Posts Tagged ‘essential oil safety’

How to Use Essential Oils Mindfully

March 31st, 2016

Although essential oils smell pleasant to most, some people may have some sensitivity to particular scents or smells. Our essential oil expert and 21 drops founder, Cary Caster, explains how people can become sensitized to different scents.

 

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• Overusing essential oils can cause people to develop a sensitivity or irritation to that particular scent over time. Therefore, you should use essential oils only as needed for therapeutic or curative use and moderately as a perfume.

 

• Essential oils are extremely concentrated and powerful in their actions and thus need to be diluted for safe application. If you aren’t diluting your essential oils at all or to a safe concentration in a carrier oil (coconut or jojoba) before applying it to your body, you can develop a sensitivity to that oil with repeated use and over exposure.

 

• Using essential oils too early (infants) is not recommended for the first 1-2 years of life. If absolutely necessary for a child 1-2 years of age you may dilute to a 0.5%  concentration in a carrier oil (coconut or jojoba) and only use gentle oils such as Roman Chamomile or Lavender for their concerns. Place the diluted oil in a place on the child’s body away from their eyes and mouth. Furthermore, it’s suggested that new mothers be mindful to not over scent themselves when handling their newborns.

How to Properly Store Your Essential Oils

March 22nd, 2016

Purchasing essential oils can be rather expensive, especially if you’re buying high-quality GC-MS tested oils. It’s important to properly store your oils to ensure their longevity and shelf-life. Here are a few tips on how to properly store your essential oils:

 

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Store in a cool, dark place out of the light or in dark glass bottles. Essential oils react to sunlight, so it’s best to keep them in a drawer or medicine cabinet.

It’s important to note that different essential oils have different shelf lives due to their chemical makeup.

For Example:

Essential Oils with shortest shelf life: 

Citrus/Pines oxidize quickly and only last about a year.

Lavender and Eucalyptus 2-3 years

Essential Oils with a medium shelf life:

Rosemary and Ravintsara 3-4 years

Peppermint and Rose Absolute 4-5 years

Essential Oils with the longest shelf life:

Vetiver, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Myrrh and Frankincense 6-8 years