Essential oils are referred to an undiluted aquaphobic liquid containing effervescent aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also called ethereal oils, volatile oils or aether Olea.
It can also be regarded as an elementary kind of oil which can only be real or original only when it is isolated by physical means. It can be used efficiently by diluting them with a carrier oil such as apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil before it is applied to the skin for absorption.
An essential oil can be inhaled carefully as it has therapeutic properties which can be absorbed by the lungs and into the bloodstream for the benefit of the body.
It can be extracted using the following process
· Solvent extraction
· Absolute oil extraction
· Resin tapping
· Cold pressing
It is used in the production of perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, adding scents to incense, household cleaning products, flavoring food and drinks e t c.
It can be used in the following ways
Bathing - few drops of essential oils can be added to your bath water, it gets into the body by the process of absorption by the skin.
Compressing – it can be diluted with carrier oil or water and applied directly to the skin or for dressing wounds.
Massaging – it can be used to massage the body by diluting it with a carrier oil before application.
Gargle – it can be used to soothe your sore throat by adding it to water, mix and gargle the mixture and spit it out. Do NOT swallow it; an example of such is tea tree essential oil.
Essential oils can also be used for cleaning types of equipment or general cleaning at home such as
Clean air – enjoy the wholesome anti – microbial properties of essential oil by dispelling cinnamon essential oil in the air.
Natural mosquito repellent – make a natural bug spray by mixing a teaspoon of coconut oil with a drop each of citronella oil, lemon grass oil and eucalyptus oil rubbing it on your skin before going to bed.
All purpose cleaner – disinfect your countertops naturally by spraying a mixture of warm water with three drops of lemon oil and tea tree oil each.
Remove algae from shower curtains - this can be done by mixing warm water with four drops each of eucalyptus essential oil and tea tree oil into a spray bottle and spray it on you shower curtains to kill mold naturally.
Natural sunscreen – spray your body with a natural toxin free sunscreen by mixing coconut oil, zinc oxide, shea butter, lavender, helichrysum essential oil into a squeeze bottle and store in a cool place after each use.
Amazing smell for your home – let your visitors speak of the wonderful smell of your home by disbursing the mixture of clove, orange and rosemary essential oils in your home.
Vacuum cleaner – reduce the bad smell emanating from your vacuum bag or dust container or dust bin by adding few drops of any of your favorite essential oil to the bottom of the container after each disposal.
Cleaning burnt pans – remove burnt food from your pots and pans effortlessly by mixing few drops of lemon oil with some boiling water and using it to wash your pots or pans.
i Bathtub scrub – make your bath tub and sinks squeaky clean by mixing 1 ½ cup of baking soda with 1 ½ cup of vinegar and 5 drops of lime oil or bergamot and using it to scrub your bathtub and sink.
j Purify fridge – mix few drops of lime or bergamot or grapefruit oil to the water used to rinse your fridge or freezer after washing to freshen it up.
Bathroom fresheners – make your toilet and bathroom smell nice by soaking a cotton ball in lime or lemon essential oil and placing it in your toilet or a corner in your bathroom for a fresh and nice smell.
Carpet cleaner – make your carpet clean by mixing 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax powder for a homemade carpet powder.
Christmas scent – feel Christmas in your home or surrounding by adding a chop of pine, sandalwood or cedarwood oil to a fire log before burning it.
Remove mold – kill mold and other pathogens in the air by adding tea tree oil to your dispeller.
Pest killer – kill pests around your surrounding when they come in contact with this scent. Mix clove oil and orange essential oil and spray it around.
Clean kitchen smell – eliminate cooking odors from your kitchen fast by adding drops of citrus, cinnamon or clove essential oil to a simmering pan of water.
Eliminate stench from shoes - you can get rid of your shoe smell by mixing few drops of tea tree oil to lemon oil and using the mixture to clean your shoes.
Removal of smoke – you can eliminate the smoke from cigarette from your house by mixing four drops each of tea tree oil, rosemary oil and eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle and diffuse it in your house.
Lavender cake – enjoy the delicious bite of cake by mixing coconut flour with organic eggs, lavender essential oil and honey then bake at 350 degrees.
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