Frequently Asked Questions

Usage

Where is the most effective place to apply the oils topically?

There are lots of places on the body where you can apply an essential oil topically. Massaging the oils topically increases circulation and absorption, helps improve lymphatic flow, and aids in the release of toxins. It also soothes nerve endings, relaxes muscles, and relieves stress and tension in the body.

So the best places are your:

  • head: apply oils to fingertips and gently massage entire scalp.
  • neck: use circular movements, working from the base of the neck, up both sides of the vertebrae, to the base of the scalp.
  • shoulders: using thumb and palms, make firm strokes from the shoulder to the neck and back again.
  • arms: massage up towards the armpit on the fatty or muscular areas only.
  • back: start from the lower back region and with two hands stroke all the way up to the shoulders alongside the spine, then slide hands over the shoulders and return down the sides of the back.
  • abdomen: use circular movements and clockwise.
  • legs: massage upwards on the fatty or muscular areas only and avoid varicose veins,
  • feet: massage from the toes to the heel with thumbs under the foot and fingers on top.

Applying heat will increase blood flow and absorption.

What is layering and how do I do it?

Layering is the process of applying more than one oil to a desired location to intensify the effect of an oil or to address multiple concerns at once. I am a huge fan of layering and often use this method to have better control on dosage and to enhance the effects of the other oils.

Take Frankincense for example, this oil is a magnifier so when you use it first applied to an area on the skin, this will serve to magnify the effects of subsequent oils layered on top.

Another reason to layer is to “deodorise” and create a different aroma. So for example, let’s say you don’t like the smell of a certain essential oil, you would choose the least preferred aroma as the first oil to apply and then layer a second and even third oil on top. The last oils added on top will be the strongest aromas initially. After a time, a more base note oil lingers and then a top note oil.

Layering really helps and works on children who may be sensitive to or dislike the smell of an oil and hence resist their use.

How are essential oils absorbed into our body?

Essential oils easily penetrate into the body by all methods of application including topical, aromatic, and internal use. Whichever application method you choose or if you choose to use all three, the essential oils will be very effective.

Aromatically, essential oils are absorbed by our olfactory bulb and receptors which are taken directly to the limbic system. Topically, essential oils are quickly absorbed into the lymph system and internally, the essential oils are also absorbed into the lymph and other systems of the body. There are numerous research studies published today on the use of essential oils. A great resource for you is www.aromaticscience.com

Can you put essential oils into the bath?

Using essential oils in the bath is one of the easiest ways to implement aromatherapy and its benefits. Add 5-7 drops essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil or to a handful of Epsom Salts. Add this blend to your running bath water and mix well before getting into the tub.

What is an essential oils diffuser? Is there a difference between diffusers or are they all the same?

Okay. Let’s talk diffusers.

Diffusing essential oils is one of the best ways to receive their therapeutic benefits. When we inhale essential oils, they go straight to our brain and are sent directly to other parts of the body to regulate and moderate.  There’s a lot of science behind it actually which I may delve into in an eventual blog post. Diffusing essential oils offers the following benefits:

  • Cleanses the  air
  • Impacts the mood
  • Assists with focus & concentration
  • Supports relaxation
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Creates feelings of peace and well-being
  • Gives you a great smelling home!

There are many essential oil diffusers on the market ranging in price and function. Essential oil diffusers are specifically designed to break the essential oil into small particles and disperse it into the air. What you put into the air enters your lungs. Be mindful of essential oil quality.  If an essential oil is cut with synthetics and chemicals, you will be inhaling this into your lungs.

Do not confuse a humidifier with an essential oil diffuser.  If a device isn’t designed to use essential oils, I would advise against doing it.  For one thing, it could possibly break down the plastics of the machine.

There are two main types of essential  oil diffusers: ultrasonic and nebulizing. There are another 2 kinds but I won’t discuss them as they don’t offer as good a therapeutic quality of diffusion as these two.

The ultrasonic diffuser creates a fine mist and sends tiny oils particles into the air.  Generally you add water and the water and oils are distributed into the air.  This is particularly good in dry winter months because moisture is added to the air.  Because a small amount of oil is added to water, these are very economical to run.  Many of them have different settings as well as timers.

