Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly fragrant, volatile oils extracted from flowers, leaves and other plant parts. Essential oils generally go by the name of the plant from which they were extracted. For example, lavender essential oil comes from lavender and sandalwood essential oil comes from sandalwood. Essential oils have several properties that make them extremely useful for hair and skin care. For example, the essential oil of grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi scientific name) has been found to stimulate hair growth, the French lavender essential oil (scientific name Lavandula angustifolia) has been found to help combat dandruff, and oil essential tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been found to help clear up acne. Essential oils are extremely powerful.

The availability of an essential oil is like having a concentrated liquid form of this plant. Because essential oils are so strong, you should be sure to observe the following precautions safety before use: 1) Keep all essential oils out of reach of children. Some essential oils can be harmful or fatal if swallowed. 2) Do not apply undiluted essential oils to the skin unless you know it is safe. Some essential oils (such as cloves and cinnamon) can be extremely irritating to the skin. 3) If you are pregnant or trying to become so, consult your doctor before experimenting with essential oils.

4) Wait to leave in the sun if you plan to use any product that contains a citrus essential oil. Citrus oils (bergamot, lemon, lime, sweet orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, etc.) make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light. They can cause rashes or a temporary darkening of the skin, if you are on your skin and you are exposed to strong sunlight. 5) If you are in a delicate health condition, consult your doctor before using essential oils. If you follow these safety precautions, working with essential oils will be a pleasant experience.