Essential oil safety information. Part 2.

Aromatherapy Massage

  Safety for pregnancy, babies and children

An aromatherapy back massage is one of the most relaxing treatments for a woman during pregnancy, especially nearing labour. Scented massage is a wonderful to help relax a baby, and helps parental bonding, small children also enjoy smelling the gentle essential oil to help relieve stress and anxiety. However, in all these scenarios it is very important to use the correct oils and in the correct amounts.

Safety during pregnancy

  • DO NOT use any essential oils in your baths until after the first 3 months of pregnancy.
  • Massage blends in pregnancy should contain half the drops of essential oils in the normal blend.

AVOID: The following should be avoided during pregnancy, labour and while breast feeding:

  • Rosemary
  • Spanish sage
  • Myrrh
  • Laurel leaf
  • Fennel
  • Juniper berry
  • Agnus cactus
  • Sweet basil
  • Tulsi (Indian holy basil)
  • Damiana
  • Angelica root
  • Lovage root
  • Jasmin absolute
  • Birch
  • Camphor
  • Hyssop
  • Mug wart
  • Parsley leaf or seed
  • Pennyroyal
  • Sage
  • Tansy
  • Tarragon
  • Thuja
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood

 

Special recommendations: the following essential oils are soothing and relaxing, making them ideal for massage after the first three months of pregnancy:

  • Roman chamomile
  • Orange leaf
  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Lemon
  • Australian sandalwood
  • Sweet orange
  • Neroli
  • Mandarin
  • Rose Otto

 

Safety for babies and toddlers:

Never use essential oils on babies under 3 months of age. Once the baby has reached 3 months you can give massages using aromatherapy oil blends, you can only use one drop of a single essential oil diluted in 20ml/ 4 tsp of carrier oil per, massage or bath. An example that would nice to use would be 1 drop of Rose Otto in 20ml/4tsp of Sweet almond carrier oil. The following four essential oils are the only oils, safe to use on your baby and toddler: Roman Chamomile great for sore bottoms, Lavender helps to soothe skin and helps sleep, Neroli to calm when fretful, and, Rose Otto to help moisturize the skin.

Safety for 2 to 10 year olds:

Make sure you never use more than two drops of any two essential oils in a massage blend that is intended for use on children between 2 and 10 years of age. This means you should never mix more than 4 drops in total in 20ml/4tsp of carrier oil. Children that are over ten can use the same strength blends as for adults.

Children tend not to be drawn to heavily scented oils, and therefore, the following are a safe selection that are gently aromatic, and, useful oils:

  • Roman Chamomile to help soothe the nerves
  • Lavender to aid with sleep
  • Lemon-scented Eucalyptus to relieve colds
  • Lemon to help unblock the nose
  • Sweet Orange calms emotional stress
  • Spearmint helps relieve tummy aches
  • Neroli aids with sleep
  • Rose Otto soothes irritated skin

 

Essential oil safety information. Part 1.

Essential-Oil-Safety information

Essential oil safety information.

Essential oils are very powerful substances, for an example of how much plant is needed to make the oils here is an example:

It takes three-quarters of a tonne of lavender flowers to produce just 2 litres/66fl oz. of lavender essential oil, and any extracted oil is about 100 times more concentrated than it is in the plant. Smell lavender flowers on the plant and then smell the oil in a bottle, the contrasting intensity will obvious. To be safe therefore I would recommend using the essential oils carefully and in small amounts.

Counting the drops:

When using essential oils, there are safe and effective amounts of each to use, and, usually this is shown in recipes etc… by the number of drops. (to make counting easy, essential oil bottles have special dropper inserts, to make counting easier as they dispense one drop at a time).

When following a recipe for a blend, it is very important that you DO NOT exceed the stated number of drops. Always read the safety guidelines for each essential oil in every blend. Most blends contain even numbers of drops, because there are times when you need to make a lower concentration of the blend and even numbers make it easier to halve the number of drops. (example of when you need to reduce concentration are; during pregnancy or when using on children).