Nebulizing diffusers do not use added water. They diffuse the essential oil straight from the bottle which is broken up into super tiny molecules. Because this type of diffuser disperses the entire oil into the air and breaks it up into much smaller particles than other diffusers, this type of diffusing has tremendous therapeutic qualities because it’s more concentrated. I would not operate this type of diffuser for long, just 20 minutes at a time maybe 3 times a day will be sufficient.

Whichever diffuser you select, make sure you are choosing a reputable brand. Remember, you get what you paid for so don’t shy away from spending a little more for a good diffuser that will last you a long time.

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What is a carrier oil? Can I use normal coconut oil or does it have to be fractionated?

This graphic will answer the question of what is a carrier oil:

What is a Carrier Oil

Using a carrier oil PRIOR to applying an essential oil slows down the absorption process (does not inhibit it), therefore slows down the therapeutic onset. Applying a carrier oil AFTER essential oil application enhances therapeutic onset. Either way, the carrier oil prevents potential rapid evaporation.

Competing aroma is the main consideration when selecting a carrier of choice.

I personally prefer Fractionated Coconut Oil which simply means that the fatty acid triglycerides are separated from the whole coconut oil. It is these fatty acids that make normal coconut oil go solid at certain colder temperatures. By fractionating (this is not a chemical process, but a physical process that removes the fatty acids), this keeps the oil in a liquid state, making it easier for use in application (i.e. while giving a massage, it allows the essential oil to glide on smoothly and travel further while absorbing quickly) and to combine with essential oils in containers such as sprays or roll-on bottles. The fractionating process also increases shelf life and makes it odourless and colourless. It’s great on the skin and doesn’t clog pores. Normal coconut oil has tremendous benefits too but may be more cumbersome to use as a carrier oil.

Can I use them on my children?

Absolutely! We enjoy them daily in our house but I use them with care and common sense. If you are nervous about using essential oils on the younger set, you simple need to keep in mind that you need to exercise good judgement and proper safety guidelines as with anything when it comes to children.

Kids are not tiny adults. Their bodies are smaller than an adult’s so they don’t need the same amount of oil as an adult would. A little bit goes a very long way. Adjust amounts accordingly. See the Recommended Ideal Amounts chart below.

Dilute! Kids’ skin is different from adult skin; it’s thinner and generally more sensitive. Even though most oils tend to be non-irritating on the skin (especially at the soles of the feet where the skin is thickest and that’s why we often recommend applying oils there), it’s a great idea to dilute essential oils in a good carrier oil before applying to children. You’ll still get the same benefits, you’re just adding extra moisture and pampering delicate young skin. Pre-diluting your oils are a great way to ensure safety and easy grab-and-go usage. There is a Quick Dilution Guide in one of the questions here about dosage and dilution so check there for that handy reference guide.

Diffusing is a great way to enjoy aromatherapy with your kids without the worry of skin reactions. Inhaled oils have long been studied for their ability to enhance feelings of relaxation, encouragement, excitement, focus and well-being. Additionally, diffused oils may support a healthier indoor environment, just make sure the room is large enough and well-ventilated and that you are not using too many drops in a small enclosed space.

The oils should be kept out of reach of children. Kids don’t understand their potency and they only know that the oils smell divine and so they may go overboard with them. Adults, not children, should also be doing the administering of oil applications.

Finally, I would say stay informed! There are MOUNTAINS of information about safe usage on many websites. Don’t be afraid to chat about oil usage with your family physician or paediatrician – medical professionals like having a holistic picture of their patient’s health situation and they have access to other medical literature that can help guide your decisions. Practice informed self-care and proactive healthcare for yourself and your family.

My daughter was introduced to the oils from a ripe age of 2.5 years old and she has a good understanding of what she can or can’t use now at 4.5 years old. It’s such a blessing to see her grow up with this knowledge and learning how to be cognisant of her own health while actively looking for natural ways to support her well-being. I love it!!

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What are the recommended dosage and dilution amounts?

The appropriate dosage for topical use of essential oils is different for each individual and should be tailored to their personal circumstances. Every oil is different as well. The age and size of an individual are the biggest considerations as is the individual’s overall health status. It’s best to use smaller amounts more often than greater amounts less often. You want to start with the lowest amount that makes sense and then increase the dose as needed to achieve the desired outcome. A topical dose of essential oils can be repaid every 20 minutes in an acute situation or every 2 to 6 hours as needed otherwise.

