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Quality Control:
Plant Guru buys all their essential oils from all over the world. Our suppliers meet USDA standards.  All our essential oils go through third party laboratory using GC/MS testing.
All of our oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade. No chemicals, pesticides, or GMOs are added to our essential oils.

What Is An Essential Oil?
A natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

Can Your Oils Be Ingested/ Internal Use?
An ongoing topic of debate in our industry is whether people should ingest essential oils. Some say this is a perfectly safe act, while others say they should not be ingested. One factor which has added to the confusion is the fact that essential oil ingredients are used both for food flavorings as well as for medicinal purposes. This has led some to believe that essential oils can therefore be ingested. However, the issue is a bit more complex, as you are about to find out.

What Are Essential Oils?
An essential oil is a type of concentrated liquid. It is typically derived from a plant and will be comprised of aroma compounds which are volatile. Essential oils also contain lots of chemical constituents which occur naturally, and each essential oil is a distinct concoction of these constituents.


The Role of Essential Oils In Food

Essential oils are found naturally in many foods, including vegetables, nuts and fruit, so most people will consume it to one degree or another through this method. Essential oils may also be added in the form of flavorings to ice cream or candy. However, in both cases the amount of essential oil present is below 1%. When people talk of ingesting essential oils they are usually referring to taking them for medicinal purposes which requires substantially larger amounts. This is where caution is advised.

Why You Should Avoid Ingesting Essential Oils
Although essential oils are found naturally in many foods and are safe in small quantities, they can become dangerous if they are consumed in large amounts. Many people assume that the dangers associated with essential oils are merely tied to impurities, but more often it is the constituents which comprise it. They can be sensitizing, irritating or even toxic in high enough doses. For example, most adherents of eucalyptus oil don’t consider it to be harmful, but it can be dangerous if consumed by a child.

However, children aren’t the only ones who are at risk from ingesting these oils. Due to the many chemicals and constituents which make up these substances, when combined with certain medications they can become dangerous. While the interactions between essential oils and various medications is the subject of ongoing research, there are many possible combinations which haven’t yet been explored. What is known is that blood thinning medications should never be used in conjunction with essential oils such as wintergreen, as the blood can thin too much, resulting in bleeding internally.

Every constituent that is found in these oils will affect the body in some way. The exact manner is being studied by doctors and scientists, and until more is known, it is better to err on the side of caution. It only takes one bad reaction or one over-dosage to result in severe injury, illness or death. The liver must process everything that that the body consumes, and the danger of ingesting essential oils is that it may have to work harder than usual, which can lead to serious problems. Children and the elderly are most at risk from ingesting these substances, but The Plant Guru advises that people of all ages should still take precautions against ingestion.

All our oils are 100% pure and natural therapeutic grade, pesticide free, with no carrier or synthetic added bases or chemicals added to them. Essential oils are very concentrated and can cause severe damage if not administered properly. This is supported by the International Federation of Aromatherapists. The Leading Aromatherapy Associations (Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association, Aromatherapy Trade Council, and others) all state that essential oils should not be taken internally (regardless of purity or origin) unless under the guidance of a health care practitioner trained at an appropriate level.

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How Are Essential Oils Used?
There are many ways that essential oils can be used:
The Four Best Ways of Using Essential Oils for Health and Healing.

Inhalation:
One of the quickest way to experience the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. This method is highly beneficial for helping headaches, sinus, and respiratory ailments. Persons with asthma or epilepsy should avoid inhaling essential oil.                     Caution: This method of use should only be done with oils that can be safely applied to the skin. Apply 1-2 drops of oil to the palms, rub together gently and inhale deeply. This is an excellent method of use for a quick and easy exposure to the anti-microbial and other therapeutic uses of essential oils.

Baths:

For best therapeutic experience adding essential oils to a hot, soothing bath can create such a relaxing experience. Aromatic baths are excellent for skin problems, circulatory problems, respiratory symptoms, stress, nervous tension, insomnia, muscular and menstrual pains. Caution: overuse of essential oils in the bath can cause irritation. Use only mild, non-irritating oils for bath, such as lavender oil and clary sage oil.

Massages:
Massage is one of the most beneficial methods of using essential oils because it combines the therapeutic powers of the essential oil with the benefits of touch therapy.

Essential Oil Diffuser:
Diffusers and Aromatherapy go hand-in-hand. Adding essential oils to a diffuser effectively introduces the therapeutic properties and fragrance to any environment.

 What Should I Do If I Get An Essential Oil, Absolute Or Extract In My Eye?                