When you only need, one drop, but need to reduce potency.

However, sometimes, a blend will require only one drop of a certain essential oil. This may be due to it being particularly pungent or powerful. When you need to halve drops of the oils in such a blend, it is fine to use one drop of the pungent oil. This will make it smell quite strong, but it will still be pleasant due to the other oils mixed into it.

Be safe, Be wise

It is worth mentioning that essential oils are used today for medicinal purposes, just as they have been for centuries. You would not ever think of taking conventional medicines without first checking their dosage and if there are any contraindications (side effects), to make sure you are using them safely. Even though essential oils are natural, they still have to be treated with the same respect as any other medication.

Understanding all the safety principles from the beginning, you will be ready to enjoy all the benefits that essential oils can bring and, to get the best out of aromatherapy, without taking any risks. Therefore, an important step would be to follow some basic guidelines.

The following are the two most important rules to remember:

  • First and most important: do not ever swallow essential oils. They are highly concentrated and very potent substances, and, in large enough quantities they can attach the linings of the mouth and digestive tract, which are very delicate. If swallowed in sufficiently large enough doses, essential oils may cause poisoning reactions in the body.
  • Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children, especially when they are small. This is because children have a tendency to put things in their mouths, and, as we have already learnt swallowing essential oil can be very dangerous. If you suspect a child has swallowed some essential oil, it is always best to seek medical attention straight away. Making sure you take the essential oil bottle with you so the doctor can give appropriate advice.

Safety in the sun

 

If you enjoy getting out in the sun at the first sign of summer, or use your local sunbed parlour regular, then you need to be cautious about which essential oils you apply to your skin. Some oils – mainly produced using the peel of certain citrus fruits, although there are one or two others- contain biochemical ingredients that can cause the skin to react when exposed to UV rays of strong sunlight or sunbeds. These are also known as “phototoxic”, and the reaction the skin has is “photosensitivity”, which can cause irregular patches of dark tanning on skin, and, in severe cases can lead to burns on the skin.

This only becomes an issue when you apply phototoxic oils to the skin via massage blends. It does not apply when using these oils in the bath or in showers gels (because they are washed off), nor does it apply to vaporisers and inhalations (such as oil burners).

Sun safe citrus oils

As we have just learnt (above) most citrus essential oil are phototoxic (see below), modern perfumery research show s that sweet orange, tangerine and mandarin are not, and are safe to apply them to skin that’s exposed to UV rays, with no problems. However, always check safety information for any oil you intend to use on exposed skin before using, just to be on the safe side.

Phototoxic essential oils

All essential oils are safe to use on the skin which exposed to sunlight or UV rays from a sunbed, except for the following:

If you are going to use any of these oils during the summer or while using a sunbed regular, apply them diluted in your chosen massage blends (with a carrier oil) as normal, but make sure you leave 12 hours before sun or sunbed exposure. This will give the body time to process the essential oils.

Oil Burners: Part 2

oil burners

The essential oils that I purchased along with my very first oil burner (way before I become interested in aromatherapy) were normal oils such as Egyptian musk that are specifically used for oil burners and pot pourri; these also need to be added to water (more about these later) I also brought Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Eucalyptus.

I have listed below some example blends for you to use in your oil burner.

As an insect repellent, add 2 drops each of Lemongrass, Lavender, and Tea Tree essential oils to a little water in the top of your oil burner.

To mask the smell of cigarette smoke, use 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil.

To wake you up in the morning, add 3 drops Grapefruit, 2 drops Rosemary, and 1 drop Peppermint essential oils.

To relax after a hard day at work, use 2 drops each of Lavender, Chamomile (I prefer Roman Chamomile to German and Maroc but it depends on what you are using it for as they have slightly different properties), and Sandalwood essential oils.

To help you study and improve concentration, use 3 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Eucalyptus, and 1 drop Peppermint to your oil burner.

I hope you get as much pleasure and healing from your essential oils and oil burner as I do from mine!

