When it comes to essential oils, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. The type of oil you choose will depend on the effect you want to achieve—be it calming and relaxing, energizing and invigorating, or something else entirely.
But before you reach for those bottles, let’s look at some of the essential oil ingredients you should be aware of.
Carrier oils are just as important as essential oils when it comes to creating your perfect blend! They serve as a base for all your aromatherapy mixes and help dilute the essential oils so they don’t cause irritation and inflammation when applied topically. Common carrier oils include jojoba oil, almond oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil.
Absolutes are extracted from delicate flowers and other plant parts that can't handle steam distillation. Because of their complex extraction process, these tend to be pricier than other essential oils. Some examples of absolutes are rose absolute and jasmine absolute.
You may also come across synthetic or isolated fragrances in your search for the perfect blend. These are not truly “essential” oils but rather scents compounded in a lab using chemical compounds or isolates taken from natural sources.
Synthetics can provide cheaper alternatives but they won't offer any therapeutic benefits as true essential oils do.
That being said, some synthetics may be used responsibly in blends with other natural ingredients if safety precautions are taken into consideration (such as avoiding skin contact).
With so many different types of ingredients out there, it’s important to know which ones will suit your needs best!
- Carrier oils help dilute your aromatherapy blends safely;
- absolutes can add complexity;
- and synthetics/isolates come in handy if you’re looking for an affordable alternative that doesn’t have any therapeutic benefits like true essential oils do.
So remember: look before you blend!
Doing your research now will save you time (and money!) down the road when it comes to selecting the right ingredients for your aromatherapy concoctions.
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