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Posted on: April 24, 2016

Some plants have the ability to produce essential oils of different chemistry when grown in different environments. The genus and species remain the same, but the essential oil of these plants should be labeled to reflect the chemotype.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) produces three chemotypes.

Camphor ct. -Used to stimulate elimination from the liver and kidneys. It is used in massage to treat aches and pains and relax muscles.,8 cineole ct. – High in oxides and is a go to oil for respiratory infections. Is does decrease chronic inflammation and is used in massage to increase transdermal absorption and to reduce muscle spasms.

Verbenone ct. – Used in regenerative skin care and to treat sinus infections.

Effective and safe use of essential oils
Posted on: April 11, 2016

With some guidelines and common sense you can begin adding essential oils to your personal care regimen. Begin as a safe and aware user of essential oils and continue to learn and become more confident.

I give cautionary advice to everyone. My most repeated advice is don’t ingest, know the botanical name, read read read, dilute and dilute well.

  1. Don’t ingest essential oils. Just don’t.

It’s called Aromatherapy, not Ingestatherapy. There are significant risks to this practice and very few conditions calling for the ingestion of essential oils. Some EO chemistry is changed enough by the digestive process that it is no longer effective in the same way when inhaled. We do know that the liver metabolizes some EO’s, but there isn’t much information about just what that does to the liver. What we do know is that there are cases of liver damage. Ingesting EO’s as treatment is not going to be more effective than other methods, possibly less effective and potentially damaging. If you’ve got a gallon of boring tomato sauce and think it’s reasonable to add two drops of Oregano and Thyme to the pot you are correct, this is a reasonable way to ingest essential oils.

  1. What is that oil, really?

Knowing the botanical name is important. I feel like this doesn’t need to be explained, but because I make this point frequently I should be clear about why it is important. The botanical name of a plant is its true identity. Using this as the ultimate reference point ensures accuracy. A common name or vernacular name, colloquial name or farmers name has references to regions or traditions. We should be aware of them, there’s a lot of history in them but we can be more specific. Essential oils are really just volatile chemicals and those chemicals are the reason the EO is effective in treatment. That’s the part we want to get right. The chemistry of Lavandula officinalis EO tends to be about 50/50% esters and alcohols. Esters are antispasmodic and soothing, alcohols are generaly non-toxic and non-irritating.  Another Lavender, Lavandula spica isn’t a suitable substitute. The EO of spika can be up to 70% camphor.

  1. Read read read.

Get a good reference book and use it. Get others and read them. There is an endless reading list. Research is always being done and there is new information available every year. Some books are very technical, referring to laboratory work. Some books are inspirational, with a lot of blending ideas. Some books are magical and esoteric. Just know that it’s all out there.

  1. Dilute and dilute well.

You should dilute for efficacy and safety. EO’s are more effective when delivered in a base or diffused into the air. Many essential oils are well tolerated and there are some legitimate reasons to use them undiluted. There is a lot of information out there about using oils undiluted that seems to me reckless and narrowly informed. I prefer to offer the broad advice of dilution and caution. Using essential oils neat requires proper education and caution. Injury and sensitization are real, they happen to people and it’s got to be horrible. There are going to be dilution guidelines in these books you’ll be referring to, but here’s a cheat for a reference point. 2.5% to 25%.

2.5% is a starting point for essential oils in base oil for use on the body. 25% is for a perfume, a perfume is applied a few drops here and a few drops there.


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