Lighter oils (top and middle notes), such as lemon and lavender diffuse quicker than thicker oils (base notes), such as sandalwood and rose. You may want to top up the oil after a little while to maintain the aroma.

Other uses for oil burners.

Apart from being great to use essential oils in a burner you can also buy specific oils that are intended for oil burners and these come in a variety of fragrances depending on your own tastes.

These oils are a great smell like the original scent producers such as apple-spice, they are both versatile and strong, they can also be used to refresh you potpourri by adding just a few drops sprinkled over the petals of potpourri or if you use the wooden variety simply add these to a microwavable container fill with water add your desired fragrance then microwave for a minute remove dry and enjoy the fragrance.

fragranced oils usually come in 10ml containers. A few fragrances to give you an idea are as follows:

Amber, apple spice, bubble gum, cinnamon &orange, cool musk, nag champa, rose musk, white musk. These can be found in most shops that sell candles or other house hold smellies, also available here.

Another thing that can be used in an oil burner is simmering granules. These come in similar fragrances as the fragranced oils but you do not need to put water into the burner at all which saves the risk of spilling when you fill the dish part.

Some ideas of the fragrances available in granules are as follows:

Apple spice, Bombay musk, dragons blood, Nag champa, very berry, etc… these can be found in shops that sell candles and house hold smellies, the internet here.

You only need to use a tea spoon or two of the granules and they last for ages, giving a strong aroma throughout the house or workplace where ever they are being burnt. I would advise that you only use small amounts to start with (as when I burn granules I find I get a dry mouth but this may be just me). Once you have found the right amount for the strength of fragrance you require then you’re on your way to a fantastic smelling household or work place.

One more thing.

One more thing that’s available for oil burners are something called wax melts, these are great to for adding a different fragrance to you work area or home, they are fragrance pieces of wax that you place in the dish of an oil burner and light a candle no need for water. As the wax melts it releases the fragrance for you to enjoy, they are available in the same places I have already mentioned but some places only stock small selections. You can buy them in fragrance such as Lavender, midnight jasmine, old ginger, lemon harvest and many others. Click here for more fragrances.

Final words from me.

Good luck in your journey and have some fun with the different fragrances that are out there.

Oil burners : Part 1

oil burners

Oil burners are a great way to benefit from the healing properties of essential oils and fill your house with pleasing aromas. It has many uses – for healing, as an alternative to chemical-laden shop-bought air fresheners, as a room disinfectant in the case of colds and flu, as a room freshener, and to eliminate unpleasant odours.

With an increase in the use of aromatherapy and essential oils, oil burners have become very popular. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours, and materials, and can be purchased from health food stores, chemists, department stores, new age stores, and on the internet. The type of burner you choose comes down to personal preference.

Types of Oil burners.

You can get metal and ceramic oil burners. I have both at home but mainly use the metal one. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. I think as long as the bowl on top is quite large and is far enough away from the candle it doesn’t matter too much what the burner is made from.

Some oil burners have a removable bowl and others are all in one. I personally prefer the ones with a removable bowl so that you only have to take that part to the tap to fill with water rather than the whole burner plus it makes it easier to clean in between use.

If you don’t feel comfortable using candles especially if you have children or pets around, you can purchase an electric “burner” known as an Aroma-Stream, which works by blowing air through a pad which holds the essential oils. It also means that you can use it at night to help you get to sleep or if you are suffering from a blocked nose or cold. The downside to the electric “burners” is they are quite expensive to buy, uses electricity, and you have to buy replacement pads.

Once you have purchased your oil burner, you will also need some small tea-light candles. Make sure that these are unscented otherwise they may mask the smell of the essential oils when they are lit. You will also need some pure essential oils of your choice and a lighter or matches.

how to use your burner.

Fill the top bowl of the oil burner with water. Add 6 – 8 drops of essential oil to the water. If you have a small room use less drops than if you have a large room. Stand the wick up on the tea-light candle, light it, and place in the base of the oil burner. As soon as the candle starts to heat up the water above it, the essential oils in the water will start to evaporate and the aroma is diffused along with the water vapour into the room.

