Essential oils are extracted from natural substances such as flowers, herbs, fruits, spices and grasses. These oils are believed to affect the body’s physical and emotional properties, which is traditionally called aromatherapy. Here are some facts to keep in mind when working with essential oils.
- Essential oils should be stored in amber-colored glass bottles away from direct sunlight.
- Most essential oils have a shelf life of two years, excepting pine and citrus oils which can lose their potency after six months.
- The color of some oils may change over time. This will not affect their potency.
- Never apply essential oils directly to the skin, dilute it first.
- Certain oils may solidify in cold temperatures. This is due to their wax content. If this happens, place the bottle in a bowl of hot water before using.
- Essential oils can be stored in the fridge, but make sure you place the bottles in an air-tight container so their smells don’t permeate food.
- Avoid using essential oils around the eye area.
- Do not take essential oils internally
- If you are allergic to what the oil is derived from, do not use that particular essential oil.