“What are essential Oils?”
Essential oils are the volatile (meaning evaporates easily) components that are synthesized by various plant tissues of a single plant species. These oils are obtained from botanical materials by distillation or expression. The term “essence,” in alchemy refers to the ‘spirit’ of the plant but should not be confused with the sap of a plant. It consists of sometimes hundreds of individual biochemical components known as constituents. The unique combination of these constituents provides a diverse range of abilities within our bodies.
Are all essential oil brands the same?”
Essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. This is both good and bad. Good because if the FDA was involved in the supplement industry then supplements of all kinds, including herbs and essential oils, would end up being considered medications and then would only be available with a prescription and the cost would increase exponentially. Bad because there is no one regulatory agency overseeing their production which makes it possible for companies to produce products that are sub-par. Many labels will say 100%, pure, and even therapeutic though they are adulterated and not appropriate for therapeutic use. This is why it is imperative to consult with a Registered Aromatherapist when purchasing essential oils.
Can essential oils be used for cooking?
Yes, some oils can be used for cooking. The FDA lists many essential oils as GRAS (generally recognized as safe). Though they are considered safe, it is important to not exceed the recommended daily dose. That information can be obtained from books such as Tisserand’s Essential Oil Safety. You can also ask your Registered Aromatherapist. Remember, though, that essential oils are volatile, so when they are exposed to the air, they evaporate. Also, they are concentrated, so one or two drops would be very strong and they will lose their therapeutic benefit when exposed to heat.
Can essential oils be taken internally?
ONLY take essential oils internally under the supervision of a Registered Aromatherapist! They are trained to know which oils are appropriate and in what dosage.
How can I tell what oils are therapeutic quality?
You cannot trust marketing. That seems obvious. According the ARC (Aromatherapy Registration Council) Registered Aromatherapists have completed a minimum of 200 hours of training which includes learning how to distinguish quality.
How is therapeutic aromatherapy different than my favorite MLM company?
A Therapeutic Aromatherapist is trained to holistically evaluate each client and consider the whole person in their assessment. Each blend is created specifically for whatever body system is out-of-balance. Each ointment is customized with cautions and contraindications examined. MLM companies create a variety of generic blends and market them.
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