Essential oils are key ingredients in Aromatherapy and are extracted from certain wild or cultivated plants.
They are made up of numerous different organic molecules and a large number of elements (alcohol, esters, hydrocarbons, acids and more) which unite in a delicate and complex balance.
It is this exquisite balance that produces the therapeutic and olfactory qualities. Eucalyptus, for instance, contains up to 250 different constituents!
This is why it is so important to use 100% natural oils.
The therapeutic value of essential oils lies in the total mysterious complexity of their natural composition – nature’s perfect balance.
Essential oils are thin oils with strong aroma.
They evaporate quickly.
They are so concentrated that they need to be diluted.
That is why they are mixed in base carrier oils.
Carrier oils are vegetables (based) oils that are used to dilute essential oils.
Carrier oils have an additional role in helping essential oils to penetrate the skin, particularly in massage.
Pure carrier oils are cold-pressed vegetable, nut or seed oils.
They are readily absorbed, nourish the skin and leave it soft and supple.
Carrier oils are not volatile but can oxidise and turn rancid.
They should be kept in a cool, dark place, lids on the bottles tightly secured.
It is recommended to keep them in 100 ml bottles for personal use.
The following carrier oils are used for aromatherapy: Apricot, Avocado, Evening Primrose, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Macadamia, Rosehip, Sweet Almond, Wheatgerm.
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