Essential Oils FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is an Essential Oil?
A. Essential Oil, noun: “a volatile oil extracted from a plant, usually for it’s therapeutic properties and aromatic compounds.”
Essential oils, and the plants they are derived from have been a primary source of healing for thousands of years.
Today Essential Oils are still being utilized in the production of pharmaceuticals, healing products, food flavorings, perfumes, and aromatherapy.
Due to this fact, we encourage everyone to research each individual oil before use.
There is much information available on our site. Simply view an oil from our products page.
Listed in the product description, you will find information concerning common uses and the properties of that particular oil.
Please note that this information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not to be interpreted as medical advice, nor a replacement for medical advice.
Before use, consult with a medical practitioner that has been disciplined in the field aromatherapy.
Children, Elderly, Pregnant Women, Breastfeeding Women, and those with severe or uncommon health conditions should use extra caution and consult with their medical professional before use.
One of the most important and useful aspects of essential oils, is their antibacterial, fungicidal, and antiviral properties.
For general wellness, We find these three oils (and their counterparts) to be very important in the never ending battle against infections. (Never ingest any of these oils)
Cedarwood, Citronella, and Tea Tree are three of the most powerful in these categories.
Cedar in particularly famous for it’s use in construction, as it is naturally resistant to infection of fungus and molds. This resistance is due to the oils within the wood (Cedarwood essential oil), which the tree produces to fend off invasive bacterium and fungi.
Tea Tree (and cajeput) is another species of tree that produces similar properties. However, since these trees thrive in a different environment, they develop resistance to the bacterium and fungi that thrive in that same environment.
Citronella (and lemongrass) is a grass. The same concept that applies to cedarwood and tea tree applies here as well.
We have an amazing blend that combines these oils and others, with incredible results: Fungicide!
The next important property is Digestives:
Lemon, (or Grapefruit, or Orange), Anise Seed (or Star Anise), Peppermint (or Spearmint or Wintergreen) and Oregano (or Turmeric, or Thyme) or are particularly popular.
I won’t elaborate as much here, but each of these oils can be ingested in minute quantities to stimulate bile and digestive enzyme production, kill parasitic organisms, reduce acidity, reduce digestive inflammation, and stimulate the liver.
There is a reason why tea is often made with mint, and often with added citrus peel. Additionally, there’s reasons why certain spices became popular in our foods.
We have a blend called Digestion Plus.
Nearly all oils have properties that can be beneficial to our respiratory system.
Frankincense and Lavender are both mild on the skin, and have a very pleasant aroma. Both can be applied directly to the nose and ears. It will smell nice and really help with sinuses.
Cajeput, Camphor, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary are essential oils with higher camphor and eucalyptol content. (Never ingest Cajeput, Camphor, or Eucalyptus.)
These oils are excellent for URIs (upper respiratory infection), bronchial infections, and sinusitis. I most commonly use Cajeput, and I generally don’t advise camphor, as it doesn’t have many other therapeutic compounds besides the camphor itself. (The other oils already have camphor in it anyway, so why use plain camphor?)
Cajeput is of the same family as Tea Tree. Both are of the melaleuca genus, and share many similarities. They can be used interchangeably, if needed.
If you’ve ever used Vicks VapoRub, Tiger Balm, Icy Hot, or similar products, you should be familiar with the immediate effects these oils have, as they are the active ingredient in nearly all muscle rubs and all topical decongestants.
Also – There is a famous aromatherapy blend most commonly known as “Thieves Oil” that has a great story behind it. Due to a trademark on the term, us independent businesses have had to rename it. We decided to call our blend Bandit’s Blend.
True Dragon’s Blood is not an essential oil, nor a CO2 Extract, but a resin. Unfortunately, anyone selling a product called “Dragon’s Blood Essential Oil” is usually selling a synthetic fragrance.
Another product called “Dragon’s Blood” is actually a fatty carrier oil, such as olive, with ground Dragon’s Blood resin blended into it.
The only pure Dragon’s Blood in fluid form is liquid resin, a tree sap. This has a consistency closer to toothpaste and honey, than that of an oil.
The bad news is, we do not carry any Dragon’s Blood. The good news is that we plan to stock many quality resins before year’s end. The first three on the list are: Frankincense, Myrrh, and Dragon’s Blood.