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What are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are the fragrant, highly concentrated natural constituents that are found in plants. They are what give the plant its characteristic odour and contain the healing power of the plant from which it was extracted. Essential oils are located in tiny secretory structures found in various parts of plants such as leaves (eucalyptus), berries (juniper), grasses (palmarosa), flowering tops (lavender), petals (rose), roots (angelica), zest of fruit (orange), seeds(coriander), resins (frankincense), bark(cinnamon) and wood (cedar).

 These volatile aromatic liquids created by plants, help them maintain their own health and vitality. It helps to protect plants from insects, shield the plant from a harsh environment and help them adapt to their surroundings. By taking essential oils you are harnessing the protective and healing powers of a plant. It has been used by mankind for thousands of years to help enhance physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Science has only recently begun to unravel how these precious liquids, and the chemical compounds they contain, can work to affect the body and mind.

How to use Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit.

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What is an carrier oil

Before essential oils can be used in aromatherapy they must be diluted in a 'carrier', since they are too powerful to use neat. Carrier oils are the most commonly used medium due to their versatility.
A carrier oil or base oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty parts of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts and is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin.
Carrier oils do not contain a concentrated aroma, unlike essential oils. Neither do they evaporate like essential oils, which are more volatile. Therefor they are classed 'fixed' oils because they do not evaporate.

 There are a range of different carrier oils each with their own individual properties and suitability towards different treatments in aromatherapy. The carrier oils used should be as natural and unadulterated as possible.
Carrier oils play a far more significant role in aromatherapy than many people realize, and in comparison to the essential oils some people feel they are of little importance. To believe this would be a mistake though, because they offer a wealth of health-giving benefits of their own.

They contain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, and many of them soften and improve the condition of the skin. Some of them are also highly effective in treating irritated, sensitive conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as helping to reduce wrinkles and scar tissue.

All carrier oils should be kept cool, and away from strong light, to retard rancidification. Rancid oils should be avoided

How to use carrier oils

There is a wide range of carrier oils to choose from., Choosing a carrier oil is exactly the same as choosing an essential oil . You choose one with the properties that you need for your particular needs

Types of carrier oils

Avocado, Apricot, Canola, Borage , Coconut, Evening Primrose , Emu oil , Grape seed, Hemp seed , Jojoba, Olive oil Peanut, Pumpkin seed, Rosehips, Sesame oil,  Safflower, Sunflower, Sweet Almond, Wheat germ, Different nuts oils etc.

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Kalahari Melon seed oil
Manketti nut oil
Moringa seed oil
Rosewood seed oil
Rosehip seed oil


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