WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS
The healing power of plants is one of natures precious gifts to us. Essential oils are compounds which are extracted from plants to capture their flavours and scents (essence), and overall beneficial properties. Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence. Not all plants produce essential oils. In the plants that do, the essential oil is found in the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or fruits. Essential oils can be of benefit to your skin, hair, and healthcare and can also be used for aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is an art and science that spans civilizations across the world. It is a holistic healing treatment that uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. Our ancient ancestors intuitively knew how to use the aromatic plants around them but is something that most of us have long since forgotten or tend to ignore as we look to modern medicine for all our help. Essential oils can have a profound effect on the deepest levels of the body and mind and enhance positive mental and emotional states, as well as increasing our ability to stay healthy. Many oils create an environment that bacteria find inhospitable.
Lincs Holistic Wellness uses a small selection of powerful essential oils to accompany Reiki Treatments. These oils are chosen for your specific healing purposes, after consultation with you. More details can be found towards the end of this page (just before Free Guides section) or feel free to get in touch below.
SAFE USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Although essential oils have many benefits it is important to bear in mind that, due to their concentrated nature, they can be dangerous if not used correctly. As with all forms of alternative therapy, use essential oils with caution. Always discuss the use of these oils with a doctor or aromatherapist. You should not use an essential oil in place of prescribed medication. The information provided here is for general purposes only and not intended to replace medical advice.
ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY GUIDELINES
Before you start using essential oils it is important to keep the following in mind:
- Do not use essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a practitioner.
- Do not apply neat oils directly to skin; dilute with carrier oil
(exceptions are mild essential oils that have a history of safety such as lavender).
- Avoid contact with eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin.
- Do not use citrus oils before you are exposed to UV light.
- Use only pure essential oils (avoid synthetic fragrances).
- Do not use essential oils on animals, babies, infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly,
or those with serious health problems, without advice.
- Avoid prolonged exposure without ventilation when using a diffuser and avoid leaving animals in a room with a diffuser in use.
- Store essential oils and carrier oils correctly to avoid degradation and rancidity
(dark-coloured, well-sealed, glass bottles away from direct heat and light)
- Keep in mind the shelf life. All oils should keep well for a year and some for two to three years
but this is greatly reduced if mixed with a carrier oil.
- Always keep out of reach of children and animals.
THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN BUYING ESSENTIAL OILS
There are many essential oils on the market and its not always easy to sort out the differences between various companies and suppliers and decipher what the labelling actually means. Below are some things to be aware of to ensure you are getting the best quality essential oils from a supplier you trust.
Things to be aware of on Essential Oil Labels
Genuine/Pure - Do not rely on these terms when shopping for essential oils. Large volumes of oils sold as “genuine” and “pure” are neither, and false advertising is common in the aromatherapy world. It is best to get oils from a supplier that works directly with the distiller.
Therapeutic or Aromatherapy Grade – There is no one organisation that oversees the quality of essential oils and 'Therapeutic Grade' or 'Aromatherapy Grade' can simply be a marketing term. Any company can claim their oils to be of these grades.
Certified-Organic – This means different things in different countries but is often a better indicator of quality. A third party certifying agency will have inspected and certified the source of the plant material and the distillery to ensure the oil has not been grown with pesticides. Once the oil gets to an essential oil company they may continue using that term if their facilities are certified; if not then the oil may be sold under the term “organic,” as the oil is still organic but the chain of certification has ended.
Non-Certified Organic – Due to the high cost, third party certification is not economically possible for many farmers and distillers. Non-certified organic oils can be just as high quality, or better, than those that are certified. Organic essentials oils have at least undergone screening to be labelled as organic and are a safe bet.
Wild-Harvested - Wild-harvested oils are some of the best in the world as they tend to have a greater genetic diversity compared to cultivated and have long been considered by traditional herbalists to be more therapeutically potent.
Latin and Common Names - Prominent companies tend to list the Latin name and Common Name on the label as well as the country of origin. This helps to assure the consumer that you are buying the proper oil and not a generic competitor.
Expiry Date - all essential oils have a limited shelf life, always check the expiry date.
3 Things to avoid when buying Essential Oils
Synthetic Fragrance – Be aware of synthetic fragrances as this is not the natural aroma of an essential oil and so won't have its healing benefits and can even be dangerous. It is often hidden under the term 'Parfum' or just 'Fragrance' on ingredients lists.
Plastic bottles – Oils from a genuine source should always come in a well-sealed, dark-coloured, glass bottle as this preserves the quality and life of the oil.
Beware cheap essential oils – True essential oils are normally expensive as it takes vast amounts of the plants to produce a small amount of oil. If you see a very cheap oil then it is safe to assume that it is not an entirely pure essential oil.
ESSENTIAL OIL CATEGORIES
Below are the most popular categories or groupings of essential oils (but bear in mind that many oils have more than one prevailing aroma and note). This list is not exhaustive and others may categorise oils slightly differently.
