Here are a few definitions that are helpful to know to truly benefit from these amazing oils.
Not only that, you can dazzle your friends with your newfound holistic vernacular at your next dinner party.
Let’s start with a few commonly asked questions…
Carrier oil, also known as base oil, are all natural oils derived from vegetarian sources like nuts, seeds and vegetables. They are wonderful for essential oil dilution and application to the hair and skin. Essential oils can really pack a punch, and a number of them should be diluted into a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba oil or Sweet Almond Oil. These carrier oils have a long list of health benefits all on their own, and when mixed with essential oils, they allow them to be easily applied and spread onto the hair or skin to provide safe and effective benefits.
Fractionated coconut oil is just like it sounds, a fraction of the coconut oil. The fractionating process removes almost all the long chain triglycerides using steam distillation, leaving the medium-chain triglycerides. This makes it an absolutely saturated oil packed with lauric acid, vitamins A, C and E, antioxidants, and super moisturizing capabilities. This light and absorbent carrier oil is also antiviral and antibacterial, Unlike Virgin coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil is a liquid at room temperature, mixes well with essential oils and will not clog pores, making it an all around favorite for skincare and anti-aging.
Topical application of essential oils is the applying of oils to the skin or hair. Many essential oils can be used topically with a carrier oil, but the way they are used will vary from oil to oil. Certain oils can affect sensitive skin types, causing itchiness or a rash if not properly diluted. Oils are just as potent, spread easier, decreased risk of a skin reaction and help increase absorption, so when in doubt, dilute it!
The aromatic application is the most widely known and used. We all know that essential oils smell fantastic and can be used to freshen up the home. But it's much more than that. The delightful aroma you breathe is actually microscopic vapor molecules of the essential oil itself, containing all the healing properties of the source plant itself. Our noses contain the olfactory system, which is closely connected to the limbic system of the brain. Essential oils have a highly positive affect on this, and therefore on the physical mental and emotional systems of the body.
External application of essential oils refers to using them in ways other than to directly affect the body. Many essential oils can be mixed and used in countless ways throughout your home. Not only are they strong and effective cleansers, they leave your home smelling remarkably fresh without the harsh chemicals or lab created fragrances.
The internal mode of application is the ingesting of essential oils, which we do not recommend. Essential oils are extremely potent and concentrated, giving them the power to cause damage if taken orally. While most oils are perfectly safe, others pose a risk for small children and pets if not used without the proper education and expertise. If you are looking to explore the internal application of essential oils, please do so under the care of a qualified professional and take proper precautions.
A diffuser is a device that vaporizes a mixture of essential oils and water into the air for aromatic purposes.
Ultrasonic diffusers use water and ultrasonic waves to diffuse essential oils into the room. Not only do they create and disperse the fragrant oil vapor throughout the room, they humidify, deodorize and ionize the air. In recent years, ultrasonic diffusers have become very affordable and come in different sizes and styles, some even have fancy colored lights and ways to adjust the vapor output.
A stylish, personalized and portable way to diffuse essential oils on the go. Available for men and women alike, this chic option helps you to express your passion for fashion and benefit from your oils, all while smelling fantastic. This will satisfy your eye for jewelry and your nose for fine oils.
The most common process of extracting an essential oil is by distillation, a process that isolates the aromatic, volatile element of the plant with steam.
Expression, or cold pressing, is most often used for citrus, where the essential oil is unlocked from the tiny pockets in the peel or rind. Oils extracted by cold pressing are the most volatile of essential oils, meaning that they evaporate quickly when exposed to air. This is one reason citrus oils like Lemon and Sweet Orange are often applied with carrier oils or mixed into household cleaning product and not used alone.
Below, I have included a list of terms I come across often that will help you understand the world of essential oils a bit better, while making you sound like a total essential oils pro!
Absolute: The most concentrated form of fragrance obtained when distilling a concrete
Adulterate: This is when unscrupulous companies mix pure essential oils with a base oil - thereby watering down the essential oil - but then still sell the 'watered down' oil as 100% pure essential oil. This is a huge problem in the essential oil market, as people are tempted to adulterate their oils for higher profit margins.
Analgesic: Relieving or deadening pain
Anaphrodisiac: Lessening sexual desire
Anesthetic: Pain relieving by loss of sensation
Antibacterial: Fights bacterial growth
Anti-depressant: Helps to counteract depression and lifts the mood
Antifungal: Prevents the growth of fungi
Anti-histamine: Counteracts allergic reaction
Anti-infectious: Prevents against infection
Antimicrobial: A substance reducing or resisting microbes
Antioxidant: A substance to prevent or delay oxidation
Antiparasitic: Acts against parasites
Antiseptic: A substance helping to control infection
Aphrodisiac: Increasing sexual desire and sexual functioning
Aromatherapy: The therapeutic use of essential oils
Astringent: Causing contraction of organic tissue
Carcinogenic: A substance that promotes cancer or cancerous growths
Carrier Oil: An oil which is used to dilute essential oils for the purpose of massage. Vegetable oils obtained from plants that are fatty and non-volatile
Cold pressed: Refers to a method of extraction where no external heat is applied during the process
Diffuser: A device which helps to release the fragrance molecules into the air
Distillation: A method of extraction used in the manufacture of essential oils
Essential oil: Volatile aromatic liquid constituting the odorous principles of botanical matter
Expectorant: A substance that helps to expel mucus from the lungs
Expression: Is an extraction method where essential oils are pressed to obtain the oil
Flower water: The water resulting from the distillation of essential oils, which still contains some of the properties of the plant material used in the extraction
Fractionated oils: Refers to oils that have been re-distilled, either to have terpenes removed or to remove other substances
Fungicide: A substance which destroys fungal infections
Hybrid: A plant created by fertilization of one species by another
Hydro-diffusion: Is a distillation method of essential oil extraction where the steam is produced above the botanical material and then percolates down
Infused oil: An oil produced by steeping the macerated botanical material in oil until the oil has taken on some of the material's properties
Infusion: Herbal remedy made by steeping the plant material in water
Massage Therapy: The manipulation of soft tissue to enhance health and general well-being
Microbe: Minute living organism such as pathogenic bacteria and viruses
Oxidation: Related to the addition of oxygen to an organic molecule, or the removal of electrons or hydrogen from the molecule
Pathogenic: An agent causing or producing disease
Pheromone: Chemical messenger used between people
Phytohormones: Plant substances mimicking the actions of human hormones
Phytotherapy: Treatment of disease with plant material, including herbal medicine
Synthetic: Refers to anything not of organic source