Here’s a handy dilution guide for topical application:

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The best dosage for aromatic use is smaller doses implemented multiple times throughout the day. It is best to avoid having infants and young children inhale oils at a close distance, as it is harder to determine the dosage.

The recommended dosage for internal use should always be adjusted for a person’s age, size, and health status. A common internal dose for an adult is 1 to 5 drops of essential oil every 1 or 2 or 6 hours (depending on the oils selected), but preferably no more than 25 drops divided into doses in a 24-hour period. This methodology allows the body, especially the liver, time to process each dosage. For extended internal use, a lower daily dose is advised. Always consult a healthcare professional if you’re unsure.

How do I use essential oils?

Essential oils can be used mainly in 3 ways:

  • Aromatic
  • Topical
  • Internal

Please refer to my page on How To Use for a full description of how essential oils can be used in these 3 different modalities.

I have a specific medical condition and would like a recommendation. Can you assist me?

I appreciate your enquiry. Although I cannot provide any diagnosis or make treatment recommendations, there are many great resources I can point you to to help you learn the many applications of essential oils for different conditions. To find appropriate and complete answers to your oil application questions, we recommend you visit one of the many quality independent websites managed by essential oil user groups or good reference texts to learn of other’s experience with essential oils. There are also reliable scientific, evidence-based reviews and databases to access specific information on essential oils. It would be appropriate also to contact your healthcare professional if you have further questions or concerns.

How do I know which essential oils to use for my particular needs?

Because essential oils have been used in wellness for centuries now, we are gifted with a plethora of resources to help guide us in our use of them. Education is key to begin learning who to use essential oils and I would encourage anyone to have at least one reference book in their home library (ask me for suggestions). You can also get in touch with me directly as I have quite a bit of knowledge up my sleeve by now after 3+ years of usage and research even though I have only uncovered the tip of the iceberg!

Quality

Have your trust brand of essential oils been tested on animals?

Absolutely not. My trusted brand of essential oils never uses animal testing with any of its essential oils or wellness products.

Safety

What is a “hot” oil?

Hot or caustic essential oils are considered warm and should ALWAYS be diluted. It’s also best practice to conduct a skin test for hot oils. Careless usage of hot oils can lead to extreme skin discomfort and mild burning.

Please note that if an essential oil is considered hot for topical use, it should also be used with EXTREME caution for aromatic and internal use. Do not inhale any of the listed hot oils neat as it can cause discomfort to your delicate membranes in the nasal passage.

I prefer a very conservative approach to dilution when it comes to hot oils. I suggest a ratio of 1:3, 5 or even 7 depending on your tolerance (so 1 drop of EO to 3, 5 or 7 drops of carrier oil). Remember, that dilution doesn’t make the oils work less, you are still getting the same benefit with perhaps more spread.

If experiencing skin discomfort from hot oils or ANY oil, never use water for relief. ONLY use carrier oil, milk or a good lotion.

Finally, please note that some cool oils can also burn hot, like Peppermint, Wintergreen, Eucalyptus so take caution when applying those topically as well and always dilute.

Here is a list of essential oils considered to be “hot”: Black Pepper, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Ginger, Oregano, Peppermint, Thyme, White Fir, Wintergreen and any blends containing these.

What is photo-toxicity and which oils are photo-sensitive?

Though essential oils are natural and generally regarded as safe, you need to be careful when using them. Oils considered to be photo-toxic means that they make your skin light sensitive when applied topically. It is important to note that only the area that you apply the oils on will be light sensitive. When exposed to the sun, these areas can become more sensitive to UV rays and can cause discoloration and even burns. So exercise extreme caution.

It is recommended that you keep the areas where you applied these types of oils out of direct sunlight for at least 72 hrs, so either cover those areas with clothing or don’t step outside!

Oils that are photo-toxic (so avoid sun for 72 hours): Bergamot

Oils that are photo-sensitive (avoid sun for 8-12 hours): Ginger, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon

*Note: this would also mean to take some extra caution with blends that contain these single oils in them.

Are essential oils safe to use on our furry friends (i.e. pets)?

Absolutely! Here’s a Quick How-To:

Most animals are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.

  • Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.
  • Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
  • Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
  • Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats and dogs as well as Melaleuca or Tea Tree. Other oils to avoid would be Birch and Wintergreen (metabolises as salicylic acid).
  • Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.
  • Discontinue use immediately if animal becomes distressed, drools, pants or whines.

Your animal’s size affects the amount of oil you should use.

  • For smaller animals like cats and small dogs, use 3–5 drops. Be sure to dilute prior to application at a ratio of 1:1 (so 1 tablespoon of carrier oil for every 1 drop of oil)
  • For larger animals, like large dogs, start with 3–5 drops and dilution ratio of 2:1
  • For very large animals, like horses and cattle, start with 10 drops.

Apply oils to yourself or diffuse to introduce animals to essential oils and help them get comfortable. 

  • Wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.
  • If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself and staying near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.

Once they’re used to essential oils, animals can respond well to topical application.

  • For cats and dogs, paws are a great place to apply essential oils.
  • For hoofed animals, best place would be on the spine or flanks.
  • Try rubbing oils onto your own hands and then stroking the animal’s fur.
  • For large or hard-to-reach areas, combine essential oils with a carrier oil or water in a spray bottle for easier application.

Is it possible to be allergic to essential oils?

As with ANYTHING, there is always potential for the body to become intolerant of essential oils over time and YES it is possible to be allergic to essential oils even very pure and high quality ones!

Anyone who tells you that you can’t possibly be allergic to essential oils or that when skin irritation arises in response to the use of essential oils (for example redness, rashes or itching, etc.) that it means your body is “detoxing” or experiencing a cleansing reaction and that you should still continue to use the oils despite IS MISINFORMED.

While high quality essential oils do not contain synthetic ingredients or other contaminants and this reduces the chances of adverse reactions, they are still capable of inducing immediate or delayed hypersensitivity reactions in certain people and under certain conditions. In these instances, the person should discontinue using the essential oils immediately and increase water intake.

This is why I dilute my oils most of the time because I want to avoid inducing hypersensitivity reactions because in some cases, once stimulated, hypersensitivity can persist for life. So for that reason (among others), I dilute my oils as a rule of thumb especially with children.

Can you possibly overdose on essential oils?

Here’s the thing with essential oils: a little goes a long way.

There’s a reason for the reducer insert on the oil bottles. True, high quality essential oils are pure concentrates. The higher quality the oil the more potent it is and smaller amounts are required. I always err on the side of using SMALL DOSES MORE FREQUENTLY throughout the day. There’s absolutely no need to use high doses (more than 20 drops at a time) of any essential oils because they are highly concentrated. So yes it is possible to overdose on essential oils just as it’s possible to overdose on water and bananas and drugs.

Stick to this rule of thumb with essential oils: more is not always better or less is the new more 😉

What is a carrier oil? Can I use normal coconut oil or does it have to be fractionated?

This graphic will answer the question of what is a carrier oil:

What is a Carrier Oil

Using a carrier oil PRIOR to applying an essential oil slows down the absorption process (does not inhibit it), therefore slows down the therapeutic onset. Applying a carrier oil AFTER essential oil application enhances therapeutic onset. Either way, the carrier oil prevents potential rapid evaporation.

Competing aroma is the main consideration when selecting a carrier of choice.

I personally prefer Fractionated Coconut Oil which simply means that the fatty acid triglycerides are separated from the whole coconut oil. It is these fatty acids that make normal coconut oil go solid at certain colder temperatures. By fractionating (this is not a chemical process, but a physical process that removes the fatty acids), this keeps the oil in a liquid state, making it easier for use in application (i.e. while giving a massage, it allows the essential oil to glide on smoothly and travel further while absorbing quickly) and to combine with essential oils in containers such as sprays or roll-on bottles. The fractionating process also increases shelf life and makes it odourless and colourless. It’s great on the skin and doesn’t clog pores. Normal coconut oil has tremendous benefits too but may be more cumbersome to use as a carrier oil.

What if I accidentally get essential oils in my eyes? What should I do?

When applying essential oils topically, make sure to avoid sensitive skin areas such as the eyes, inner ears, private parts, and broken, damaged, or injured skin. If immediate content with sensitive areas occur, place a drop of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil, in the sensitive area (i.e. eye) to dilute the essential oil. Never use water because oils and water don’t mix nor help with dilution.

