ABOUT OUR ESSENTIALS OILS
1. What is an Essential oil?
Essential Oils (Aromatherapy Oils) are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. Botanicá Aromatherapy Essential Oils are directly imported mainly from Australia, Canada and Taiwan to ensure the genuine and purity of the oils.
2. What is a carrier oil?
Carrier oils are also referred to as vegetable oils and base oils. They have extensive applications in Aromatherapy because they are used to dilute Essential Oils for application. They are also used in the manufacturing of cold-process soaps. Each Carrier Oil has different properties and the choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought.
3. Are your oils natural?
All of our oils are 100% pure and natural, of therapeutic grade and free from any chemicals or pesticides.
4. What are the different ways to use essential oils?
There are many ways that essential oils can be used:
Massages: Massage is one of the most beneficial methods of using essential oils because it combines the therapeutic powers of the essential oil with the benefits of touch therapy.
Inhalation: Inhalation is on of the quickest ways to experience the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. This method is highly beneficial for helping respiratory ailments.
Baths: Adding essential oils to a hot, soothing bath can create a relaxing and therapeutic experience.
Essential Oil Diffuser: Diffusers and Aromatherapy go hand-in-hand. Adding essential oils to a diffuser effectively introduces the therapeutic properties and fragrance to any environment.
Compress: Compresses are an effective way to apply essential oils directly to areas where they are needed the most.
5. Can your oils be ingested?
Our Essential and Carrier Oils are pure, and in many cases, food grade. However, we do NOT recommend the ingestion of essential oils.
6. Why are most essential oils not to be used directly on the skin?
Many essential oils can cause irritation to the skin. They should be blended in a carrier (vegetable) oil before being applied to the skin. Only Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils can be applied directly to the skin, or 'neat'.
7. What does Phototoxic mean?
Most Citrus essential oils are considered to be phototoxic. This means that when applied to the skin prior to sunlight exposure, they can increase skin pigmentation. Oils that should be avoided approximately six hours before prolonged sunlight exposure include bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, orange and mandarin.They should not be used at all while taking phototoxic medications, as any direct sunlight on the skin could trigger the possibility of a medical emergency.
8. Why should certain oils be avoided during pregnancy?
Certain essentials oils are considered too powerful for use during pregnancy as they may stimulate the production of certain hormones, and can encourage bleeding. Please consult a healthcare professional before using any essential oil.
9. What is the difference between an essential oil and a fragrant oil?
Essential oils essences are expressed directly from plants or plant parts and are all natural, whereas fragrant oils are manufactured in a lab from different aromatic chemicals.
10. How do I store my essential oils once I have purchased them?
It is recommended that oils should be stored between 0 and 20 degrees Celsius (room temperature) and out of direct sunlight.