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The only thing better than having oils, is being educated about them. And hopefully, this article will teach you the basics- from its authenticity to its limitations.
Essential oils are plant extracts which are obtained after passing them through steam distillers. This steam, or the ‘essence’ of the plant is then condensed and the oil is extracted from it. This oil contains the quintessential aromatic, therapeutic and medicinal qualities of the plant.
An essential oil is considered pure if it doesn’t have any chemicals, or it is not modified in any way. Pure oils usually list the plant's botanical name, such as Lavandula Angustifolia rather than terms like ‘essential oil of lavender’.
To check if it has been tampered with, drip a drop of oil on any paper and let it evaporate. A pure composition will not leave any stain behind (except for naturally coloured oils like sweet orange). If your oil doesn’t stain, be rest assured of its purity. Choose a chemical-free essential oil that has been extracted through steam distillation process.
There are essential oils for each use- be it health, skin care or hair grooming. So, the choice of oils largely depends on your concern. For instance, peppermint oil works wonders in relieving headaches while tea tree oil helps in getting rid of acne.
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A carrier agent is always suggested. Essential oils contain a dense concentration of elements which, even though 100% natural, can be harmful if used directly on skin. Therefore, they must always be mixed in small quantities with carrier oils, or agents depending on skin type. A body patch test should also be done prior to using for skin care.
No. essential oils don’t make skin oily; but the carrier agent does- if chosen wrongly. For instance, a drier skin type will require more viscous agents like jojoba or coconut oil, while oilier skin types must choose lighter agents like almond oil or Aloe Vera gel.
Choose your carrier agents wisely!
Essential oils are strictly for external use only, and should not be ingested without a mandatory consultation from a doctor or a trained aroma-therapist.
This is a valid, yet highly subjective query. Its effects varies from person to person since the reaction time varies from person to person. Your usage, frequency and biology will majorly affect the results. For definite results, we recommend inculcating these oils in your daily lifestyle rather than using them as a medicine for a short time.