Essential Oils 101
Our products are primarily herbal based. We use a 3 stage Liquid Light process to extract nutrients and healing qualities from herbs in order to make our formulas. Several of our formulas are also made with essential oils. While essential oils offer some similar qualities to herbal extracts, they’re created and utilized differently.
No doubt you’ve been hearing about essential oils lately, even big box stores are beginning to carry them. Oils are being featured on popular talk shows, in magazines and all over sources that we might not have found them in previous years. There is, unfortunately, some misinformation being spread so we thought we’d give you a brief 101.
Here are a few quick facts to know about Essential Oils (EOs):
* The vast majority of EOs are created through a process of distillation, usually involving steam, water or Hydrodistillation. Others are cold pressed (most citrus oils are cold pressed), and a few are created through solvent extraction (for more delicate plant material)
* EOs are highly concentrated substances. For example, one drop of peppermint oil can be as potent as 10-50 cups of peppermint tea (depending on the brand of oil).
^ Because of the above, a little bit goes a long way! When used properly, one bottle of most EOs should last for a year or two.
* Always dilute your EOs. Oils should never be used “neat” (undiluted)- remember, a little bit goes a long way. Generally, a few drops will be utilized in any given preparation. (Our friend Katie over at Kitchen Stewardship has more in-depth information and ratios on her blog)
* Most EOs have a shelf life. Oils should be properly stored and maintained- ideally in a cold, dry spot and always in glass. (Oils can actually corrode plastic!) They do begin to oxidize and can go bad. When an oil goes bad the smell will be off and it can cause adverse reactions. (Check out this great storage guide from Using Essential Oils Safely).
* If used properly, EOs can be used internally. There is a lot of controversy and misinformation over the internal use of EOs. Internal use should be supervised by a trusted practitioner (such as a certified aromatherapist, naturopath, herbalist or holistic doctor). There are many oils which should NOT be used internally.
* EOs can be used for so much more than adding scent to a room! Diffusing oils is a great way to add fragrance to a room, they can also be added to body care products, cleaning products, and more.
* Sometimes EOs are adulterated: Unfortunately, many brands will cut their EOs with another oil to make it cheaper or use a less-effective extraction method. Again, do your research.
* You CAN be allergic to an oil. There has been a big misconception going around that you can’t be allergic to EOs… this is simply not true. If you have an allergy to a known substance, it is best to avoid that oil. If you experience anything similar to an allergic reaction, stop using the EO in question!
* EOs can be a great way to make friends. Many communities have meet-ups to create products together, chat about oils or even share oils among friends!
We hope this has helped give you a bit more understanding about Essential Oils. As always, feel free to reach out if you have any other questions (or if you’d be interested in learning more in a future blog!).
If you want to know more there are a number of classes and resources available. One great resource will be coming available mid-September when the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle releases, there are always e-Books on essential oils and usually at least one more in-depth course on oils (generally from Vintage Remedies). Plus we always have a freebie in the bundle!
Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.