With any oil, the eyes should be swabbed with a lint-free cloth dipped in vegetable oil.  Some  aromatic oils are more irritating than others (eg, Cinnamon Bark), and depending on the oil, a visit to your physician is suggested.

Is It Safe To Apply Essential Oils, Absolutes Or Extracts Directly To The Skin?                 

Essential oils, by their concentrated nature, can sometimes cause problems if used in their undiluted form. Education is the key to safety with Essential oils. Be sure that you understand the potential effects and possible hazards before using any Essential oil. Two of the oils that have been found to be safe applied "neat" (undiluted) on the skin are Tea Tree and Lavender. This being said, we strongly suggest that you dilute any oil applied to the skin. Because each individual has their own particular sensitivities, we also advise a patch test when using new oils.

Quality Assurance?
Plant Guru buys our oils from top suppliers all around the world. We work directly with one of the most well-known, world renowned, essential oil experts. To guarantee continuous quality, The Plant Guru oils (each batch) are tested by a third party laboratory using GC/MS testing, as well as in house by our expert. This guarantees that all testing matches up and that nothing is missed. Each step of the process is overseen by our expert. All of Plant Guru Oils are 100% pure, undiluted and free from any additives, chemicals or pesticides. Learn more about our essential oils below.

How Are Essential Oils Extracted?
Essential oils are highly concentrated components extracted from plant matter: flowers, fruit, leaves, resin, twigs, seeds, or roots. There are four ways essential oils are currently being extracted:

Steam Distillation
Steam distillation is the most common method of extracting the essential oil from plant matter. This method involves steaming the plant matter of choice for a determined amount of time, under a specific pressure, and at a certain temperature so as to release the oil. The oil collected is now officially an “essential oil”, and the remaining water is sold as a “hydrosol”.

CO2 Extraction
This method is similar to steam distillation, only liquid CO2 is used instead of water. After the liquid CO2 and the plant matter combine, the CO2 is turned back into a gas, leaving the plant matter and essential oil behind. This provides a different, more pleasant, aroma than you would get from steam distillation, and is often the preferred method of extraction.

Cold-Pressed

Expression, or cold pressing, is used primarily for citrus fruits like orange and lemon, where the essential oil is obtained in tiny pockets in the peel or rind. Oils extracted by cold pressing are the most volatile of essential oils and can evaporate quickly when exposed to air.

Solvent Extraction
Purists don’t consider solvent extractions to be true essential oils, and they are typically labeled “absolutes.” This is due to the fact the plant material, usually flowers, are mixed with a solvent. Sometimes there is a significant amount of solvent left behind in the absolute, resulting in a less-pleasant aroma and lesser-quality end product. Traditional aroma therapists generally avoid absolutes, and don’t recommend them for pregnant women and children.

It is important to note that all essential oils are considered “pure” after extraction, regardless of the quality of the plant matter used.

What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.  It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual's response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual's innate healing process.  As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or 'dis'-ease. Aromatherapy uses essential oils which can be extracted from flowers, seeds, barks, herbs, and roots. There are several clinical studies that have found it to be an effective complimentary therapy method.

What Are The Benefits Of Incorporating Aromatherapy Into Your Life?

Reduces Stress
Aromatherapy sounds relaxing, right? Well, there’s science backing it up.  Using lavender scents has been shown to reduce stress.
In one particular study, participants who were using aromatherapy felt less pain and had reduced stress levels during a stressful situation, compared to participants who were not using aromatherapy.

Other studies showed reduced stress levels in cancer patients who had undergone aromatherapy treatment.

Fights Depression
Citrus and vibrant aromas have uplifting tendencies that tend to reduce the effects of depression. If you’re down in the dumps, get a massage with essential oils and see if that helps put a smile on your face.

Manages Pain
One of the best benefits of aromatherapy is that it can relieve pain. Clary sage is a great natural scent used for the reduction of pain, and is most commonly known for its success for relieving menstrual pains.

Improves Blood Pressure
Aromatherapy has been shown to lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension. If you’ve got high blood pressure, aromatherapy may allow you to relax enough to get your blood pressure levels closer to a healthy range.

How Should I Store My Essential Oils Once I Have Purchased Them?
All oils are recommended to be stored around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (room temperature), and must be kept out of direct sunlight. Refrigeration after opening is best.  Both essential and vegetable oils do not like extreme, or repeated changes in temperature, and when not in use should be stored in a cool dark place, away from direct sunlight and other sources of variation in temperature. Never leave oils in a place where the sun will shine directly on them - like in your car or on a window shelf in the bathroom, for example.