Don’t let the oil burner burn dry as this can cause ceramic and glass burners to crack. When the water and essential oils have evaporated, either put the candle out or refill with more water and add a few more drops of essential oils.

Types of Oils.

Lighter oils (top and middle notes), such as lemon and lavender diffuse quicker than thicker oils (base notes), such as sandalwood and rose. You may want to top up the oil after a little while to maintain the aroma.

Some safety precautions. Never leave a lit candle unattended. Ensure the oil burner is secure on a flat surface and out of the reach of children and pets when in use.

Oil Burner & Candle Safety Information

At Draco Supplies, we supply a large variety of candle holders, candles and oil burners. All of our products come with the standard safety warnings that we advise our customers to follow at all times. We have also put together the following safety information regarding the use of these products. If you have any further enquiries with regards to any of these products, please contact our friendly customer services team for more information.

The following information should always be followed when using a candle holder or oil burner product:

Never leave a burning candle unattended
Burn out of the reach of children and pets
Always place a burning candle/oil burner on a suitable surface away from flammable objects
Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer, do not blow them out. Never use water to extinguish a candle
Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on candles. Remove all packaging before use
Do not allow hot wax to come into contact with skin
Always use a standard tea light candle for all oil burner products
Please take care when moving an oil burner/ candle holder as these may get hot while in use. Leave sufficient time for the product to cool down
Always ensure the oil is diluted before using with an oil burner
Not all oil burners are suitable for wax melt products
Candles for hanging or outdoor use should be carefully secured at all times

Always make sure that you don’t let the oil burners burn dry, as they can crack leaving them un safe to use, as they may leak oil or wax once they have burnt dry. Always check for cracks and if you find any or the burner starts leaking when you first use make sure you blow candle out and dispose of the oil burner as it is not safe for use any more.

ALWAYS BE CAUTOUS WHEN USING CANDLES AND FOLLOW ANY AND ALL INSTRUCTIONS!

How to use lavender oil for sleep  

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There are a variety of ways that lavender essential can be used by us. Lavender is the king of all essential oils that probably is the best bet for you in every regard. You can use it as an aroma while you sleep to enhance deep sleep cycles which are proven scientifically as well. Scented candles of lavender can be ordered online here. Moreover there are many other ways to use Lavender oil. Some of them include:Aromatherapy Massage

Massage

You can use lavender essential oil from this complete collection here in order to relieve headache by massaging your temples with it. This reduces stress after a long day work and helps you in your sleep and general relaxation.

Aromatic diffuser

You can simply put some drops of lavender oil on a tissue paper and put it under the pillow before you sleep. This works as a diffuser putting out a fragrant smell that induces a better and deep sleep. You can order a bottle of lavender oil here where a complete set of essential oil is available.

Sleep Pillow

Apart from putting a tissue paper under your pillow you can order the pillow itself which has lavender fragrance to help you sleep and relax better. You can order the pillow here. This removes the hassle of using a dropper and tissue paper every night and therefore gives you the ease of just falling asleep whenever you want.

Aromatic therapy

This is the easiest way to put out lavender smell in your room before you sleep. There a couple of methods by which you can give lavender induced aroma in your bedroom either before sleeping or all throughout the day. You can add a few drops in a spray bottle to make an air freshener. You can also add a few drops on unscented candles to convert them into scent candles. However, you can also buy lavender scented intense sticks here which you can simply burn to get the required smell in the room.

Essential oils for relaxation and sleep

Essential Oils

Essential oils for relaxation and sleep

Essential aromatic oils have a lot of benefits. One of the best advantages out of many includes sleep inducement and relaxation therapy. There are a number of essential oils that help in relaxation and sleep therapy. There are a number of essential oils that help in sleeping and relaxation. The idea is to find the one that helps you and your body type to sleep and relax. Some of the oils that help in this regard are:

  1. Lavender

It is the king of all essential oils that probably is the best bet for you in every regard. You can use it as an aroma while you sleep to enhance deep sleep cycles which are proven scientifically as well. Scented candles of lavender can be ordered online here.

