Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their emotionally uplifting properties. Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation, but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Essential oils are powerful essences that can only come from nature.
That being said, if used incorrectly, essential oils can be very harmful. Essential oils should never be stored in plastic, as the oils can melt the plastic. They should be be stored in a cool dry place, in a clean glass container. I’ve even seen these oils melt rubber. So you should never use essential oils directly on your skin. Gloves should always be worn when working with essential oils. Most of these oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (i.e. olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil), before applying them on your skin.
When mixing, you should only mix what you will need for a short period of time. Essential oils do not expire, but carrier oils do. You’ll know when a carrier oil has expired by it’s rancid smell. Some carrier oils will even get a little sticky.
Essential oils are great for relieving ailments and have wonderful health benefits, but remember to always use caution when working with them.
What are some of your safety tips when working with essential oils?