes, an oil can have water bubbles, that is unwanted as well. If any of these show in your oil return immediately.
I do sell essential oils, message me if you would like more information on that. (Nature's Sunshine)
When you have received your essential oil, be sure to store it properly. Store these oils in a dark, cool area. You want no light to penetrate the oils, as this can affect their medicinal use. You want the oils to be in amber glass bottles. If need be, room temperature is fine. Just don't let the oils get hot.
Essential oils are volatile, meaning that they can quickly evaporate in the air. Because of this, be sure to replace the lid on the oils directly after use.
Because essential oils are concentrated (very potent) substances, you want to dilute them in a carrier oil such as almond or olive. For example, I dilute my oils in jojoba Simmondsia chinensis oil when I make beard oil. (https://www.etsy.com/listing/270967201/beard-oil-fragrance-man-of-high-spirit-2 )
Dilution varies per oil, but it's best to have a 5 - 1 % dilution for children and elderly people and up to a 10 % dilution for adults. (For an idea of what this means:
https://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/methods-of-application/ ) The only oil you can used undiluted is lavender Lavandula angustifolia.
I will post every now and the a formula dealing with essential oils, so keep watch for those goodies! Until next time: good health to you and yours!
Author: Tina Potter
Master Herbalist, I've graduated as an American Healthcare College Alumnus, I've become a member of American Herbalist Guild and author of survivalist series Survival Ember co-authored by professional survivalist Kenny Dietrich of Ashland, KY. I've been beyond blessed with the constant desire to learn and teach.
COMMON SENSE NOTICE: I do not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. What you do with the information I post is up to you, but it is advised to consult with a doctor before acting on alternative methods of medicine. I wish you all the best!