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Essential Oils: Introduction & Safety

Essential oil and flowers

Have you always been interested in essential oils but unsure where to start? Browse the useful information below to find out more about different types of fragrances and oils, safety with essential oils, and more.

Essential Oils - a distilled, concentrated extract made by steaming or pressing various parts of plants. Because they are concentrated, essential oils must be diluted in a carrier oil if being used for direct skin application. Remember never to put essential oils on an open wound of any kind (even small cuts or scrapes), and keep in mind that some essential oils can cause photosensitivity -- leaving you more prone to sunburns -- including citrus oils.

Carrier Oils - oils derived from plants that have little to no scent and are often used in cooking. These oils are used to dilute concentrated essential oils for safe skin application. Some carrier oils include coconut, sweet almond, jojoba, sunflower, argan, avocado, rosehip, and olive oil.

Fragrance Oils - synthetic chemical compounds used primarily in candles and air fresheners. These should not be used in products intended for direct skin contact. 

Aromatherapy - the use of essential oils to enhance emotional and physical well-being. Can include the use of diffusers, massage, and beauty products.

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