Can I use them on my children?

Absolutely! We enjoy them daily in our house but I use them with care and common sense. If you are nervous about using essential oils on the younger set, you simple need to keep in mind that you need to exercise good judgement and proper safety guidelines as with anything when it comes to children.

Kids are not tiny adults. Their bodies are smaller than an adult’s so they don’t need the same amount of oil as an adult would. A little bit goes a very long way. Adjust amounts accordingly. See the Recommended Ideal Amounts chart below.

Dilute! Kids’ skin is different from adult skin; it’s thinner and generally more sensitive. Even though most oils tend to be non-irritating on the skin (especially at the soles of the feet where the skin is thickest and that’s why we often recommend applying oils there), it’s a great idea to dilute essential oils in a good carrier oil before applying to children. You’ll still get the same benefits, you’re just adding extra moisture and pampering delicate young skin. Pre-diluting your oils are a great way to ensure safety and easy grab-and-go usage. There is a Quick Dilution Guide in one of the questions here about dosage and dilution so check there for that handy reference guide.

Diffusing is a great way to enjoy aromatherapy with your kids without the worry of skin reactions. Inhaled oils have long been studied for their ability to enhance feelings of relaxation, encouragement, excitement, focus and well-being. Additionally, diffused oils may support a healthier indoor environment, just make sure the room is large enough and well-ventilated and that you are not using too many drops in a small enclosed space.

The oils should be kept out of reach of children. Kids don’t understand their potency and they only know that the oils smell divine and so they may go overboard with them. Adults, not children, should also be doing the administering of oil applications.

Finally, I would say stay informed! There are MOUNTAINS of information about safe usage on many websites. Don’t be afraid to chat about oil usage with your family physician or paediatrician – medical professionals like having a holistic picture of their patient’s health situation and they have access to other medical literature that can help guide your decisions. Practice informed self-care and proactive healthcare for yourself and your family.

My daughter was introduced to the oils from a ripe age of 2.5 years old and she has a good understanding of what she can or can’t use now at 4.5 years old. It’s such a blessing to see her grow up with this knowledge and learning how to be cognisant of her own health while actively looking for natural ways to support her well-being. I love it!!

recommended-ideal-amounts

What are the recommended dosage and dilution amounts?

The appropriate dosage for topical use of essential oils is different for each individual and should be tailored to their personal circumstances. Every oil is different as well. The age and size of an individual are the biggest considerations as is the individual’s overall health status. It’s best to use smaller amounts more often than greater amounts less often. You want to start with the lowest amount that makes sense and then increase the dose as needed to achieve the desired outcome. A topical dose of essential oils can be repaid every 20 minutes in an acute situation or every 2 to 6 hours as needed otherwise.

Here’s a handy dilution guide for topical application:

Dilution-Guide-EOs

The best dosage for aromatic use is smaller doses implemented multiple times throughout the day. It is best to avoid having infants and young children inhale oils at a close distance, as it is harder to determine the dosage.

The recommended dosage for internal use should always be adjusted for a person’s age, size, and health status. A common internal dose for an adult is 1 to 5 drops of essential oil every 1 or 2 or 6 hours (depending on the oils selected), but preferably no more than 25 drops divided into doses in a 24-hour period. This methodology allows the body, especially the liver, time to process each dosage. For extended internal use, a lower daily dose is advised. Always consult a healthcare professional if you’re unsure.

Can I use essential oils if I’m pregnant?

There are no specific reasons or contraindications that would prevent pregnant or breastfeeding women from using my trusted brand of essential oils especially when applied topically. Some individuals prefer to avoid internal use during pregnancy and some use essential oils only aromatically during the first trimester. Several oils may be particularly helpful during and after delivery. Internal use of Peppermint essential oil should be avoided while nursing as it may reduce milk supply (not for everyone though).

Note that some oils are considered unsafe during pregnancy. Know what these are based on the trimester you are in. Oils to avoid in pregnancy: Basil, Black Pepper, Birch, Cassia, Cinnamon and Clary Sage.

I personally have many resources available to educate you on the proper use of essential oils when you are pregnant and/or nursing and can email those to you if you contact me directly.

Which oils should I avoid if I have high blood pressure?

