We can call an oil “essential” only when it possesses the essence of the plant it is extracted from. Organic essential oils have the characteristic smell of the respective plant and also all kinds of aroma compounds of that plant. There are various methods to extract essential oils; the widely adopted are namely distillation, expression, solvent extraction, etc. We have jotted down 7 relevant facts about organic essential oils one must know about.
1. Not Really Oils
Essential oils, as their name suggests cannot be exactly termed as “oils”. These do not contain fatty acids unlike other regular oils and are just the highly concentrated forms of the essence of a plant
2. Entirely Natural, Cannot Be Patented
There is no synthetic or scientific way to produce essential oils. The only way to extract organic essential oils is totally and purely the natural way, so these entities cannot be patented in any form. This explains the fact why these oils are not used by any pharmaceutical drugs company. The only basis to know about the uses and effects of essential oils is practical use and experimentation.
3. Purity Test
To check the purity of an essential oil, simply put a drop of that particular oil on a construction paper. If the drop evaporates leaving no ring behind then the said oil is pure and if a ring is visible then that essential oil is believed to be diluted with some other oil.
4. Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal And Anti-Viral
These oils are high on anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. So, they find extensive use in home-made cleaning preparations. Most commonly used essential oils are grapefruit, lemon, tea-tree, eucalyptus and peppermint.
5. Elevate Mood
A massage with any of these essential oils can help you rejuvenate and lift your mood within seconds. Essential oils like lavender and peppermint have the ability to soothe your nerves and produce happy and joyous sensations while rosemary oil helps in increasing focus and concentration.
6. Sensitivity Test
Before you use an essential oil, make sure you match your sensitivity level to that oil. The process to find out whether you are sensitive to a particular essential oil or not is quite simple. Just mix one drop of the essential oil with half tablespoon of any carrier oil(almond oil, olive oil, etc.) and then apply it on the inside upper portion of your arm. After a few hours, if you experience no redness or itching then you are not sensitive to that oil.
7. Not To Be Used In Undiluted Form
An essential oil should never be used in its undiluted form. Always mix it with any carrier oil or other diluting components to prevent an adverse reaction. Although there are some exceptions to this rule like lavender, sandalwood, rose geranium that can be used in their undiluted form. In case of babies and small children, it is advised never to use essential oils in their concentrated form and also to use extremely small quantities