Herb Cottage Natural Therapies Clinic
Herb Cottage Natural Therapies Clinic
For Essential Oils | Aromatherapy | Hypnotherapy | Therapeutic Massage|
Gooseberry Hill, Western Australia   email: leeannd@iinet.net.au   Telephone / Fax : (08) 9293 4562

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ESSENTIAL OILS

    • What is an essential oil?
      A concentrated aromatic liquid substance extracted from flowers, fruits, leaves, bark, roots, grasses, seeds & gums.

    • How are they extracted?
      Usually the oils are extracted by means of steam distillation, expression (cold pressed eg. citrus) and other methods include the use of volatile solvents and dissolving.


    • What can these oils be used for?
      In massage, body oils, cosmetics eg. moisturisers and toners, inhalation, pot pourri, cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing, bathing, candles, soaps, washing and atmosphere enhancing.


    • What are base or carrier oils?
      Vegetable, nut or seed oils, many of which have therapeutic properties and a good source of nutrients and energy. It is preferable to use cold pressed oils on your body because of their purity and simplicity of production.

Here is a list of the most popular carrier oils available.

* SWEET ALMOND * GRAPESEED * PEACH KERNEL * AVOCADO *
JOJOBA * APRICOT KERNEL * MACADAMIA * COCONUT *

Each of these oils has its own attributes. They vary in actions, colour, viscosity and smell. Use on their own, or blend with other carrier oils and add your selected essential oils, refer to dilutions below.

Essential oils are natural, precious and potent, only a few drops are needed for most purposes. The amount of oil varies in each plant eg. approximately 200 kg of fresh lavender flowers produce 1 kg of oil. Their simplicity and strength lies within their therapeutic ability to address the mind, body and emotions simultaneously. Each oil possesses anti-viral, anti-bacterial, fungicidal and antiseptic qualities in varying degrees.

SAFETY ADVICE
Store oils in amber glass away from heat and light. Keep lids on firmly.

Due to the intensity of essential oils they are toxic if swallowed or incorrectly applied.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.       
AVOID using near or on the eyes.

Essential oils are Flammable in varying degrees.
DO NOT apply essential oils undiluted over large areas of the skin with the exception of lavender on insect bites and stings.

MASSAGE OIL:  To 100 mls carrier oil add 50 drops of essential oil. You may prefer more or less.

BATHING:  Add 3-6 drops of essential oil to your bath water, soak for 15 minutes. Add oils to a teaspoon of milk for better dispersion.

INHALATION:  Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming water. Use a towel to cover both your head and the bowl. Breathe in deeply for healing vapours.

ROOM VAPORIZATION:  Choose an essential oil to lift your spirit, enhance your activities or to sleep peacefully. Place 3-6 drops in your vaporizer, aromatizer or tea light oil burner.

DIRECT APPLICATION - AS SKIN PERFUME:  Place one drop of oil on the pulse points, or on your hair to create a natural perfume.

POT POURRI:  Use 2 cups of dried herbs, flowers, citrus peel and spices. Add 5-10 drops of essential oils to 1 tablespoon of fixative (eg. sandalwood or orris root). Mix all together and gently stir.

ROOM SPRAY:  50 drops of your chosen essential oil added to 100 mls of warm water and put in your spray container. Shake before use.

OTHER WAYS OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS INCLUDE :

First aid in the home on insect bites and stings, poultices, compresses, ointments and liniment.

Cosmetics, eg. cleansers, toners, scrubs, moisturisers.

Hand and foot baths, saunas, showers, hair tonic, aftershave.

Candlemaking and soapmaking.

SPECIFIC STANDARD ESSENTIAL OILS:  
These oils meet criteria such as those set down by recognised authorities eg. British Pharmacopoeia (B.P.) which stipulate a range of designed specifications such as that oils from different harvests and years may have to be blended to meet these specifications. Natural seasonal variations are thus smoothed out to produce a product of uniform quality. Some may then require further rectification to improve their quality and odour. These are the rectified or double distilled oils. The oils are marked accordingly:


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