Chain Reaction
If you fail to remember this, your oils will begin to spoil much sooner than they should due to the action of them continually heating up and cooling down. Once the process of deterioration has begun it cannot be stopped, and like a chain-reaction it gathers speed according to the intricate balance of the oils chemical constituents.

This is why dark colored glass bottles are used to package essential oils, since they offer some protection to the oil from the sun's harmful ultra-violet light. However, these simple house-keeping practices must still be observed if the bottles are to have any chance of doing their job properly. Leaving any oil, in any colored bottle, for any length of time in the sun is condemning it to an early death!

Here are some basic guidelines giving an indication as to the length of time a given oil should remain in good condition. Just remember these can only ever be basic guidelines and not firm, fixed periods after which the oil should be considered to have expired. There are simply too many variables for this to be considered an exact science.

Can I Use Essential Oils Undiluted/Neat?
Undiluted or “neat” application is the use of essential oils applied directly to the skin without a carrier or base oil. In general, undiluted application is only applied in a specific localized area, most commonly for acute conditions, treatment work, or for reflex/acupressure work.  The undiluted application of essential oils is a highly controversial topic within the aromatherapy industry. Leading authors and educators all differ in their opinions and usually can be found in one of two camps—those who believe the undiluted application of essential oils is extremely beneficial and indeed called upon under specific circumstances and those who believe that essential oils should absolutely not be placed on the skin undiluted and that doing so is not only extremely hazardous but also unprofessional. Like internal use, the pendulum swings from one extreme to the other without providing an appropriate context of when and why this is SOMETIMES appropriate.

Many aromatherapy practitioners believe that only the following essential oils should be used undiluted: Lavandula angustifolia, Melaleuca alternifolia, Helichrysum italicum and Chamaemelum nobile. Given the list provided, it would make sense that many other essential oils of similar chemical make-up should also be considered safe for undiluted application when done under proper conditions by a trained and knowledgeable therapist or individual.

Undiluted Application May Be Appropriate For The Following Acute Conditions:

Acne (spot treatment)

Cold sore (sandalwood or geranium works great!)

Minor burn (although I have actually found lavender or cape chamomile in aloe vera gel works much better!)

Minor skin trauma or infection

Insect bites

Migraines (acute)

Bruises (acute – when it first happens, applying Helichrysum italicum and/or Matricaria recutita can be incredibly beneficial!)

Musculoskeletal trauma (e.g. whip lash: think Helichyrsum italicum and/or Matricaria recutita)

Reflex or acupressure work

Ear infections (just behind ear and on reflex points associated to the ears on the feet)

Specific essential oils that tend to be safe to apply undiluted include tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) **Be sure it has not oxidized!, lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), rose (Rosa damascena), and sandalwood (Santalum album or Santalum spicatum), Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata or globulus), Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis), etc. etc.  It is important to only use a small amount (1 to 2 drops) of essential oil. Other essential oils may be used for reflex or acupressure points, however care should be taken in selecting essential oils, and essential oils that can be irritating, sensitizing, or are rich in aldehydes or phenols should be avoided all together for undiluted application due to dermal irritation or sensitization which may occur.

Safety note: Some individuals within the aromatherapy profession are quick to point out that it would seem to be more prudent to err on the side of caution due to the litigious society in which we live. From the author’s point of view, we have included undiluted application because it has some valid uses, however it is up to the individual practitioner to decide whether this method of application is right for them and/or their client.

Please note that we are not advocating the wide spread usage of undiluted essential oils, but rather simply to find a middle ground. It is not never apply undiluted NOR is it to apply undiluted essential oils with abandon. One must always have a purpose, a reason for doing so that is based upon the safety of the individual essential oils being utilized.

How Long Do Essential Oils last?

How long do essential oils last? 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 truth is that 'aromatherapy' and essential oils are not the same as milk or bread, which follow a predictable and rapid path toward spoiling over a known period of time. 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, but inexorable 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.

To help you with all of this, these basic guidelines will show you how to extend the life expectancy of all of your essential oils, carrier oils and massage oils. You have invested your money in all your aromatherapy products, so it certainly makes sense to look after them properly thereby ensuring their therapeutic properties are not weakened or lost.

 

What Is A Carrier Oil?

Carrier oil, also known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. Carrier oils do not contain a concentrated aroma.

Most cold pressed carrier oils used in aromatherapy typically have a shelf life of between 9 and 15 months, again depending on the particular oil in question and how well it is stored. Grapeseed oil has perhaps one of the shortest shelf lives at around 6 to 9 months, with Borage, Carrot and Evening Primrose oil close behind at around 10 to 12 months. These oils in particular are susceptible to damage caused by temperature changes.