Citrus - These light oils often have fruity scents that are characteristic of their rinds. They can be described as clean, fresh, invigorating, tangy, vibrant and uplifting and emotionally balancing and can help low mood and lethargy eg Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange.
Floral - These scents are from flowering botanical sources and can be described as being feminine, modest, subtle and romantic. They are often sweet-smelling, comforting and mood balancing eg Chamomile, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang.
Herbaceous - Essential oils that have herbaceous scents can also be described as smelling green or grassy and have invigorating spring-like scents. They are calming, balancing to the emotions and promote positivity and can also help with low energy eg Basil, Clary Sage, Marjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint.
Camphoraceous - These oils have strong, almost medicinal aromas and are known to benefit the respiratory system. They are clarifying, energising, penetrating and purifying eg Camphor, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Tea Tree.
Spicy - Spicy essential oils have exotic, warm, intense aromas. Their strong, spicy scents are commonly used to stimulate energy and focus. They can also provide feelings of safety and comfort when a lower amount is used. eg Aniseed, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Ginger, Nutmeg.
Resinous - These essential oils are deep and rich with a smoky, slightly woody sweet, and warming aroma. Their long-lasting fragrances are reassuring and often used in spiritual practices. They are also good for stress and anxiety as they calm racing thoughts and promote relaxation eg Benzoin, Elemi, Frankincense, Myrrh and Palo Santo.
Woody/Earthy- These essential oils have deep, warm, lingering aroma reminiscent of the scents of the forest with fallen leaves or damp moss. They are considered to be grounding, stabilising and promote feelings of wellbeing. They tend to have a masculine, musky, and sensual scent eg Woody - Cedarwood, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Pine, Sandalwood. Earthy - Angelica, Patchouli, Valerian, Vetiver.
Carrier oils are used to dilute the essential oils and help "carry" them into the skin. Listed below are some of the more widely available carrier oils:
WAYS TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Below are some ways in which you can use the essential oils to enjoy their healing benefits:
Massage – Essential oils can be used for massage but as pure essential oils are so concentrated they need diluting before applying them to the skin. For adults a 2.5% dilution is recommended for most purposes. For children under 12 a 1% is generally safe. There are many great carrier oils from which to choose such as jojoba, coconut, argan, almond, olive oil and more
(see list above).
Facial steam - Add 1 - 5 drops of essential oil to a pot of hot water. Cover head with a towel and allow steam to circulate inside the towel. This is good for opening sinuses, easing tension, and invigorating the skin. Rosemary or Eucalyptus oils are best for this.
Aromatherapy diffusers - Diffusers offer a safe and easy way to fill your home or office with essential oils. A small amount of essential oil has a big impact on our mind, body and spirit when diffused in the air we breathe.
Inhalations - This application is simple and can be done just about anywhere as you can carry your chosen oil with you and inhale whenever you need. For direct inhalation, place the bottle of essential oil about 5 inches under your nose and inhale deeply. For palm inhalation, add a drop or two of favourite skin-friendly, mild essential oil to the palms to inhale.
Caution:prolonged inhalation of concentrated essential oils can cause dizziness, headaches, lethargy and nausea.
Baths – A soak in an aromatic bath is a good way to relax and improve feelings of wellbeing. Always mix essential oils with a natural emulsifier such as honey, milk, or suitable carrier oil. A generally safe dose is 5 - 10 drops of essential oils mixed with 1/2 - 1 cup of emulsifier.
Caution: overuse of essential oils in the bath can cause irritation. Non-irritating essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, and clary sage are best for baths.
REIKI AND ESSENTIAL OILS
The use of essential oils in a diffuser is a very powerful addition to your Reiki treatment. The healing power of plants has often been overlooked in modern medicine. As you inhale the gentle aroma your body/mind will start to relax at an even deeper level and begin to heal.
Lincs Holistic Wellness Favourites:
Bergamot - When diffused Bergamot has powerful mood stabilizing effects. It has an uplifting and clarifying citrus scent and discourages feelings of sadness or melancholy.
Lavender – Well known for aiding relaxation and sleep but it also reduces feelings of anger, agitation and insecurity.
Palo Santo – Has a distinctive uplifting and balancing fragrance. It has settling, grounding and calming properties and great for maintaining emotional equanimity.
Also a natural air purifier.
Roman Chamomile - Highly regarded by ancient Egyptians for its healing properties, it enhances wellness and supports calm and relaxation.
Rose Geranium – A fragrant mix of rose and citrus, Rose Geranium helps to reduce feelings of stress and worry and brings feelings of calm and positivity, uplifts mood and promotes feelings of well-being.
Tulsi – Also known as Holy Basil has a powerful aromatic fragrance and considered the purifier of the mind, body and spirit. Often known as the 'elixir of life' for its powerful therapeutic benefits and known to promote a feeling of vitality.
I will select the oil best suited to your personal healing needs.
All the oils I use have been specifically sourced from a holistic supplier to ensure their purity and sustainable production.
Only by using the pure oil of the plant can we gain from its healing benefits.
REIKI TREATMENT WITH ESSENTIAL OIL IN DUFFUSER £35.00