Avoid Rosemary and Thyme. Also see the question regarding Grapefruit EO as you are most likely taking a medication that has been cautioned not to take with Grapefruit juice.

Which oils should I avoid for epilepsy?

Avoid Basil, Birch, Dill, Fennel, Rosemary and Wintergreen.

Use with care: Arborvitae, Camphor, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Galbanum, Hyssop, Nutmeg, Pennyroyal, Sage, Savin, Spikenard, Tansy (not to be confused with Blue Tansy), Tarragon, Thuja, Thujone, Turpentine and Wormwood. Soothing Blend and Protective Blend contain some of these mentioned oils.

Will Grapefruit essential oil interfere with prescription medications?

The components of grapefruit that interact with prescription medications (compound naringin, which is found in the fruit of grapefruit) are not the same components found in Grapefruit essential oils, so there are no issues in this regard. Naringin is not present in the rind of the grapefruit and therefore not found in the cold-pressed Grapefruit essential oil. However, as always, consult your healthcare professional if you have any concerns before beginning any new product.

Do essential oils interfere or interact with medication(s)?

In general, essential oils are considered to be safe for use with medications however, I recommend you consult your doctor prior to starting internal essential oil use.

Can I really use essential oils internally? Is it safe?

Many high quality essential oils may be used internally to provide immediate help for oral, gastrointestinal and other concerns. I always look for the FDA Supplement Fact label to know if I can use an essential oil internally or not. Or I read the label very carefully and my reference books. If the supplement fact label is there, it means the oil is designated GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) and may be used internally. There are a few oils that are NOT recommended for internal use and you should research to find out which.

Of course, before using essential oils internally, it’s necessary to learn how to do so safely — otherwise you could inflict damage on yourself and others. There are many safe and efficacious ways to use essential oils as natural aromatic healthcare and it is up to the user to know what is safe. I will always teach safe internal use in my live classes, consultations and/or webinars.

Best Practices

How should I store my essential oils?

 The compounds in essential oils are best preserved when stored and kept from light, heat, air and moisture. Long exposure to oxygen begins the oxidation process which is the breakdown of an essential oil and the change in its chemical makeup. This process is slow but can, over time, promote skin sensitivity with some oils. Citrus oils and blue-tinted oils are especially prone to this oxidative breakdown. For optimum storage of these types of oils for longer than a year, refrigeration is best. You can also add a carrier oil (top-up) to slow down this process. It’s also good practice to keep air space in essential oil bottles to a minimum. You can transfer oils to smaller bottles to reduce air space. Essential oils are flammable and should be kept clear from any open flame or spark.

Another important thing to note is not to store your essential oils in plastic. Essential oils are known to break down petrochemicals and can damage plastic. Also, using them in plastic containers can contaminate the essential oils as the plastic leeches into the oils.

Can you put essential oils into the bath?

Using essential oils in the bath is one of the easiest ways to implement aromatherapy and its benefits. Add 5-7 drops essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil or to a handful of Epsom Salts. Add this blend to your running bath water and mix well before getting into the tub.

What’s the best way to clean a diffuser?

For best results, use a couple of drops of Lemon essential oil on a towelette/kitchen wipe and gently clean the internal parts of the diffuser. Next, add water and run the Lemon oil through the diffuser. it is recommended to clean your diffuser often to avoid any residue build-up.

How long will my starter kit last me?

The Starter Kits, depending on which one you choose, come with either 5 ml or 15 ml bottles. Each 15 ml bottle has approximately 250 drops and each 5 ml bottle has approximately 85 drops. For my family and I, we can quickly go through certain oils each month and that’s because they get used more than others. For instance, we love Lavender in our home and that goes in the diffuser pretty much at each bedtime. I usually ingest about 1-2 drops of Lemon with my filtered water every day, I also clean with Lemon and I use my Protective and Grounding Blends on a daily basis too. You will most likely get into a comfortable essential oil routine yourself once you discover their amazing therapeutic benefits and determine your preferred ones. There are many oils that we do not use on a monthly basis and there are even some oils that we have had for over a year because they’ve been opened a handful number of times. It truly depends on your family’s needs and circumstances as well as your knowledge on the essential oils and their common uses.

Commonly Asked

Do essential oils contain any SPF?

Definitely not. Essential oils do NOT have any SPF.

