Australian Organic Essential Oils

Posted by | Aromatherapy & Essential Oils | Monday 29 June 2009 10:54 pm
Australian Organic Essential oils and plant extracts are inputs to a range of products including aromatherapy, food flavours, pharmaceutical goods and household goods. They include tea tree oils, citrus oils, spearmint, peppermint, lavender, chamomile, carrot seed, eucalyptus oil….. and many thousands more. Essential oils are exclusively made from botanical matter, so any synthetic fragrance oils derived from toxic coal and tar which are chemical recreations of scents are completely fake, and will never replace the therapeutic effects of the botanical derived essential oils.

Australia’s diverse climate and unique flora provide opportunities for new crop development and agricultural diversification. Increasing consumer interest, and a wide and growing range of applications in commercial industries has led to strong growth in world demand for these commodities. Essential oils have been extracted from over 3000 plants, of which 200 to 300 are commonly traded on world markets.

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When applying essential oils, it is important to remember that the majority of the oils are extremely strong and should be applied neat (undiluted) to the skin. “Normal dilution” is between 1.0% to 2.5%, ie, 15 drops of the essential oil or synergistic blend to one ounce of carrier oil (Carrier oils are massage oils typically made from nuts and seeds – apricot kernel, grapeseed and jojoba are all good blending oils). Exceptions can be made for lavender and tea tree, which are considered safe to apply directly to the skin. However extreme care must be taken during application and discontinued immediately if an allergic reaction is triggered.

The aromatherapeutic effects of essential oils can be administered in different ways, depending on the oil and the effect. Skin absorption is one of the most common methods – a dilute blend of essential oils and carrier oils are massaged into the skin, which absorbs the active ingredient of the essential oil into the bloodstream. Or for a skin treatment add 3 to 5 drops to moistened clay, honey, mashed avocado, egg white, etc.

Inhalation of steam containing vaporized essential oils is often a very effective way to treat respiratory complaints such as sinus and bronchial problems. Simply add 5 to 7 drops to a bowl of steaming hot water, put a ‘towel tent’ over the head to capture the steam. Close your eyes and inhale until water cools or until you stop smelling the oil to help enhance your mood and stabilize your breathing.

We are so blessed in Australia to be surrounded with such an abundant of plant life to provide us with such a unique source of essential oils.

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