Essential oils have been around for centuries and their use is still very popular in different areas around the world today. There are easily over 1,000 uses for these fragrant oils and an equal amount of benefits.
For many though, the use of essential oils usually raises various different questions. ‘Are they safe for children?’ ‘Does quality matter?’ ‘What if I have allergies?’ We have put together some frequently asked questions but feel free to contact us if you feel one is missing so we can expand our list.
1. Does the quality of the essential oils matter?
If you would like to reap the maximum benefits of using essential oils, then yes, the quality of the oils will determine how effective they are. While you want to be getting your money’s worth, buying cheap, inferior quality products will not give you the results you are aiming for. In the worst case, some of the cheap quality oils can even cause skin irritation as they will not always be pure. Always use a trusted and reputable supplier like Essential Oil Supplies for peace of mind.
2. Are they safe for children to use?
Essential oils are commonly used for medicinal purposes and you may be wondering if they can help your child. When a child or infant is unwell, essential oils can be mixed with a carrier such as coconut or vegetable oil and applied to their chest and back or on the soles of the feet. This can help with congestion, coughs and colds.
Not all essential oils will be suitable for children. This will depend on the pungency of the oil. You should always inquire on a per oil basis to assure the safety of your child. Some known child-friendly oils include bergamot, cedarwood, lemon and rosemary. We are always happy to discuss more safe options as this is only a short list.
3. If I have allergies, would Essential Oils be safe to use?
It is always recommended that people with known sensitive skin conditions consult their health practitioner before applying any oils to the skin. All essential oils are highly concentrated & therefore may cause hypersensitivity reactions. DoTerra Essential oils do not use synthetic ingredients which lessen the risk of adverse reactions.
4. What are the best blends to use?
As there are over 1,000 different uses for essential oils, there are a multitude of different blends that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Whether you’re suffering from a cold or wish to use as part of an aromatherapy experience, essential oils are unique and wonderful for creating blends that suit you. DoTerra offers an extensive range of essential oils including frankincense, orange and eucalyptus which can be perfect for combatting cold or flu.
We recommend blending in a hot bath or more traditional diffuser. Lavender and Cedarwood are also commonly used in diffusers for more therapeutic benefits. These are just some examples of known blends. Be brave in experimenting with various blends of your favourite oils and discover a new favourite. We’d love to hear about the blends you create.
5. Are essential oils more effective if you use them in a diffuser?
Adding a few drops of essential oils to your diffuser creates a pleasant and relaxing environment in your home. The fragrant scent will fill the room with the vapour which is let out. This vapour is then gently picked up by the body, soothing the nervous system and allowing the essential oils to have maximum impact, where providing restful sleep, clarity of mind or uplifted mood. Diffusers can promote a range of healing benefits to support your health and well-being and offer the perfect delivery method for your essential oils.
6. Can essential oils be ingested?
In more ancient traditions, essentials oils have been ingested. It was believed to increase the healing properties and speed, as they absorb quicker into the system than applying to the skin. We recommend you stick to the promoted methods of delivery on the bottles and avoid ingestion of oils unless used in accordance with specific guidance pertaining to that oil.
7. How should I store my oils?
By storing your oils in sealed containers and out of extreme conditions such as direct sunlight they will preserve much better and keep their potency longer. We have a range of storage solutions for your oils on sale here.
8. Should I use essential oils during my pregnancy?
We advise speaking to your health practitioner before use as every pregnancy and person is so different. In most cases, essential oils are safe to use when pregnant. Essential oils are a mixture of natural chemical compounds found in different plant species meaning they can also provide great comfort and benefit to mum and baby. If you do choose to use essential oils during your pregnancy, making sure they are of the highest quality should always be a priority.
9. Can Essential oils be used on the go?
You can take essential oils anywhere and everywhere. While there will be no impact on the environment or another person’s health as they are completely natural, we do suggest that you always consider those around you before using your oils. Essential oil containers may be useful when travelling, for example, the Aluminium Rectangular Lip Balm Tins.
10. Where can I learn more about essential oils?
Essentials oil use is a broad subject. There are many books on the subject with expert information and advice. You are able to educate yourself on all you wish to know from essential oils including more specific areas such as medicine, using with your pets, gardening and oil blending. You can find a range of our books and brochures here.