Essential oils are generally very safe to use if your follow common sense guidelines. Essential oils are extremely concentrated plant oils. Pure essential oils are not the same as the perfume oils you can purchase from street vendors. Authentic essential oils vary in price, depending on their quality and the difficulty in producing them. Some oils such as lemon and tangerine may be priced under $10 per 10ml bottle, other oils such as pure jasmine or rose oil may be $60-100 (or more) per 10ml bottle. Cheap oil imitations may smell pleasant, but they don’t have health benefits.
A few things to keep in mind:
In order to safely use most essential oils for massage, you must dilute them into some type of “carrier oil” or lotion. Carrier oils are neutral, non-irritating oils such as safflower, sunflower, apricot, grapeseed, olive, avocado, or jojoba oil. Because essential oils are so strong, they can irritate the skin if they are applied neat (at full strength). Adding essential oils into a carrier oil is an inexpensive way to create quality all-natural oils for massage.
Some of the benefits of various essential oils include:
There are many varieties of oil commonly available online or in health food stores. Experiment and see which ones you like best. Some floral scents smell feminine, but most essential oils are unisex or masculine. Lavender, for example, is marketed as a feminine scent. However, when you smell the pure essential oil, in contrast to a cheap lavender perfume oil or blend, it is unisex. Never assume an essential oil is ultra-feminine until you smell it for yourself.
The following are a few common essential oils and some of their uses:
If you are not comfortable diluting essential oil for topical use, you may choose to invest in an aromatherapy diffuser. This works well because it diffuses the scent throughout the room and adds a pleasant light humidity to the air. Diffusers range in price and are available in many attractive styles.
To better understand the benefits and safety considerations of oils, invest in a book or basic class in essential oils. You can find several online.
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