Home Cleaning with Essential Oils
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Home Cleaning with Essential Oils
On this page, we have provided you with a very informative article entitled, "Storing, Handling, And Using Essential Oils" by Mireille Gautischi. Please take some time to read this before cleaning with essential oils... Beware of a health danger the industry does not want you to know! It's called: Adulterated Oils! Please read the information below so you will be sure that you really are cleaning with essential oils.
Unfortunately, many vendors will sell fragrance oils which are not pure and often lack the effect of true
It is expensive to grow the plants organically, it is even more expensive to distill the plants slowly with low heat and pressure, so some manufacturers use high pressure and heat and have a shorter distillation time, which can destroy and even burn some of the delicate compounds in the oils. But they make more money off of an inferior product. And you really won't be cleaning with essential oils.
Another thing some manufacturers and distributors do is to add synthetic chemicals to the pure oils, to create more volume and to enhance the fragrance. Many of the familiar fragrances can be duplicated in a laboratory. The sad thing is that these adulterated oils are passed off as pure essential oils! Then people use them are definitely not cleaning with essential oils and are mostly disappointed.
Storing, Handling And Using Essential Oils
By Mireille Gautschi
Pure Essential Oils are a natural product and contain no preservatives or additives. A few of them can also be quite dangerous if not handled correctly. Some basic procedures should therefore be observed in order to ensure safety but also the quality of the oils in storage.
Storing essential oils:
Many oils are flammable and/or act as strong solvents. Eucalyptus Oil for example can be used to remove glue from old stickers or to strip paint.
Essential Oils are best stored in amber glass bottles with a tight lid. It is also advisable to fit bottles that don't have a dripolator (orifice reducer) with a child proof cap for safety reasons. Sun light (UV) and high temperatures are the main enemies of this product. Amber glass bottles offer good protection from UV. These containers are best kept in a dark, cool place with temperature fluctuations kept to a minimum. Keep the oils safely locked away from children at all times.
Stored at low temperatures, some oils will tend to solidify. This is no cause for alarm as they will turn liquid again once they reach room or in some cases body temperature. Most likely to solidify are the absolutes, vanilla, rose, otto and fennel.
Under good conditions the oils can be stored for periods of 6 months to several years. Some oils like myrrh, sandalwood, frankincense and patchouli will even improve or "mature" with age, very similar to a good wine. The shortest shelf life oils are all citrus oils with grapefruit generally being the first to deteriorate. Once they start to turn cloudy or smell rancid they should be disposed of.
Handling and using essential oils: When taking it from the bottle, avoid contamination. Don't touch the top of the bottle or the inside of the lid. If you are using pipettes to transfer the oils, try to obtain disposable ones that you can throw away after use. Never use the same pipette for different oils. Used pipettes can also be stored for a short time in clip-seal plastic bags to use again later.
Avoid contact of the oils with the skin as they can cause irritation. Using latex gloves and wearing protective glasses is recommended when handling the oils. Essential oils must never be used internally. For application to the skin, dilute the oil with a good quality carrier oil e.g. jojoba, almond or olive oil. 3% essential oil with 97% carrier oil is a safe ratio.
Diffusers and oil lamps need only 2-3 drops of oil to scent a room for many hours. The cup on the oil lamp should be 3/4 filled with clean water, add to it the 2-3 drops of essential oil. Only then light the candle in the burner. Remember some oils are highly flammable, so be careful when using an essential oil lamp.
Observe these points and you will get a lot of enjoyment out of your oils.
Mireille Gautschi is a qualified Flower Essence Therapist and Herbalist who has many years experience with the developement of natural herbal remedies. She has a website at
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