1. Therapeutic grade essential oils have no expiration date if they are stored well.
2. You should never heat up the oils over 90 C because they lose aromatic and therapeutic benefits.
3. If you make DIY sprays or any beauty products with EO always keep them in a glass containers. Undiluted essential oils can break down specific types of plastic at high concentrations. This may compromise the oil, and may cause leakage.
4. When putting the oils on your skin always have a carrier oil with you if you should feel any irritation. Most of EO should be diluted before applying them. Mixing EO with water will enhance the effect on your skin, so that’s actually really useful if you are considering making DIY body spray with two ingredients – water and EO. Try out the Peppermint + Lavender spray for hot summer days it helped me fight the heat many times.
5. All citrus essential oils like Lemon, Orange, Lime etc. react to sunlight so you should avoid applying these oils on your skin if you are going to spent some time outside in the sun.
6. Carrier oils are very important for Aromatherapy and can differ in quality. Some oils can be absorbed faster than the others. For example Shea butter is great for your lips and can help protect your skin from cold and wind in winter but it feels a bit heavy and stays on your skin for a long time. Jojoba is great for all face skin procedures because it doesn’t leave a shiny effect and is absorbed quit fast. The most universal oil which I use a lot is coconut oil. It has a very pleasant smell and is great for your skin and hair.
7. Essential oils are volatile products and stay in your body for about 48 hours during which they can influence psychological and physical processes in a positive way.
8. Some oils can increase your concentration levels (Peppermint, Rosemary), others have relaxing and soothing effects (Lavender). Some are great to deal with muscle pain after workout (Wintergreen, Basil) and some are helpful for our hormone system because of their ability to influence hormone levels and to balance them (Sage, Thyme, Sandalwood).
9. Your hair is great when it comes to absorbing and carrying the smell so one of my favourite methods for using EO is simply rubbing them in to slightly wet hair.
10. Everyone is different so there will always be oils you love and some which you won’t. Some oils can be very unpleasant even if we know how good they are supposed to be for us.This happens because of our limbic system and its function to connect different information like smell, memories and emotions (check this link for full explanation about limbic system: http://www.quinessence.com/blog/the-limbic-system ) Try to find your favourites because they can lift you up by simply sending the message to your brain that everything is going great! The smell can bring you back in time for pleasant memories or surround you with positive associations and that’s something you are going to be thankful for because most of us live in such fast changing environment and have to deal with stress daily. So if you are having a rainy day, carry your sunshine in your bag or pocket and breathe it in at anytime.