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General Instructions for Essential Oils

About Essential Oils
Essential oils are aromatic, highly concentrated, medicinal chemicals found in many scented plants.  Not all scented plants produce essential oils.  Sometimes it takes hundreds of individual plants to create a single drop of essential oil eg 30 whole rose blooms are required to produce 1ml of rose oil.  An Essential Oil is highly concentrated, refined extract and must be used sparingly.

Safe Use
Please read for safe use of Essential Oils.  A single drop of essential oils is toxic and can cause severe allergic reactions if placed undiluted upon the skin.  Essential Oils should never be drunk or consumed internally and always keep Essential Oils out of reach of children.

To assist in using Essential Oils safely and effectively, please find some information below:

  • Bath:  Essential Oils must only be used in single drop amounts in the Bath.
  • Massage:  Essential Oils must be diluted to a ratio of 1 part oil to 10 or more parts ‘carrier oil’. Useful carrier oils for massage include almond, apricot kernel, avocado, olive and best of all, Jojoba (which is actually a natural liquid wax which never becomes rancid unlike the other carrier oils mentioned).
  • Oil Burner/Diffuser:  One can use a little more generously when used in an Oil Diffuser.  This is not always the case, however, especially with very aromatic oils such as cinnamon, clove and black pepper. Any more than a scant drop of any of these may burn the sinus cavities, making the eyes stream with tears.
    Other oils must be used in tiny amounts because they irritate the lungs eg wintergreen, and other expensive floral oils used in perfumery.
  • Direct Inhalation:  Simply warm the bottle of Essential Oil by holding it in your hand for a moment.  Then remove the cap and sniff the top of the opened bottle.
    To prevent the bottle from touching the nose and causing possible irritation, hold the bottle 10cm away from the nose.  Tilt the head backwards
    and hold the bottle near the nose at eye level.  
    It is important that oxygen be taken into the lungs along with the oil, so alternate taking a sniff with a breath of fresh air.  Do this for no more than 5-10 times otherwise the inhalation might not be effective to cause the desired healing effect.

Disclaimer
The information contained on this website is a guide and is for educational purposes only. It is in no way complete.
It is not provided to diagnose, prescribe or treat any condition. 
Please consult a qualified practitioner in all cases as the information on this website should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a qualified health care professional.

General Guide
The information is a general guide to the benefits of each Essential Oil.  However, everyone's experiences are individual because we each use different senses, respond to stimuli differently, have different body chemistry including emotional, mental and psychological attributes.