  1. Vetiver

 Vetiver essential oil is distilled from the roots of the plant. It helps in switching the brain off while sleeping. You can try mixing it with base oil which is lighter in nature. You can find vetiver oil here.

  1. Roman Chamomile

It is known to have relaxing and soothing agents. It has a peaceful smell which helps a good sleeping environment in the bedroom. You can order one yourself by clicking here.

  1. Ylang Ylang

It has a fruity smell which helps in bringing a deep sleep every night at your doorstep. You can order one yourself by  Here

  1. Bergamot

It has a citrus fruit scent base which has a stimulating effect with added feature of giving a calm effect. It adds the emotional balance to one’s sleep and therefore a must have in your closet. You can order bergamot here.

  1. Sandalwood

When it comes to relaxation and sleeping, there is no better essential oil than sandalwood. It has a rich woodsy aromatic therapy which is a touch expensive but a must have essential oil. You can order instant burn intense sandalwood sticks here.

Here are some of the best essentials oils for anxiety

There are a variety of ways that aromatherapy oils for stress can be utilized in our daily lives in order to distress ourselves. Here are some of the ways the essential oils work for distressing a person in his adolescence which is filled with work and student life anxiety.

How it works

Essential aromatherapy oils have a high percentage of plant essence which aromatizes in the air and into the bloodstream. According to a research it has healing compounds that reach the blood stream after 5 minutes of application through the nose or the skin.

How to apply

You can use a diffuser to spread the aroma in the room. Mixing it with warm face oil and applying on your forehead. You can also mix them with carrier oils and mix it with your body lotion. The best method is by adding a few drops with you enter the bath tub to get the best anti-anxiety formula for you.

Here are some of the best essentials oils for anxiety

Some of the best aromatherapy oils for stress relieving are:

  1. Clary Sage

This essential oil has a firm anti-depressant effect which helps women after highly stressful situations. This is also more powerful than lavender even. You can find Clary Sage essential oil here.

  1. Bergamot

It is has a fresh and uplifting effect as it is strong in citrus contents. A research carried out concluded those ten minutes of weekly inhaling this will lower heart rate and blood pressure reducing anxiety and stress overall. You can find this oil here.

  1. Angelica

Research says that this oil has a similar effect to an anti-depressant medicine known as diazepam. However, the aromatherapy oil has no side effect as it is totally natural.

  1. Lavender

This is the king of oils that help in reducing stress and anxiety. You can find all the varieties online at http://dracosupplies.co.uk/.

Essentials Oils and Aromatherapy Basics

There are a variety of ways that an essential oil can be used for the many benefits it gives out. The whole room or house can be filled with aromatic scents or use it for a massage which soothes your skin and muscles. It is the same smell that you get to notice the moment you enter into a chiropractor’s office.

How to use essential oils for Aromatherapy

You can add a few drops of oil in the water spray bottle and use it as an air freshener. You can also use a few drops on unscented candles before you light them up converting them into aromatherapy oil burners.

Some aromatherapy oils work best when applied directly onto the skin in form of a massage. You can use lavender essential oil from this complete collection here in order to relieve headache by massaging your temples with it. You can also use aromatherapy oils as air fresheners and odor repellant while cleaning objects in your house. You can use geranium aromatherapy oil found here which a great odor repellant is. The same geranium essential oil can dispense feet odor from shoes and socks once a few drops are left in it overnight.

Things to know about aromatherapy oils

Some aromatherapy oils have these basic properties:

  • Can be kept in the bottle for one to three years.
  • You can add a base oil to enhance their shelf life and use life as well.
  • You should keep your bottles like your medicine, in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight and children
  • If you keep it in a ready to use eye dropper bottle, do not tighten the cap too much.
  • Aromatherapy oil burners can be used for aromatic fragrance dispensing in your room as well as the house by simply keeping it in a corner.