At the other extreme, Coconut and Jojoba oil (which is really a liquid wax) will keep for many, many years. The Quinessence 5% and 10% Dilution Range uses Jojoba oil as a diluent for this very reason - these products will keep for many years as opposed to a dilution produced with almond or grapeseed oil which would only last for a few months.

Carrier oils will go rancid eventually due to the presence of unsaturated fatty acids which tend to oxidize quickly if not stored properly. However, this process usually takes up to a year and these products should have been used long before such a long period. This is one very good reason to buy smaller sizes of these products more regularly, rather than the one purchase of a larger size. If you are not going to use the oil quickly it can be a false economy.

How Do I Dilute An Essential Oil, Absolute Or Extract In A Carrier Oil (eg, Fractionated Coconut Oil)?

First thing you want to do, determine to what percent you want to dilute an essential oil, absolute, or extract. 

For example, if you are working with a very strongly scented material, you may want to dilute it to 10%, or one part scented material plus 9 parts stable carrier oil. You can use drops, milliliters, ounces, etc. as the measuring unit, e.g., one drop Tobacco Absolute, 9 drops jojoba oil.

Second step, determine how much diluted material you want.

For example, for one ounce (30 milliliters) of a 10% dilution, measure 3 milliliters of the scented material and 27 milliliters of carrier oil into a one ounce bottle.

What are the odds of working with a thick oil?

If you are working with a very thick essential oil, absolute, or extract, it will be more easily incorporated if the carrier oil is also pre-heated to near the same temperature as the heated essential oil, absolute, or extract. If the essential oil, absolute, or extract does not mix completely into the carrier oil, you may need to allow a period of time for incorporation to be completed; shaking the bottle as often as you think of it will help speed up the process.

Remember: Always to label, date, and record your dilutions.

How Do I Dilute An Essential Oil, Absolute or extract in alcohol?

First thing you want do, determine to what percent you want to dilute an essential oil, absolute, or extract.

For example, if you are working with a very strongly scented material, you may want to dilute it to 10%, or one part scented material plus 9 parts high proof alcohol (grape or grain is best, or Everclear). You can use drops, milliliters, ounces, etc. as the measuring unit, e.g., one drop Tobacco Absolute, 9 drops alcohol.

Second Step, determine how much diluted material you want.

For example, for one ounce (30 milliliters) of a 10% dilution, measure 3 milliliters of the scented material and 27 milliliters of alcohol into a one ounce bottle.

Never heat alcohol due to fire hazard – generally, the heated material should easily incorporate into room temperature alcohol. If the essential oil, absolute, or extract does not mix completely into the alcohol, you may need to allow a period of time for incorporation to be completed; shaking the bottle as often as you think of it will help speed up the process.

Remember: Always to label, date, and record your dilutions.

Can I Use Carrier Oils In My Facial Skincare Routine?

Yes, here’s three ways to use Carrier oils in your Facial Skincare Routine.  

Can I Use A Carrier Oil As A Makeup Remover?

Instead of using a commercial makeup remover, try just using a carrier oil! A carrier oil such as jojoba (Simmondsia sinensis) or olive (Olea europaea) is a great starting point. Simply dab a small amount of your chosen carrier oil onto a cotton ball or cotton bud and gently remove your makeup. Avoid getting into the eyes.

 Can I Use A Carrier Oil As A Facial Serum?

Facial serums can be made in several different ways and the term is used to describe several types of facial products. Facial serums may be made with hydrosols, essential oils, and hyaluronic acid. However, a simpler facial “serum” can be made with a carrier oil – with or without the addition of essential oils. Put simply, this is an oil to be used in place of a face cream or lotion – and is perfect for dry, winter or summer skin.

These are the most comment carrier oil for such, pomegranate seed (Punica granatum), rose hip seed (Rosa rubiginosa), or sweet almond (Prunis dulcis) for starters. Add appropriate essential oils if desired.

Are Carrier Oils Good For Acne?

Those with acne have been found to have low levels of linoleic acid in their skin surface lipids (PubMed.gov). Therefore, if you suffer from acne, you might try to improve the condition of your skin by using a carrier oil that is high in linoleic acid, these choices include:

* Evening primrose (Oenthera biennis) – 65 – 75 %

* Hemp seed (Cannabis sativa) – 55%

* Grape seed (Vitis vinifera) – 58 – 81%

* Rose hip seed (Rosa rubiginosa) – 43.6%

Combine the carrier oil with an essential oil such as tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) or lemon (Citrus limon) for greater effect. Use a 1% dilution for the face, until you know how your skin will react; in addition, pay attention to any other contra-indications for use.

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