A few minutes to learn about:

  • What Are Essential Oils

  • How to Use Essential Oils

  • How to Diffuse Essential Oils

  • Tips for Topical and Skin Use

  • Uses For in Your Home

  • The Importance of Using Carrier Oils

  • How To Take Care of Your Oils

What are Essential Oils?

In a nutshell (and often even from nuts) Essential Oils (EO’s) are concentrated liquid plant extract. It’s actually quite interesting but an essential oil is not technically an oil. It feels a bit like it, it blends perfectly in regular oils, and it’s lighter than water. All signs of an oil.

Essential Oils are primarily used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes. They are called Essential because they contain the very essence of the plant. Some go so far as to say the very soul! Take a small smell from some pure rose essential oil and it’s hard to argue about it!

Essential Oils can be taken from many sources. Including:

  • Flowers / Flowering Buds
  • Grasses
  • Fruits (mostly Rind)
  • Roots
  • Tree Bark
  • Leaves
  • Branches / Twigs

There are over 11,500 plants in which we can extract essential oils, but only around 500 of them are extracted for use.

How to Use Essential Oils

There are 3 main ways of using your oils. There is technically a fourth (ingesting it) but we do not advocate ingesting essential oils and so we will not talk about it here in more detail.

Hover over the boxes to learn a bit more about that method of use!

Diffusion

Ideal method for Aroma Therapy

Diffusion

There are a few ways you can diffuse your oils into the air. You can mix it with some water and use a spray bottle, use an aroma diffuser, warm oil diffusion and more! The idea here is to get the Essential Oil into the air for us to breathe.

Topical or Skin

For a slower more controlled use

Topical or Skin Use

There are a few EO’s that are very gentle and can be used neat (undiluted), but most should be diluted with a carrier oil, which have their own great benefits! Using a carrier oil lets you dilute oils as much or little as you like to change the potency of the oil.

Home Use

Many ways to improve your home life!

Home Use

Essential Oils are not just helpful for you, but can also be used in the home in many ways! From killing mold or bacteria, disinfecting surfaces, pest control, and many more!

How To Diffuse Essential Oils

There are many ways to diffuse Essential Oils. We’re going to talk about 3 common ones.

Direct Inhalation
Direct Inhalation is the simplest. You simply open the bottle and take in a deep breath! You can also put the oil in hot steamy water (keep head a good bit away from the steam to avoid burning!). Putting it on a plate of water and having a fan blow the oil particles around, or even something as simple as putting a soaked cotton pad hanging from your ceiling somewhere (our personal least favorite method)

Ultrasonic Diffuser – Some Examples on Amazon
Ultrasonic Diffuser is our preferred way for diffusion. It keeps the particles intact, it fills a medium sized room quickly, and you can feel the benefits almost immediately! Simply use 1 or 2 drops for a small 100-250ml ultrasonic diffuser and that should be enough.

Candle Warmer – Some Examples on Amazon
This one is easy and cheap as well. Basically you take a Candle Warmer and put some essential oil with some water (one or two drops is enough. Use more if you’d like!) and let it do it’s thing. It’s not too effective in filling the room with a pleasant smell however, it’s a mild and subtle method.

Tips for Topical and Skin Use

Essentials Oils are fantastic allies in curing a ton of skin issues! From infections, acne, lice, even helping against receding hairlines. Because we dilute most Essential Oils with a carrier oil before putting it on your skin, there are a lot of ways to create blends that have powerful synergy together and feed their effects into our system slowly and safely.

The Skin Sensitivity Test

If you ever want to test if an oil will cause irritation for you, it’s always a good idea to take a drop and rub it on the soles of your feet. This is your least sensitive part.

Quick Words of Caution:

  • Many Essentials oils can cause irritation on skin unless used with a carrier oil. There are a few gentle ones but if you have sensitive skin you should consider diluting all your essential oils with a carrier.
  • If you accidentally cause irritation/rashes after using an oil, please DO NOT use water on it! It will not help! Apply a carrier oil like olive oil or sunflower oil to dilute it and slow down the oil absorption.

Uses for in Your Home

Essential Oils also have very important uses for your home.

Wide Spread Balance

Arguably the most vital is the oils you diffuse as those oils effect everybody! Gentle and relaxing oils do wonders for keeping the busy hectic influences of your life outside your door. Using carefully prepared synergy blends can help offset or increase moods as you see fit.

Using a nice festive blend for the holidays can boost happiness and joy to those in your home! Stress and anxiety relief blends can work great during times of increased pressure.

Improve Home Life

You can also sanitize busy public areas using spray bottles, disinfect surfaces, protect against mosquitoes and other undesirable insects, freshen the air, and so many other possibilities!

Carrier Oils and Why Use Them

Carrier Oils! Essential oils are very powerful stuff, which is why we recommend using carrier oils to slow down the absorption process.

Carrier oils are usually created from cold pressing vegetables, nuts, or seed oils, many of which have therapeutic properties of their own. They do not lessen the therapeutic benefits of essential oils; they spread them further and make essential oils easier on the skin.

Examples of carrier oils include Olive, Jojoba, Avocado, Sweet Almond, and Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Taking Care of Your Oils

And last but certainly not least lets talk about how to take care of your oils!

It’s important to note that an essential oil may keep it’s fragrance for many many years… even up to 20 years. But just because the fragrance may keep intact the medicinal value of the essential oil itself has long past. Citrus based oils can often be identified as spoiled as the oil can go rancid. It loses it’s clear sea through quality, it will even smell a bit rancid.

Maximizing Your Essential Oils Shelf Life

The easiest and best way to keep your oils alive and kicking for as possible is by simply keeping them in a nice cool, dark place. Be careful to:

  • Expose your oils to direct sunlight
  • Tighten the cap very tightly after use
  • Keep them in overly warm places

Any 3 of those things can hurt your oils life span.

Extending Your Essential Oils Shelf Life

If you are willing, putting your oils in your refrigerator can double their shelf life! Though a word of caution that you especially make sure your lids are on tight unless you want to risk your fridge smelling like your oils! Which isn’t always a bad thing!

How Long do Oils Last Anyway?

Generally the rule of thumb is oils keep their healing potential from 6 months to 3 years. Some oils can live up to 5 years but we do not agree with that. We believe that citrus based oils like lemon grass, lemon, tangerine, etc. usually last around 6 months and steam distilled (vast majority) based oils last 1-2 years.