In light of launching our Essential Oil Series, and teaming up with Aromatherapist, Carrie Keller, we thought it would be helpful to provide a simple and hippily guide to “Essential Oils”. Our community embodies many different levels of knowledge for these earthly gifts. The premise of HMAC is to learn from one another, so in this spirit we hope this simple series will inspire you to share your knowledge and/or ask questions.
In this post we will discuss the terminology often used when describing or discussing oils, different way to apply or use oils, and benefits they posses. Please research all oils and recommended type of application before yousing. Since oils are volatile liquids that are extracted from plants, they are very powerful and should be used with respect and awareness.
Below is a list of terms and definitions commonly used in regards to Essential Oils:
Carrier Oil: A carrier oil refers to an oil which “carries” the essential oil and dilutes it so the effects can be applied over a larger surface area. Example of carrier oils: sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, or olive oil.
Neat: Applying an oil “neat” refers to using the oil by itself, with no dilution of a carrier oil.
Single Oil: A singe oil is just that… an essential oil by itself (i.e., Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint).
Oil Blend: Oils mixed together to combine their individual properties and/or aromas.
Topical Application: Using the oil directly on the surface of the body. Examples of topical use are: direct application on area of concern, massage, compresses, and baths.
Aromatic Application: Inhaling the essential oil. Examples of Aromatic application are: Diffusion, direct inhalation, vaporizer or humidifier, perfume or cologne.
Internal Application: Ingesting the oil typically though the mouth. Examples of Internal Application are: Sublingually (placing under tongue), Capsules, Beverages, and Cooking.
Be extremely careful when ingesting Essential Oils. Do your research as most Essentials oils are too strong for our bellies. For example one drop peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 26-28 cups of peppermint tea! The majority of oils are best when applied topically or inhaled. If you do ingest be sure to research thoroughly and use high grade organic oils.
Below is a brief list of benefits:
Promotes emotional and physical healing
Essential Oils which are produced purely with therapeutic-grade processes are naturally more costly then oils that have been processed with high pressure and rapid processing. High quality oils posses protective, immune-strengthening, and regenerating properties of plants. The necessary methods in which to keep these properties are more costly. Initially investing in oils can potentially be a little overwhelming. This is why we aim to simplify the process and information so you can make a more informed decision. We hope you will embrace the many benefits of essential oils as I believe they are well worth the investment!
Stay tuned for our first featured oil!
Are there any other basic and important information we forgot to include? Please share!