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W H A T I S
A R O M A T H E R A P Y
the use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils for healing and cosmetic purposes.
The idea of aromatherapy, is to use the natural oils that have been extracted from plants to enhance your psychological and physical well-being. The extraction can come from all parts of the plant for example -
Using Sweet Orange
- Neroli essential oil (a very highly sought after and expensive essential oil) is extracted from the flowers off the Sweet Orange Blossom
- Sweet Orange essential oil is extracted from the fruit
- Petigrain is extracted from the leaves and the twigs.
They all give off a similar smell and have similar properties but each is slightly different. Neroli has more of s 'floral' aroma, where as petigrain is much more woody (obviously as it comes from the leaves and twigs)
When we inhale the aromas of the essential oils, it is widely believed that they can stimulate the brain functioning to help change our mood and well-being. We can also apply essential oils onto our skin when blended in a base oil (the oils are far too potent to apply directly to the skin) which can then penetrate into our blood stream. This method can then promote a whole body sense of comfort and healing.
It is known as more of an alternative medicine, but more and more people are turning to it to help with different conditions of the body, pain relief, mood enhancement and also to help stimulate the mind. Frankincense for example, is used a lot in yoga to help with breathing and also grounding.
Aromatherapy is now gaining much more momentum nowadays due to people being more conscious of what they are putting on their bodies. More of us are reading labels of cosmetics products, trying to minimise the amount of chemicals that our body's are absorbing. The only problem with aromatherapy is that it is a bit of a minefield. There are so many ranges, so many options and we are not always sure what to do with an oil, how to use it and how it works. I designed Tsui Apothecary to help simplify aromatherapy and make it more accessible to us all. Do you have any questions, feel free to contact us via the contact page and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
Aromatherapy for me now is a part of my everyday life. So much so, I almost forget that I use it daily it comes so natural to me.
There are so many ways to build it into your life, the choices are endless. They can go from massaging an aromatherapy blend into your body to treat a skin condition to using tea tree in some water in a spray bottle to clean your kitchen. Why not have a read of our how to page to show you some methods of how to use them
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The best way to use this site is by searching for products or skin concerns via the SEARCH PAGE. Simply enter in what you're looking for and you should be able to see all the products and recipes that can be used to help (or hinder) your concern. For example, you can type in 'lime' or 'eczema'. You could also search for 'dry skin', 'acne', 'sweet almond oil' and much more. Click here to visit the search page.
When it comes to using essential oils, you must know that it is not safe to ever put them directly on the skin. There are only 2 oils that can be directly applied to the skin, these are lavender and tea tree. However, I still wouldn't recommend doing this without a patch test first as some people can still be sensitive to these oils.
HOW TO BLEND ESSENTIAL OILS
There are so many ways to use essential oils and carrier oils in your day to day life. Here I want to talk about some of the methods that you can use...
BLENDING IN CARRIER OILS
Carrier oils are excellent as a base for essential oils. As we can not apply essential oils directly onto the skin, carrier oils allow us to dilute them so that they are safe to use.
To blend, you want to work on a ratio of 1 drop of essential oil to 5ml of carrier oil. This can then be applied to the skin. If you are making a body or massage oil, I would not use more than 8 drops of essential oils in a body oil of 50ml. There are many websites out there that would say that you can use more than this and that is perfectly up to you, but I would say that you do this at your own risk as this is something that I would not recommend. Also, please patch test a small amount first before apply all over the body.
USING IN THE BATH
Essential oils are wonderful in the bath, however, you must be careful that they do not stain. The best way to use oils in the bath is by adding around 5-10 drops of essential oils to a cup of milk, give it a good stir and then pour them in the bath. The milk acts as an emulsifier so stop the oils from floating on the surface. If you don't fancy this idea, then why not make up a bath oil. Blend your chosen carrier oil with some castor oil and essential oils and then use this to pour into a running bath. Please be careful as the floor of the bath can become slippery! I would recommend a ratio of 7 parts carrier oil to 3 parts castor oil. Then add your essential oils accordingly. If you are using 50ml of carrier oils, add 8 drops of essential oils to the blend.
This is fantastic if you have a cold, flu or sinus issues. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender are perfect for something like this. The eucalyptus will help to clear your sinuses, the tea tree is antibacterial and so will kill germs and the lavender will help you relax. In a large bowl of hot water, add 3-5 drops of essential oils. Hover your head over the bowl and breathe in the oils. I recommend closing your eyes when you do this to protect them. If you wish, you can cover your head with a towel as well stopping the essential oils from escaping.
This is a fabulous way of using essential oils. You want to fill an oil burner with water and add a few drops of essential oils to the well in the top. Then, place a lit tealight underneath and allow the warmth of the candle to heat the oils and fill the room with a beautiful scent. Lavender or mandarin is great to use before bedtime to help with sleep or grapefruit is great as a deodorant (as in if you've been cooking onions or garlic in the kitchen!).
If you have a bruise on your leg for example, you can simply add around 5 drops of lavender to a bowl of warm water. Add to this a flannel/towel and use it as a compress. Obviously never apply essential oils to open wounds, cuts or grazes.
HOW TO STORE OILS
Oils should be stored in a cool dry place and kept away from direct sunlight. When you blend your own products, I only recommend using the bottles and jars on the accessories page as they are designed to care for essential oils that can be damaged by sunlight.
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Keep all essential oils out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard or locked carry case and then out of reach. Remember they can be crafty devils at times and if they see you using or mixing oils it will look interesting to them and they may try to copy! If a child does ingest any essential oil DO NOT induce vomiting, give them one glass of water to drink and seek immediate medical attention giving as many details as possible such as products swallowed and amount. The best thing to remember is prevention is better than cure! Also keep all essential oils away from pets.
Do not use essential oils neat on the skin. Essential oils should always be mixed with a base (or carrier) oil first. As a general guide there should be no more than 10 drops of essential oil in a 50ml of carrier oil. If using product on the face then you would only use 1 drop of essential oil to 5ml carrier oil. Remember this guide is for adults, if mixing for children we always suggest you seek professional advice first! Lavender and tea tree are the ONLY two oils you can use neat on skin but always very small amounts (1-2 drops) and not on a regular basis (I always recommend doing a patch test first too as some people can be sensitive to these oils). If adding essential oils to a bath dilute first in a small amount of full fat milk or dispersing bath oil base, if neither is available always agitate the water after adding the oil so it doesn’t settle on the surface and cause irritation. Please be careful however as the floor of the bath/shower may become slippery.
Do not let essential oils come into contact with eyes. If oil does accidentally get in eyes flush with clean water and seek medical advice. Always wash hands after using essential oils, this is the most common way to transfer oils into the eyes. Also don’t forget if using essential oils and you break off to go to the loo, wash hands FIRST, think about it! May not be too pleasant if you forget!
Do not take any essential oils orally
MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND PREGNANCY
If you are PREGNANT, BREAST FEEDING, EPILEPTIC, ASTHMATIC, have a HIGH/LOW BLOOD PRESSURE or any HEART CONDITION, SENSITIVE SKIN or any other specific condition always seek professional medical advice before using essential oils or essential oil based remedies such as ours. In particular do not use Clary sage products if you are pregnant and under 38 weeks as this can induce labour.