Pure essential oils are the 100% natural essence
Each essence has an incredibly complex chemical structure which
gives each species its unique
characteristic scent and properties.
are found in highly specialised
glands within the flowers, seeds, fruit, leaves, bark or roots
of plants and can be extracted
by steam distillation or expression to produce pure
All essential oils are non-greasy, because
unlike vegetable oils they contain no fat.
Most essential oils
are colourless and
have the consistency of water. Those which are coloured include
Mandarin (orange) and Lemon (yellow). Some such as Sandalwood and
Rose are more viscous and
the bottle may require warming in the hand before becoming pourable.
How Do They
Pure essential oils exist in plants for a
For example, some act to protect the plant against
and disease or to help heal damaged tissue whilst others attract
particular insects or repel
others. These selfsame properties along with many others can be
utilised in Aromatherapy to help maintain our own well-being.
Aromatherapy is quite simply a therapy
which involves applying
aromatic plant oils
to the body in order to:
- optimise a healthy mind
the experience of body massage
relaxation or enhance
for the skin &
the home or workplace
The most popular methods of application include
aromatic baths, massage after dilution in a carrier oil, inhalation, compress and vaporization.
further details see our section on essential
oil use and our usage chart.
Essential oils are chosen for their
particular properties and can be used alone or up to three oils can be blended together either
to enhance their effects or simply to create a pleasing scent.
How Do Essential Oils Work?
essential oils can work in three ways:
In each application the oils are transported via
throughout the body and will start to do their work wherever they
- Firstly when used in inhalations
or vaporization, the airborne aromatic oil molecules are picked up
by nerves in the nose which
has a direct effect upon the emotional centre of the brain before being
inhaled into the lungs
by absorbtion through the skin and into the body through bathing
essential oils can be applied externally in
topical skin applications such
as a compress, cream, face mask or soap etc.
The Widely Differing Prices?
plants yield varying quantities of oil which accounts
for the considerable difference in price between, for example,
a citrus oil which is found
in such profusion in the peel of the fruit, and Rose oil which
requires 60,000 rose petals
to produce 1oz. of oil!
Although some essential oils
may seem expensive, a 10ml
bottle contains about 200 drops of essential oil which is sufficient
for up to 40 aromatic
baths or 65 massages - great value for money!
How Should I Store My Essential Oils?
store your oils in their original bottles away from
heat and direct sunlight with the tops firmly closed.
the shelf life of most pure essential oils is one year. Keeping
the oils in the fridge will
prolong their life.
Precautions To Take When Using Essential Oils *
- Never take essential
- Always use as directed and do not exceed
the stated amount.
- Avoid contact with the
eyes and mucus membranes.
out of the reach of children & pets!!
- With the exception of Lavender & Tea
Tree, do not use essential
oils undiluted on the skin.
- If pregnant, suffering
from epilepsy or high blood pressure seek professional advice
- If you should suffer
a reaction to an essential oil stop using immediately.
- Do not use essential
oils on children under 5 years except under professional advice.
For children under 12 years and the elderly,
halve the stated amount.
- To avoid any risk of
toxicity, alternate the use of different oils. Do not use any
one oil for longer than 2 weeks.
Wait 1 week before recommencing treatment.
SAFETY DATA for each individual oil can be found along with its description and price in the
oils section of the catalogue.