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Is Aromatherapy Safe?

There are many ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils. However, there are guidelines to follow to safely incorporate essential oils into your life. If you don’t use essential oils properly, you risk harming your health. Follow these rules to ensure you stay safe and healthy when using aromatherapy in your daily life.

Is aromatherapy safe to apply to the skin?

Some essential oils are very mild and are able to be applied to the skin without dilution. Most essential oils require dilution before application to the skin. When in doubt, ask a qualified aromatherapist. For aromatherapy massage on a large area of skin, pure essential oils should always be diluted first in a carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut or olive oil.

Is aromatherapy safe for ingestion or internal use?

No, it is not recommended that you ingest any essential oils. Avoid putting any essential oil inside your nostrils, ears, eyes or open wounds. Essential oils can irritate or burn the sensitive tissues of the body.

Is aromatherapy safe for children?

The safest way for children to enjoy aromatherapy is through diffusion in the air using an oil burner or diffuser, or carefully inhaling directly from the bottle. Some essential oils can cause irritation as children can have sensitive or delicate skin. If applying to children’s skin, dilute essential oil in any cold pressed carrier oil before application.

Is aromatherapy safe for pregnant women?

Some essential oils should not be used around pregnant women as there is a small risk they may be harmful and cause complications in the pregnancy or to an unborn child. There are certain essential oils that can cause uterine contractions which may induce labour before the baby is ready to be born.

Is aromatherapy safe for animals?

Animals have a very sensitive sense of smell so you must be careful about which essential oils you diffuse in the air of your home or office. There are many essential oils that should not be used around pets as they can be irritating or toxic to their airways. Also be aware of applying essential oils to areas of your skin that may come into contact with your pets.

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The History of Essential Oils

Where did aromatherapy begin?

Throughout history there has been evidence of humans trading and using essential oils, not only for their aroma but also for their health benefits and healing properties. The knowledge of distillation techniques to extract essential oils from plants has been passed from ancient Egypt, the Middle East and ancient Greece, through to the middle ages. These civilisations used essential oils in religious ceremonies, for cosmetic purposes and to protect against illnesses such as the black plague.

What modern science tells us today

All around the world scientific studies have investigated the purported properties of different essential oils. With the increase in antimicrobial resistance, researchers have been looking for solutions to treat diseases that are becoming resistant to antibiotics, antifungals and also pesticides. There are many scientific studies testing how effective essential oils are against viruses, bacteria and fungi and other studies that aim to test the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of essential oils.

Tips to incorporate Aromatherapy into your life

Aromatherapy can be incorporated into your daily life in many simple ways.

You can diffuse essential oils in a diffuser or oil burner which will fill a room with the aroma of the oils.

Add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to your shower or bath to boost your mood in the morning or help you wind down after a long day.

Open a bottle of essential oil and inhale the aroma directly from the bottle.

Our in-house aromatherapist, John, has designed all of our therapeutic blends so that they are ready for application. Some essential oils are more gentle and can be applied directly to the skin but most essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil such as jojoba, olive or coconut oil before application. It is important to test the oil first on a small patch of skin. If you have sensitive skin or a reaction to an essential oil, dilute further in the carrier oil or discontinue use on the skin.

For aromatherapy massage on a large area of skin, ensure the essential oils are diluted in a carrier oil before application.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any aromatherapy questions or enquiries regarding or our all natural range of therapeutic products.

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Harness the Properties of Essential Oils

There are different grades of essential oils. Some are cosmetic grade or synthetic which are used for their perfume, are cheaper and do not have any healing properties.

Therapeutic grade essential oils are extracted from plants and are not necessarily used for their aroma or scent but for their healing properties and beneficial effect on the human body. Each essential oil has its own different set of properties. We harness these unique properties in our original Therapeutic Blends, created by our in-house aromatherapist right here at the Aromatherapy Clinic.

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The properties of essential oils vary between each oil and can range from calming and warming to analgesic (pain relieving), anti-inflammatory and even immune boosting. Or you can add certain essential oils to your homemade cleaning products for all natural anti-microbial action.

Whether you’re looking to soothe sore muscles, increase joint mobility or boost your immune system Aromatherapy Clinic has the blend for you. Try any of our Therapeutic Blends risk-free with our money-back guarantee.

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How To Extend The Shelf Life of Essential Oils

Essential oils that are properly stored have a very long shelf life, however, if they are not stored properly they can oxidise and lose their healing properties.

UV radiation, light, heat and oxygen can affect the integrity of your essential oils.

Have you ever wondered why essential oils are stored in glass bottles that are either amber or cobalt in colour? These colours help to block certain wavelengths of light and UV rays to protect the essential oils inside.

If your essential oils have changed in scent and/or appearance this is a sign that the essential oil has degraded and may not perform the same as when it was fresh.

Storage tips:

Minimise the amount of time your oils are exposed to bright light: Keep your essential oils stored in a cool dark place such as a drawer or cupboard.

Reduce the amount of time the oil is exposed to oxygen to prevent oxidation: Recap the lid of the bottle as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about essential oils please feel free to contact us.