Essential oils are created in small cavities in the cellular structure of plants, either in the roots, petals, seeds or peel (as in the case of citrus oils). The oil is extracted either by distillation or cold pressing. Essential oils occur at different levels in different plants, with some plants producing more than others. For instance, 100 kg of petals are required to produce 20ml of Rose Oil, while 100 Kg of leaves will yield 1 - 1.5 litres of Peppermint Oil. This means that the cost of oils will vary but that doesn't make Peppermint Oil less effective than Rose Oil. This article is a brief introduction to the most commonly used ones.
Uses of Essential Oils:
When using essential oils it is very important to adhere to the recommended dosage to achieve the desired effect. The wrong dosage (which is often the temptation to use too much) can result in skin damage, headache, nausea or similar. Some essential oils are not suitable for use during pregnancy or in conjunction with high blood pressure, while some should be used sparingly on the skin.
Using essential oils to freshen up rooms is an excellent and pleasant way of enhancing everyday life as well as creating atmosphere for festive or special occasions. Fragrances and blends of fragrances can be used to create a special effect - Romantic, for that sacred time with your partner, or Festive, to make that party of yours unforgettable. Or use the essential oil you feel intuitively drawn to use at that particular time - e.g. Lavender for serenity and Bergamot for self-confidence. To freshen up your home or room, you can use an essential oil fragrance burner, a spraying flask or an aroma stone.
Essential Oil Fragrance Burner
Used for larger spaces where the effect needs to last for a while. The bigger the space, the more oil will be required. Because essential oils evaporate spreading their aroma around the room, you may want to add more oil after a time to maintain the effect. Top note oils such as citrus and peppermint evaporate more quickly than the middle and base note oils.
These are used to create a short-term, immediate effect in a room or other spaces. For example, it can be used in the car to invigorate you or to tone down the smell inside the car. When there are colds around you can spray with e.g. lemon or after vacuuming you can use your favorite oil or blend of oils. Another tip is to spray covers, mattresses and pillows during airing with e.g. lemon and lavender to give them a clean, fresh smell.
Aroma Stones (Sand Stones)
These are used to emit fragrance over a longer period of time in smaller spaces such as cupboards, toilets, halls or chests of drawers. In the car, use peppermint to help you concentrate and at the same time counteract car sickness. In the home or at work, an aroma stone can be displayed as part of the decor.
Drops Used Directly
In your rubbish bin or compost bucket to counteract bad odors, or put a few drops on your vacuum cleaner filter so the air being blown out is filled with the cleansing, antiseptic smell of lemon, or apply something uplifting and stabilizing like geranium. If you don't want to blend the oils yourself you can purchase our ready made blends.
Essential oils can also be classified according to how they smell, e.g. rosy or minty. This method of classification has nothing to do with which part of the plant the oil comes from but rather with how the oil smells. Sometimes the difference between woody and herbaceous or spicy and herbaceous smells can be hard to define. You may also have your own ideas which differ from what we are suggesting here. It is naturally up to you and what you think, as the creator of your own perfume, is what is most important.
cedar wood, cypress, sandalwood, tea tree
benzoin, patchouli, vetivert
bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, orange
bay leaf, cloves
geranium, rose de mai (absolute), rosewood
jasmine (absolute), ylang ylang
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