Create your own toxic free life!
Purify your body, home, car, office and pets.
Powerful essential oils hold the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into bodywork and more. They inspire a positive emotional state, enhance your physical wellness, purify your home, refine your skin and create deep spiritual awareness.
When trying to live a healthy lifestyle, sometimes the last areas we may think to change are our cleaning and personal care products. We still want our homes to be clean and free of pests and harmful germs; however, some of the household chemicals we use to clean our homes pose some very serious health risks. This is why it is so important for us to educate ourselves and find out what toxins we are regularly exposed to, ways to limit or reduce our exposure, and what products to use that are safe and effective alternatives.
Look for plant and mineral based toxin free products. Comprised of only safe, natural, and effective ingredients that are infused with essential oils. Organic and biodegradable, they have natural mold cleaners that fight household germs without harming your health.
It may not be possible to avoid ALL of the toxins in our lives, but there are plenty of ways to significantly reduce your family’s exposure through simple lifestyle changes and behaviors.
FAQ: ESSENTIAL OILS & PRODUCTS
Information is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, prescribe, prevent, or cure any diseases. If you have a specific health concern, please see your physician.
I’m new to essential oils. How are they used? – Each bottle of essential oils is labeled with directions for how that oil can be used, and these directions vary based on location. Please consult with the product label for appropriate use directions.
I see the term “carrier oil” used in several places. What is a carrier oil, what does it do, and why should I use it? – A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute EO. Carrier oils ensure that EOs applied topically are comfortable. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the EO, and prevents waste due to excessive application. Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or petroleum derivatives (petroleum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils. Some consumers choose to avoid olive oil as a carrier oil because of its strong aroma and thick viscosity.
What is a hot oil? – “Hot oils” are oils that, when applied to the skin, can cause a hot or burning sensation. Use a patch test procedure prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of EO to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1-2 hours for any noticeable reaction; usually reactions occur within 5-10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or if you develop a rash, add a carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed. Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves.
What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation? – If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the EO, and apply a carrier oil to the affected area. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If a rash occurs this may be a sign of detoxification; drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of body toxins. Toxins present in petrochemical based soaps and skin care products, detergents and perfumes may trigger some of the detoxification reactions. Consider discontinuation of these agents if a reaction occurs. Before using the EO again, perform a patch test (see above) and dilute with carrier oil as needed. Water drives oil into the skin and the eyes. If EO gets in your eye, flush with a carrier oil to alleviate any discomfort. Discomfort should be alleviated within minutes. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, please seek medical attention. Be aware that some documents suggest diluting the oil with water. Experts suggest that you dilute with carrier oil to ensure that discomfort is alleviated as quickly as possible.
Can essential oils be applied to sensitive areas? – Experts recommend that you avoid contact with EOs and sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals and mucous membranes.
How often can essential oils be applied? How much do I use? – Proper usage is indicated on each EO label. Please follow label instructions. The idea of “if a little is good, a lot is better” is not always correct. Essential oils are very potent and powerful– start low and go slow. In most cases 1-2 drops are adequate and using more may waste product. Depending on the EO you can gradually build up to 3-4 uses per day if desired.
Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing? – As with any medical condition it is strongly recommended that, prior to use of essential oils, you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in EO usage.
Can essential oils be used on children? – Many EOs are appropriate for use with children, and they should be diluted prior to use. Some products are pre-diluted with carrier oil as indicated on product label and are intended for direct application on children. Children generally respond well to EO, and use of a carrier oil is recommended. One-2 drops of EO such as SleepyIze, RutaVala, Gentle Baby and Peace and Calming may be diluted in carrier oil and applied to the bottom of the feet.
How does exposure to sun affect essential oil use? – Some EOs, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. EOs and oil blends that contain these compounds are labeled with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12 to 48 hours after applying. Caution should always be used when starting to use a new oil: use patch testing (see above), dilute and apply the oil to skin that is protected from sun/UV exposure to reduce the risk of sensitivity. Beauty and cosmetic products are formulated to remove sun-sensitizing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.
What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition? Can essential oils interact with prescription medications? If you have a disease or medical condition, or if you are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with a health advisor who has experience with EOs prior to using an EO. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between the medication(s) and the essential oil(s).
Standards and Certifications for Therapeutic-Grade Oils: The French have an agency called AFNOR (Association Francaise de Normalization) that regulates the quality of French products and sets standards for oils. The ISO (International Standardization Organization) in Geneva, Switzerland has adopted the ANFOR standards for oils as the international standard. However, these standards are just a set of minimums. It does not matter if the ingredients of the oil being tested are grown naturally or created in a lab by scientists. The oils are certified as long as they meet the minimum standard. Certain companies standards are higher than AFNOR or ISO. They test every batch of oil to see if it meets their own standards and if it does not, it is discarded or returned to the supplier. Because experts cultivate, harvest, and distill many of their essential oils themselves, they can verify their purity from start to finish. With extensive laboratory testing and independent audits, experts promise you powerful oils, just as nature intended them.
Essential oils are potent gifts from nature that can often be more powerful than expected. In order to prevent misuse of these precious oils and ensure their maximum benefit, refer to the helpful safety guides. Learn the basics of essential oil use, how to handle skin sensitivity, and other valuable information.