At Vedaearth, we have conducted a ton of research to launch our essential oils. You hear the phrase ‘essential oil’ a lot with respect to aromatherapy, but what does it really mean?
“An essential oil is the concentrated liquid fragrance essence”
(hence the term ‘essential’) of a plant. Simply put, it’s the unadulterated ingredient that forms a major part of the off-the-shelf soaps, shower gels and body care products you use. Essential oils are usually extracted through the process of distillation.
**Note that due to its concentrated nature, an essential oil cannot be applied directly to skin or the body. It requires an agent or mediating product to be effective and at the same time not cause any sort of harm or infection when used.**
But hey, using our essential oils isn’t rocket science! Delve into the ways in which they can be used, with us right here.
A carrier oil is the oil that ‘carries’ the essential oil to your skin. It dilutes the concentrated properties of the essential oil and at the same time retains its healing properties. The carrier oil you choose depends on the body part or area upon which it is being applied. For any kind of skin condition, almond oil is the best carrier oil to use. For hair, you can choose between coconut oil and olive oil. For the lips, combine the essential oil with shea butter (this is classified as a carrier oil since butter is the solid form of oil).
A diffuser, also known as an aroma lamp, is the device used to distill the essential oil as an aroma for a home or an office. The best place to keep a diffuser is the bedroom, since quite a few of Vedaearth’s essential oils aid in insomnia and achieving a good night’s sleep. We will be talking more about how to buy the right kind of diffuser and how to use it in our upcoming blog.
Tissues and Cotton Pads
Using tissues and cotton pads for essential oils is especially effective when you have sinus, nasal and throat problems. Simply dab a few drops of the essential directly onto the tissue or cotton pad (the latter being more useful) and keep inhaling for instant and consistent relief.
Essential oils can also be paired with soy wax to make paraffin-free candles and with plant-based milks like almond milk, coconut milk and soy milk to make natural face and body cleansers and toners. Our oils can also be added to your laundry (just a few drops) and to vinegar to clean dirty surfaces in and around your home.