Don’t ever attempt to replace your sunscreen with essential oils. You can always add essential oils to your homemade or non-toxic sunscreen which can help reduce oxidative stress, soothe your skin and improve its look and feel, but it is NOT a protection against those UV rays.

Stay on the lookout for a good DIY sunscreen recipe using essential oils on my blog soon!

Do essential oils have the same benefits as their whole plant or herb counterpart?

Although derived from the same plants, essential oils are the concentrated essence of a plant and should not be confused with actual plant material. The herbs themselves contain many other properties in addition to the scent and are often dried and used in cooking, medicine, as supplements and in herb wraps. Even though herbs have a strong smell, (especially fresh), this is often not the same concentration or odor as the actual essential oil. In herbology, often more of the plant material is used, not just for the scent, but for the many other healing properties that the plant contains. In many cases the same properties that apply to the herbs also apply to the essential oil; in other cases many differences exist.

Of course I use fresh herbs in my cooking, but the quantity I use is small in comparison to the amount of plant material that is actually distilled for a small amount of essential oil, which is why essential oils are 75 – 100 times more concentrated. One drop of essential oil could be equivalent to a handful of basil or marjoram.

In choosing between herbs and essential oils, it is good to research the benefits of both for the specific condition. Like any complementary treatment, the answer to one’s problems or ailments exists in choosing many different approaches. The term holistic means taking into consideration diet, exercise, subtle energy, emotions and lifestyle. Herbs may be more appropriate in some instances while essential oils, homeopathy, bach flower remedies or mineral supplement may be more appropriate in other instances.

Here’s a thought:

To receive the most subtle particles in a plant, you must be fully conscious, wide awake and full of love and appreciation.

Essential oils, the versatile tools of the aromatherapist, are the essence of plants. They are the most concentrated form of herbal energy, representing the spirit or “soul” of the plant and are responsible for the plant’s fragrance. Doesn’t that give you goose bumps ? 🙂

Do essential oils have calories?

No. Essential oils are like water and are calorie-free. That doesn’t mean you can consume them like there’s no tomorrow though.

Do essential oils contain vitamins and/or minerals?

No. Essential oils ONLY contain volatile aromatic compounds and so they do not contain any vitamins nor minerals.

How do I know if an essential oils has oxidised?

Often citrus oils will become cloudy or develop sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Oils that were originally blue will turn greenish. The oil will not smell as fresh as it once did (although, because oxidation takes place gradually, it can be hard to detect the change in odor without comparing the essential oil to a freshly opened bottle).

How does temperature affect essential oils?

Temperature does affect essential oils but that would be mainly HOT temperatures not cold. Don’t worry if your essential oils are delivered in cold weather, even if they have to sit outside for a good while. Cold, even extreme cold, would never hurt any oil – regardless of whether it is essential, expressed, absolute or a carrier blend. If your oils are ever chilled to the freezing point, don’t apply any heat to thaw them out. Keep the lids on and just let them warm up gradually to room temperature, and they will be fine.

Heat however is a different matter. I try to protect my essential oils from excessive heat even though essential oils are the product of distillation at temperatures well above the boiling point of water (212F or 100C). They prove themselves to be stable at these high temperatures or else they would not be worth much to us once the high temperatures separated them from the plant. The flash point of some essential oils is between 100-140F (38-60C), which means that the lightest oil components may temporarily separate, vaporising in the sealed bottle. The good news is that, once the bottle has cooled back down, these components condense and become liquid again, leaving their chemical makeup unaltered. If your essential oils do get too warm, keep the lids on until they have cooled back down. If you must open a bottle that is too warm, the lightest compounds may escape and alter the balance of the oil. In that case, your oil will likely not be as effective as before the incident.

Cold-pressed or expressed oils such as Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange and Tangerine, can be damaged by temperatures in excess of 100F (38C), and they need to be kept in moderate temperatures. Blends with these oils in them are included. I generally keep all my oils including citrus oils and blends that contain them at room temperature or where it maybe slightly cooler in the house. If they have been subject to hot temperatures, just allow them to cool down before removing the lids. If damaged, they will smell different than when they were fresh, and the damage will reduce their therapeutic value and may cause skin irritation.

Absolutes, such as Jasmine or Rose, are destroyed by excessive heat (90F or 32C). They are slightly more sensitive to heat than expressed oils. Normal room temperatures help them maintain their delicate chemistry.

