We ran across this little list of essential oils. Guess who is the first people we thought of, you of course! It is a small list I admit but I figure every little bit of information is worth something. So feel free to print it out, write it out or how ever you keep things in your BOS. Hope you find it useful and helpful!
A GUIDE TO OILS
Many recipes for herbal remedies call for the use of oils of some sort.
Carrier oils – Some recipes will call for carrier oils to dilute or “carry” the active ingredients to the skin. Your choice of carrier oil will depend on the effects you seek. These oils are generally cold pressed to retain as much of their therapeutic benefits as possible. Most health food stores will have a selection of good oils and you may even find them in some supermarkets. A word of caution if purchasing from the supermarket is that often their oils will NOT be cold pressed. They will have been heated and will have lost a lot of their good properties.
SWEET ALMOND, PEACH, APRICOT -Versatile and can be used for both body massage and facial treatments since they are light and easily absorbed
SUNFLOWER, GRAPESEED – Perfect body oil where nut allergies
OLIVE – Olive oil is the most universal oil used for a multitude of purposes. It has a rich, full bodied flavour with a strong aroma and is golden brown in colour. It has a great conditioning effect in body care recipes and can be used in almost all applications because of its stable nature
BLACK SEED, BORAGE, EVENING PRIMROSE, JOJOBA, ROSEHIP – Fantastic results in facial treatments. May need diluting with lighter oil if used for body massage. None of these oils are extracted from nuts.
AVOCADO, WHEATGERM Unrefined – Perfect for nourishing the skin in overnight treatment. Too heavy to use for massage. Strong, deeply nourishing oils to soften the skin.
Choose oil with the right properties for your particular. Once you know some basic facts about the properties, actions and viscosity of the oils, choosing becomes easier. Many of these oils can be combined to suit your particular requirements. Experiment with your oils until you find what works best for you.
To use some of the richer oils in body massage or facial treatments just add them to a lighter oil such as Almond, Apricot or Peach oil at around 15-20%, – then you can enjoy all their therapeutic benefits without the odour. You can do the same with any of the other deep-nourishing oils – this also helps keep costs down.
Essential oils – The term essential indicates that the oil carries the essence of the plant, not that it is an especially important or fundamental substance. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation.
Making Herbal Remedies (Herbology At Home)
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