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How to Use Essential Oils

Aroma Pacific

Posted on September 09 2018




 The complete file to know everything about essential oils and learn to use them well  : definition, explanation of the different modes of use, precautions for use.

From the earliest times, Egyptians used essential oils to preserve their dead through embalming, but also fumigation during religious rituals, to perfume or for their healing power. When it came to healing, the preparations and methods of use of that time were not much different from today.

However, it must be remembered that aromatherapy is a medicine in its own right and that essential oils are composed of very powerful aromatic molecules. It is therefore advisable to respect the recommended methods of use, dosages and precautions for use in order to avoid any risk. You will thus be able to benefit from the various and varied benefits that the essential oils bring you as well on the body as on the mind. !

Main Features

The essential oil , the most powerful and evolved extract of the vegetable kingdom, is present in so - called "aromatic" plants. It is obtained in most cases by distillation by steam distillation of volatile aromatic compounds of the plant, except the citrus essences which are obtained by simple cold expression of the bark of the fruit. The composition of active biochemical molecules both very rich and complex, and very variable depending on the essential oil considered, will determine the multiple properties and activities of it on the body. 

Aspect Odour assets Solubility retention
Liquid more or less fluid or viscous , or pasty, touch volatile and penetrating, non-greasy Powerful, aromatic Aromatic compounds : terpenes, terpenols, phenols, aldehydes, esters, ketones, oxides ...

  • Very good: many years
  • Low sensitivity to oxidation : variable according to the essential oil, mainly concerns citrus essences.
  • Close the bottle well.
  • Store away from air and light in an amber glass bottle.
Not soluble in water   Soluble in oil   Soluble in alcohol



The modes of use of the essential oils are varied and numerous . The best way to use these for the desired effect or purpose is to find the best way . It is also necessary to take into account their composition and the condition of the person who uses them (age, state of health, pregnancy ...). For use in cosmetics, the essential oils, very dilute, will have a local action , while for use in aromatherapy, they may have a local action and / or systemic , more general. You must know that essential oils, lipophilic and therefore easily crossing the different skin layers, enter our body before reaching the bloodstream and the ill organ if this is the case.

In addition to their usefulness on health , the essential oils can be used simply to perfume or clean the atmosphere , for your beauty and your well-being, but also to season your dishes or to enter the manufacture of products for the maintenance of your house.

Summary of the different modes of use:

The methods of use of essential oils are very diverse. However each essential oil can have one or more modes of use more adapted according to its composition and its properties. You will find the following pictograms associated with the most appropriate usage tips in each of our data sheets for a better use of essential oils.

  Cutaneous application and massage:
Use diluted in an oily support.
  Cosmetic active ingredient:
Can be added in some of your "home" cosmetics when cold, at the end of preparation, up to 2% for a "face" treatment or 5% for a "body" treatment.
  Aromatic bath:
Mixture in a compulsory dispersant.
  Atmospheric diffusion:
Using a suitable diffuser or fogger or on a fabric or roller.



As a cosmetic active and to perfume your products

They are incorporated as cosmetic active ingredients in your slimming, anti-aging, purifying, soothing, cicatrizing ... treatments. Some are also more suitable for certain types of skin or hair.

>> Added to a vegetable oil , an emulsion (cream, milk), a mask, a shower gel, a balm, a shampoo, the essential oils are incorporated preferably cold, at the end of preparation . 
>> In aqueous gels and lotions , essential oils must first be added to a dispersant , such as Soluble or Disper .

add about 0.1 to 2% of essential oil in the care of the face and 0.5 to 5% in body care.


In aromatic bath

Today, the aromatic bath is a moment of well-being par excellence! It is a simple and effective technique for keeping fit, relaxing, warming up, relaxing or relieving muscles and joints. When incorporated into the bath, essential oils offer all their benefits by a double action of the cutaneous way and the respiratory way . 

Dosage : we advise you to put between 10 and 15 drops of essential oils in the bathtub or your bucket. For this, it is necessary that they are mixed beforehand with adispersant such as solubol (1 drop of essential oil for 4 drops of solubol) because they are not soluble in water. 
You can also pour a few drops of essential oils on the sea salt or Epsom salt before adding them in hot water (35 to 37 ° C) of the tub. However, nothing prevents you from a cooler bath to activate blood circulation. 
Another idea for solubilizing essential oils is to achieve aaromatic bath oil by mixing 10% of essential oils and 90% of sulfated castor oil or 1 to 10% of essential oils mixed with Gelissucre . Then dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons of one of these mixtures in the water of your bath.