Some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on then essential oils include;
1. How safe are the essential oils?
Essential oils are quite safe if used in the right manner. However, some are known to be easily flammable and should not be exposed to heat and flames. The safety concerns on pregnant women, especially due to their levels of concentrations may call for consultation with the therapist.
Concerns on the cancer cases have been raised. However, the essential oils used in aromatherapy have been recommended in managing certain cancer symptoms.
2. How are the essential oils gotten?
Essential oils are extracted using diverse methods with the use of heat as the major component. Some of the common strategies used in getting these oils include;
The use of carbon dioxide extraction mechanism-this method involves distilling the essential oil under pressurized carbon dioxide gas. The liquefied carbon dioxide is used as the main solvent through which the oil is to be extracted. The extraction process then involve the reconverting the carbon dioxide to its gaseous form which then goes back to the atmosphere leaving the liquid oil. It is one of the best.
Cold pressing method which is usually good for certain oils. It is good for the peeling fruit oils like citrus which can then be pressed. These oils have high evaporation capacities and needs to be covered.
Extract distillation-Distillation which is the process most commonly in use. It only involves the isolation f the diverse plant components including the aromatic ones.
The use of oil solvents which is used with delicate plant parts to get the oils. This method may be good for extracting aroma from flowers which are soaked and then the solvent goes through heating and evaporation. Most of the absolute oils e extracted this way.
3. Why is there need to dilute most of the essential oils?
There are two reasons: to reduce evaporation and increase quality. Because of the ease of evaporation of most of the essential oils, you are better placed when they are in their dilute form. This is meant to lower their rates of evaporation and so their use is also economized. The dilution can be done with other less evaporating oils which also add some good taste to the oil in terms of the aroma.
4. Can I use different oils at once?
Yes, the use of two essential oils at the same time is possible provided you mix them in their right proportions. It can also add the aroma therapeutic taste to the oil.
5. Is there a limit for the recommended amounts?
Yes there is a limit. Most of the essential oils come with a rider on the number of drops recommended. This then makes the user to not exceed this limit. The reason behind this is usually the levels of concentrations usually seen with essential oils. If some of these oils are used in excess then may affect the respiratory tract.
6. Are the essential oils safe for allergic people?
Most of the essential oils may cause some level of reactions to people with allergies. However, it depends on the type of allergy one has. The need for consultations with the aroma therapist before commencement of use is recommended.
7. Can they make one dream if used as sleep therapy?
Because of the manner in which they work, the calming effect has been seen to work magic on most users, taking them into deep sleep. This may lead the individual into dreaming as the aroma therapeutic components work in cleansing the mind and the body.
8. What is therapeutic graded oil?
Therapeutic graded oil is pure oil with no traces of additives and adulterants as well as additives. Essential oils are usually heat distilled and are from the purest forms of plant oils. They exist as the best quality aromatherapy substances.
However, this grading is not standard and each group or manufacturer has its own way of determining their own standard, it begs a lot of questions.
9. What are the essential oils?
Essential oils are usually steam distilled oils with no traces of any leftover base product. They are usually regarded as being quite strong when used for therapy. Unlike their opposite which is the obsolete oils, they have pure grade qualities. In most of the instances, the essential oils require no further distillations at any stage of their use.
10. What are the diffusers?
They are usually mediums used in the cause of aiding the diffusion of the essential oil aroma in aromatherapy.