7 Tips to Choosing an Essential Oil
Which brand should I use? What do I need to know about essential oils? Where to find them?
There is a broad variety of essential oils for both therapeutic and cosmetic use. But not much information on how to choose them correctly. I prepared this guide:
to explain how to use essential oils without harm for yourself or your family and to help you to make the right choice. If you are interested in using essential oils, then this is a must-read before you start shopping!
What is an essential oil and Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the art of for preventive and curative healing using essential oils. It is also a part of phytotherapy.
Essential oil is the volatile fragrant part extracted from different parts of the plants, for example, flowers, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, wood. It is obtained by steam distillation. I will explain this process more carefully in a future article.
Essential oils are not greasy, and immiscible in water and contain several different molecules such as aldehydes, terpenes, esters and etc.
It can be however very concentrated, therefore it is obligatory to follow the recipe carefully. If it says one drop, it means one drop only!
How to choose an essential oil and read the label in 7 steps
1. Essential oil 100% pure and natural
The market of essential oils has been growing rapidly in the last few years. Unfortunately, unscrupulous people don’t hesitate to dilute essential oils with other substances and those who aren’t very experienced cannot recognize the good quality essential oil by the smell and texture. Only the label with the information given on the bottle will guarantee the quality of the essential oil.
2. Certified Bio
This ensures the absence of pesticides or fertilizers. Unless essential oils stem from wild-growing plants. These types of essential oils will not have the organic logo on the label.
3. Lavender Fine
This is the popular name and indicates the commercial name and the type of the plant that was used, for example, Lavender Fine, Lavender Officinale, Aspic.
4. Lavandula Angustifolia
It is the botanical or Latin name of the distilled plant. This is should be taken into consideration when choosing your essential oil, for example, Lavender Fine (Lavandula angustifolia) and Lavender Aspic (Lavandula latifolia spica). They are both lavender of the same botanical family, but they do not have the same properties and are meant for different use. One can be used on the baby (Lavandula angustifolia) and the other is forbidden for children.
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5. Linalool, Linalyl Acetate → the CHEMOTYPE of the plant
In two words, it’s ID CARD, the two main assets in the plant that must be specified.
I will give you a more concrete example with Thymes:
There are more than 400 species of thyme, it’s therapeutic qualities are different from one thyme to another.
For instance, all of them are called Thymus Vulgaris, but one can differentiate them only by the CHEMOTYPE.
- CT Linalol: Thymus Vulgaris Linaloliferum (anti-spasmodic, anti-septic may be used for children)
- CT Thuyanol: Thymus Vulgaris Thujanoliferum (anti-bacterial, anti-mycotic, immunostimulant, can also be used for children)
- CT Thymol: Thymus Vulgaris Thymoliferum (Anti-infectious, may be toxic to the liver for too high dosage, prohibited to pregnant women and children)
Always check the CHEMOTYPE, it is mandatory!
6. Flowering tops
This is the part of the plants that is distilled, it can be also from a root, leaf, or seeds.
7. Net ½ fl oz (15 ml)
The amount of essential oil in the bottle.
How to store essential oils?
You can keep the essential oils for a very long time, but the bottle must be tightly closed and stored in a dry place and protected from direct light. Avoid places like the kitchen or the bathroom, because of heat or humidity. The ideal storage place is in a special essential oil organiser in a locked cupboard or medicine cabinet as same than medicines!
Now you have all the necessary information on how to choose essential oils safely. I leave some brands’ links below that I particularly like and trust. I will post more recipes and a detailed explanation of their properties in future, stay tuned!
You can check these great online stores:
NB: Before any use of essential oils, take all precautions, refer to a professional of aromatherapy.
I use the essential oils daily on me and my family and even on my daughter of 19 months old. Essential oils properties are great, but my first requirement is the quality and safety, no hazardous recipes, always refer to an EXPERT author.
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