Essential Oils Aren’t All The Same
When it comes to essential oils, the first rule of thumb is to ensure that they are pure, botanical based oils and not synthetic fragrance oils.
The price of essential oils varies greatly, depending on the type of plant that they were extracted from and the manufacturer that has produced them. Generally, judge the quality of the essential oil by the price. Quite often the cheaper the product, the more it has been diluted and contains synthetic ingredients.
When blending your essential oils, you will also need a carrier or messenger (as it was referred to anciently). This is an oil to add to or blend with your essential oils, otherwise they can be irritating if applied directly on their own to your skin.
Always use quality messenger oils such as jojoba, sweet almond, grape seed, apricot kernel or peach kernel oil. Whilst olive or vegetable oil are sometimes recommended, I personally find that these tend to ‘cling’ to the skin rather than be neatly absorbed.
The best ratio for mixing a massage oil blend is 3-5 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of messenger oil.
The benefits of essential oils for maintaining good health, relieving muscular aches and pains, relieving stress and overcoming cold, flu and sinus problems should not be ignored.