The essential oils revolution is continuously producing more and more advocates. And with a lot of positive feedback on the effects of oils, more people are becoming interested in using and incorporating it in their lifestyle.
Essential oil users have their own preferences when it comes to using the product, and being new to essential oils can be overwhelming. Some ways in which people use a certain oil can be weird or uncommon, but they’re actually fine and harmless. On the other hand, other practices are simply wrong — instead of providing a healthy effect, the oils only fail to do its job.
It’s important to keep yourself informed about these things, so here are seven things that you need to remember about essential oils.
Don’t shake it up.
Shaking up your bottle of essential oil is going to oxygenate the item. There is air space or oxygen inside the bottle, at the top portion. When you shake it up, it’s going to cause oxygenated stress and constituents will break down.
Keep your fingers off the orifice of the oil bottle.
Never ever lay a finger or let your skin touch the orifice of the bottle. Essential oils will get bad when they get in contact with your epithelial skin cells. No need to worry about germs, though. It’s not much of an issue because they’ll surely get killed by the oils anyway.
Keep the oil bottle within a reasonable distance from your nose.
Many beginners make the mistake of shoving the oil bottle very close to their nose. There’s no need to do this as it may only result in contamination. Keep the oil bottle within a good distance if you want to smell the aroma.
Just wait for the oil to drop.
Getting one drop from an oil bottle is either easy or difficult depending on the oil’s consistency. For instance, lemon is typically thin, so tilting the bottle would smoothly give you one drop. Vetiver, on the other hand, is very thick in consistency, so it drops really slowly. The bottles of vetiver oils usually have bigger pinholes because of this. To get one drop, you may need to warm the bottle with your hand and wait for the oil to drop. Make sure to lift the bottle up once you finally get a drop on your palm.
Rub your palms to activate the oil.
Do one turn of rubbing once you have a drop of oil on the palm of your hand. Alternatively, you can use your finger to turn the oil in your hand for three times. Afterwards, make sure to smell really deep and do it three times. There will definitely be leftover oil, so you can rub or hold it in any part of your body like your chest or neck.
Use essential oils with your pets too.
Essential oils are great for animals as well. You can easily apply it on their coat or on their paws. You might also want to use carrier oil like grapeseed. However, this can make their feet greasy, so it might be best to put oils on them when your pet is about to sleep in his kennel.
Make sure you’re using high-quality, pure oil.
What you should know is that cheap oils usually dry fast, and this is because of the alcohol fillers in the mixture. High-quality oils, on the other hand, are made up of pure oil. Hence, they dry very slowly taking up to four or five hours.
To check if your essential oil is of high quality, you can do the white cotton paper test. Simply drop oils on the paper and see if it dries quickly. If it dries slowly and leaves no circular residue, you have a pure oil. When it dries quickly and leaves a ring, you’ll know that it’s a fake oil.