HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ESSENTIAL OIL FOR YOU
Essential oils are oils extracted directly from the plants in their purest form. Their purity makes them strong and highly aromatic. Essential oils can be extracted in two different ways- steam distilled or cold pressed.
The Steam distilled essential oils are created by releasing pressurised steam through the plant material. The steam opens the aromatic pockets of the plant. It is ensured that the steam does not essentially destroy the plant. The essential oil along with the steam evaporates and passes through a cooling system. This cools the steam to water and the essential oil cools on top as oil is lighter than water. Both are then separated, and essential oil is collected in the purest form.
Cold pressed essential oils are extracted various parts of the plant (root, seed, bark etc.) and is most commonly used for citrus flavoured essential oil. Cold pressed extraction is a mechanical process and involves a spike- like filter that punctures the plant and extracts the oil slowly. A spinning process is used to separate the oil from the rest of the pulp and juices released. The essential oil is then collected in a separate jar.
Essential oils collected by either means are quite effective and a high- quality oil is collected in most cases. Essential oils cannot be consumed directly in their raw form as the concentrated version can cause harm to the skin. They are most commonly used as diffuser oils or can be mixed in extremely small quantities with soaps, cremes and oils to imbibe maximum benefits out of them. Each essential oil has its own unique properties and choosing the right one for yourself is important.
We have created top 5 tips that can be remembered while purchasing essential oils.
Steam distilled or cold pressed- Essential oils that are cold pressed have a higher viscosity compared to steam distilled ones. But the steam distilled ones have stronger fragrance. You can always check the label for the type of extraction to decide which one you would prefer.
Usage- Your purchase could also vary based on your usage. If you are looking to purchase essential oils for your baths, you can choose more floral fragrances like Lavender, Eucalyptus, Ylang Ylang If you are looking for a mood elevation aromatic diffuser oil experience, it is advised to go for citrusy flavours.
User- If you are buying essential oils for the first time, make sure you ensure the environment and people around you. Older people, pregnant women and kids are highly sensitive to essential oils and may have some side effects. Make sure you buy mild flavours like Peppermint, Frankincense or Patchouli if you have sensitive people around you.
Consult your doctor- If you are looking to apply essential oils on your skin, always try on a small patch by mixing it with coconut oil and apply it on your hands and legs. Avoid applying on sensitive parts like face, private area or consult your physician before using them.
- Storage- Essential oils are very therapeutic in nature. Do try them if you are anxious or stressed. It helps calm you and your environment. Do not over- use them as they may have side effects. Do not purchase oils that have a closer expiry date or are over 3 years old. Store them in safe and dry place out of children’s reach.
So, these are your top tips to lookout for while purchasing essential oils. They may be strong, but they are extremely therapeutic in nature and helps relieve pain and stress. They are extremely beneficial for skin and hair and using it in the right way will help you enjoy its benefits for a long period of time.
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