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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Aromatherapy?
2. What are essential oils?
3. How do essential oils work?
4. Why would one use essential oils?
5. How can I be sure I am purchasing a good quality essential oil?
6. What is meant by adulteration?
7. What is meant by neat?
8. What dilutions of essential oils should be used?

What is Aromatherapy?

When we use the term Aromatherapy we mean the use of therapeutic quality essential oils to promote wellness and balance for body, mind, and spirit.

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What are essential oils?
Essential oils occur naturally in some plants and are the aroma that one smells. Essential oils are tiny drops, which are found in different parts of the plant. They can be found in flowers, leaves, stems, bark, wood, roots and fruits of plants. For instance squeeze the skin of an orange and you'll get an aromatic, volatile essential oil. Essential oils are complex chemical compounds containing esters, alcohols, phenols, aldehydes, ketones, terpenes, ethers and sesquiterpenes among others. Each of the chemicals contained in an essential oil will impart its own unique properties to that oil. For example lavender essential oil would have analgesic, antidepressant, carminative, rubefacient, stimulant and sudorific properties as some of its major chemical constituents are linalool, linalyl acetate, geraniol and lavandulol. Essential oils are volatile as they evaporate easily, and although called an oil are in fact not oily to the touch and will not leave an oily residue behind if dropped onto paper or cloth. Pure Essential oils are extracted from the plant by a number of different means including steam distillation (the method most often used), cold pressing, enfleurage, solvent extraction and CO2 extraction.

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How do essential oils work?
Essential oils enter the body by two methods. When inhaled they enter the body via the olfactory system, which has a direct connection to the limbic system in the brain. The limbic system is known as the primitive brain and it encircles the top of the brain stem and forms a border linking cortical and midbrain areas with lower centers that control automatic, internal body functions. It comprises the hippocampus, amygdala, septal area and several regions of the cerebrum. It is associated with feelings such as hunger, thirst, anger, sadness, sexual arousal and pleasure. It is also associated with creativity, learning and memory. This is one of the reasons why so often something that we smell will trigger a memory or remind us of something or someone. This can be both pleasant and unpleasant. The sense of smell is very sensitive and in fact we do not even have to be able to consciously smell something for it to have an effect on us.
When diluted and applied externally, some of the essential oil molecules may permeate the skin, pass through the capillaries and into the blood stream which will of course carry them to all parts of the body.

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Why would one use essential oils?
Essential oils are used for many different reasons and in a number of different ways. They can truly address the needs of the body, mind and spirit.
They can be used to help with emotional challengers such as lack of self esteem or they can be used for more physical and mental problems such as stress, muscle aches and pains, headaches, depression, colds and flu etc.
Aromatics have a long history of being used in religious or spiritual practices and today essential oils can be utilized to access the spiritual side of our nature. They can be diffused while meditating or praying.
They can be used in a diffuser to create just the right mood or atmosphere or to clear a stuffy nose.
They can be added to personal products such as soaps, body lotions and creams for skin care and personal hygiene.
They can be used in baths, compresses or massage oils to enhance many different aspects of life.

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How can I be sure I am purchasing a good quality essential oil?
Only buy your essential oils from reputable dealers that sell 100% Pure essential oil. Be wary of essential oils that all cost the same price. In the case of pure essential oils this is an impossibility. For example the essential oil yield from different plants varies greatly and any source offering oils such as rose, neroli and jasmine (which have a low essential oil yield) for the same price as lavender, peppermint and orange (which have a much higher yield) must be suspect. You would expect a good essential oil to be sold in a dark glass bottle (usually blue or brown, sometime violet or green) and to have the following information available on the label and/or information leaflet.

Name of the oil.

Latin name of the oil.

Country of Origin.

How the essential oil was obtained.

Part of plant it was obtained from.

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What is meant by adulteration?
Adulteration is when an essential oil has been added to or changed. There is nothing wrong with this practice as long as the customer is fully informed of what he/she is buying. For instance, in order to extend an essential oil, a carrier oil could have been added. Unless clearly marked on the label that the essential oil is diluted in carrier oil this is, of course, highly unethical. Given the high cost of some essential oils, this can happen which is unfortunate. Another way oils can be adulterated is to extend an essential oil with a similar smelling cheaper oil. Here, what you are purchasing is a 100% essential oil, however, you are not getting the oil you thought you were getting. Jasmine is an example of an oil that is often sold adulterated. Jasmine yields an extremely small amount of essential oil and is very expensive. If you see Jasmine offered for the same price as for instance Lavender, beware.
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What is meant by neat?
This just means that the oils are undiluted. They are PURE!
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What dilutions of essential oils should be used?
Essential oils are concentrated substances so remember less is better than more. Do not use undiluted essential oils topically on the skin and be sure you are aware of any contraindications with regards to each particular oil before you use it. Two exceptions to this rule may be with Lavender and Tea Tree.

To a bath add 3 - 8 drops of essential oil or blend of essential oils.

In a massage oil or body product use a 2% dilution, or 15 drops to 30ml (1oz) of carrier oil or base product.

For children, pregnant women, the elderly or ill you would reduce the dilution to 1%, or no more than 7 drops to 30ml (1oz).

For the face, it is also recommended to use no more than a 1% dilution.

A personal perfume usually has a much higher percentage than a massage oil or body product (cream or lotion). A 7 - 10% dilution is often used. 15 - 20 drops of essential oil or essential oil blend are added to 10 ml (1/3 oz) of
jojoba or alcohol.

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At Aroma-Pure, Our mission has always remained the same: to supply the finest, purest essential oil and aromatherapy products at honest, competitive prices. Our dedication to customer service means that we aim to ensure that every time our customers deal with Aroma-Pure, it is a pleasant and memorable experience.