Carrier oils are typically cold pressed because heat makes them susceptible to undesirable alteration. When fatty oil molecules break down, we say they have become “rancid.” Blends that contain carrier oils, should be kept reasonably cool and will last longer if refrigerated.

Is it true that essential oils never expire?

Essential oils that are approved for internal use are required to have a printed expiration date on their packaging. However, beyond this date, one cannot guarantee the oils because essential oils naturally lose some of their potency over time.The shelf life of essential oils, carrier oils and massage oils varies tremendously, and their life expectancy can be influenced by many different external factors. Despite what you may have been told or read in books, the so-called ‘shelf life’ of natural products can be extremely difficult to predict with any certainty because there are so many variables.

The shelf life of a natural oil is governed by its chemical stability, and anything that interferes with this stability will cause the oil to start the slow process of deterioration.Heat, sunlight and air can all have a detrimental effect on the chemistry of essential oils, carrier oils, and mixtures of both such as massage oil blends. In addition, the complex and varying chemistry of natural essential oils means that the rate of deterioration will be different for every individual botanical species of oil, even when kept under ideal conditions. This means that some oils will last far beyond what many books claim, whilst others may deteriorate earlier than stated. The latter is true for Citrus oils which are much more volatile than other oils and so should be consumed within 2-3 years of purchase. Other oils with bigger compounds, such as sesquiterpenes (as found in Frankincense, Myrrh and Sandalwood) actually get better with age!Keep in mind that, even when kept under ideal conditions, essential oils do not last forever. According to Robert Tisserand, consider discarding opened bottles of essential oils after:

  • Citrus, Lemongrass, Frankincense, Melaleuca, and Spruce oils – 1-2 years
  • Virtually every other essential oil – 2-3 years
  • Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli – 4-8 years

Properly stored essential oils will maintain their potency for a long time.

I see essential oils being sold on Amazon for a much more affordable price, can’t I just get them there?

Sure you can, but you get what you pay for. Please read what I wrote about Ethics & Quality – they do matter! When you purchase on Amazon you are potentially purchasing compromised oils as you don’t really know if they’ve been tampered with and re-sold at a cheaper price. Unfortunately, there a lot of people trying to make a quick buck off the back of others and the oils you’re buying may actually be diluted and re-labeled. Not only that but you would get zero support when you buy on Amazon so you’re pretty much on your own in terms of the education and learning how to use them effectively and safely. When you join my team, you literally become coddled and hand-held until you feel confident enough as your essential oils knowledge increases slowly but surely. I love to empower people, not enable them.

I really want to attend one of your classes or online webinars, how can I?

Great question! I love teaching about the essential oils and I deliver my teachings through various mediums: live classes, online webinars, one-on-one consultations so make sure you tune in to My Events Page to find out where I will be next or access my Webinars if you’re more of an online learning junkie 🙂 Or simply Get In Touch with me to schedule a One-On-One Wellness Consultation!

Can I get a sample to try before I commit to a Wholesale Account?

Sure! I love providing samples to people who are serious about using essential oils to enhance their health and wellbeing. I completely understand that you would want to try them first before committing to a wholesale account. Just note that the samples are provide are the ones that I know can provide immediate results and I don’t sample the essential oils that would require a more continued and daily use before seeing results. So if you’re okay with that, head on over to my Freebies page and request a sample of choice!

Do you sell essential oils?

I would refer to what I do as “empowering others” rather than selling although we are all selling something in one form or another. When you go watch a movie at the cinema and rave about it the next day and highly recommend it to your friends and family, guess what you are doing? Selling! You’d probably like to refer to it as informing others about something you really love. Selling is a natural part of our human nature. We love to help others consume what we love the most. Frankly, I find it very nice when you love for your neighbor that which you love for yourself.

So that is how I view what I do! I empower individuals to take control of their own health and help them discover how they can use the purest essential oils on the planet as part of a holistic model of care for the whole family. I truly believe everyone needs them and I love to teach on how to use them effectively to improve one’s physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and even financial circumstances. If all this speaks to you and makes sense, please contact me directly to discuss your options and perhaps book a Discovery Session with me to figure out which oils are right for you and your family to meet your current and future health goals.