25 Fun Facts about Essential Oils

This is for beginners as well as advanced students of Essential Oils.

I hope you like the below Essential Oil facts. Essential Oils are so versatile and at the same time one needs to be cautious. If you have any concerns and/ or questions, let me know!

crazy love ~Katrin

feel free to check out my range of Essential Oils. They are phenomenel in quality and therapeutic properties. And let me tell you, I’m the most german and critical person when it comes to my oils! I visited the distiller in France and these are my first choice.

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Essential Oils. Why consider an Aromatherapist?

I recently became a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and a Student at the Aromahead Institute. Eye opening!

In the past couple of years I have been working with Essential Oils intensively. I use them for myself, in my family, I converted my entire house into a chemical-free zone by using only homemade cleaning products, I use the oils for cooking, in my body products, facial serums, sicknesses, muscle pain, menstrual cycle cramps & neausea, in my car and you name it. There is no halt for me anymore. I LOVE them. They are in every corner of my house and if every bag. I sometimes have them double and triple.

Essential Oil bag by Petal and Stem
Essential Oil Bag. Peppermint Print. This one and others are in every bag of mine. Holds 3 x 15ml bottles. $12.

I also contacted different Essential Oil companies to question statements and get more details. Some with success and others not so much. I have been reading studies about cure and danger of these potent friends. I have been getting questions like: “Are you promoting doTERRA oils because you keep on mentioning them”. I have to shuggle. Yes. doTERRA oils and many other companies. One of my latest favourites being Florihana a french distiller. My goal is to go all the way back to the distiller and cut all the middle men and MLM companies. Not completely as doTERRA has some great products (and I’m sure so does YL) but the prices are sometimes just way to high with YL or doTERRA to make them available for lower income folks.

As some of you know I started out with doTERRA Essential Oils as a friend introduced me to them but I never felt 100% comfortable introducing them to others before I haven’t tested them myself or did my “homework” especially when using them internally or with kids which often the MLM companies suggest.

I have gotten so sick and tired of all the pros and cons and reading negative and positive reviews while this world of Essential Oils is seemingly exploding into many directions. We have many companies popping up left and right. A single person would feel overhelmed and confused and one just doesn’t know what to believe and use anymore.

You really would like to believe your next door neighbor that YL or doTERRA are the best oils, you want to believe your best friend that you can make a lot of money with any of these MLM companies. “Yes it is hard work but so rewarding”.

But let’s face it; how many of the Wellness Advocates and Independent Product Consultants, especially when they start out after a short introduction from their neighbor, know that Peppermint and some varieties of Eucalyptus can be very dangerous for children and can cause seizures.

That YlangYlang could cause miscarriages.

That there is a pretty long list of oils which are phototoxic meaning when applied and exposed to sunlight imediatly after application it could cause “allergies” (severe redness-just like sunburn, swelling-edema, darkening of the skin and sometimes even blistering of the skin).

There is a big difference between steam distilled oils and cold pressed ones. Those oils should be bergaptene free in order to not be phototoxic….The list goes on.

So when you make your own potions and lotions stay away from phototoxic essential oils but if you are adding the oils into soap products, it will be fine. With products which you can shower/ wash off  you don’t pose a risk. Also if you have the right ratio you most likely will be fine. Be aware that the rations of those oils differ as well. Grapefruit: 24 dropz to 1 oz but Lemon only 12 drops to 1oz of carrier oil. Please make sure you inform yourself. A good start is Robert Tisserand’s book: Essential Oil Safety

Here is a list of oils which are phototoxic.

  • Angelica
  • Angelica root
  • Bergamot oil (if it is bergaptene-free oil it should/ will be called: Bergamot FCF. Bergaptene free bergamot oil is steam distilled. Stillpoint Aromatics offers this oil)
  • Cassia
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fig leaf
  • Grapefruit
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lovage
  • Bitter orange
  • Rue
  • Tagetes
  • Verbena

 

Citrus oils that are not phototoxic:

  • distilled Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine
  • distilled Lemon
  • Satsuma
  • Tangelo
  • Yuzu

ALWAYS ASK your supplier. You have the right to know.

So I could go on and on. All I want to really say is; that if you use high quality and potent oils, if you love them, if you can’t be without them (just like me) and if you don’t want any bad awakenings educate yourself. Really well. Maybe consult an Aromatherapist which has been certified by one of the many good schools. Here is a list of Aromatherapists in the US and Canada.

This post was not to scare you or bad mouth any companies as I’m using them myself but to bring some awareness. Essential Oils are medicine and should be treated as such. Just as you would not just take any Antibiotics if they were available over the counter.

Now I will get back to oiling, sniffing and creating!

Love & Hugs

Katrin

 

 

Essential Oils – How and Where to buy them?

In Theory you could just go to this site and buy my favorite Essential Oils. (Update 14 Dec. 2016: I’m using many other companies at this point as well).

However, I do think you should read on first and learn a bit more about Essential Oils if you are new to them.

Here I’m, writing my own blog about Essential Oils and how they have changed my life – 20 years ago, when I added my first drop to one of the ceramic diffusers with a clay top and a small candle at the bottom, I felt happy and joyful.

Essential Oil Diffuser

The smell of my oils did something almost magical to me. The apartment often smelled like a rose garden. With some lemon and orange trees in the corners of the garden.

Not knowing a lot about Essential Oils I assumed that this is as far as I can go. Diffuse them with a bit of water in my room. DANG – Was I wrong!

I ran into one of my friends at a Birthday Party for our little girls and mums seem to chat at these parties. A lot. (I think sometimes they have more fun than the kids). So I asked what she would be doing these days and one of the first things she mentioned was that she is working with Essential Oils. Well that caught my attention!

20 years later I’m not only diffusing them and here is my list:

  • I still diffuse them (nowadays I use modern devices like these Diffusers)
  • I use them topically
  • I use them internally
  • I use them for cooking
  • I use them with my children
  • I use them in the car
  • I use them in my laundry detergent
  • I use them in all my household cleaning products
  • My latest and most fun part is to use them in my new homemade cosmetics (I will write about some findings and recipes soon)
  • I use them in my gardening projects as well (critters)

So you are probably thinking one of a few things right now:

  1. She must be a lunatic (Yes!)
  2. Heck, this is just amazing. I would like to know more. I DID NOT know that I can use Essential Oils internally and for cooking and cosmetic etc. (Yep – I did not know either and this is how I started out-get more details on Wholesale pricing here)
  3. I did know but I don’t know where to get the SAFE essential oils which are 100% pure therapeutic grade meaning you CAN use them as described above. Send me a shout!
  4. I know but I would like to learn more in either a classroom setting or through webinars. Send me a note here)

Well any of the above is fantastic and I applaud you for putting your health first.

Please do your homework and make sure you are using the oils as recommended and make sure you are choosing pure therapeutic grade essential oils. What does that mean? Please read on and feel free to drop me a note either here or below in the comments field.

Things you want to look out for when buying Essential Oils… I love our local health food stores BUT I DO NOT buy my Essential Oils there. Reasons why I chose to buy my oils from doTERRA you can find here LINK but here are a few points what you need to look out for:

  • Don’t buy any Essential Oils which include words like fragrance, nature identical, perfume. These words indicate extremely poor quality. The supplier uses either synthetics (chemicals) or water as fillers. They are not safe to use topical or internal. It will also say that somewhere on the bottle in small letters.
  • Any oils you buy should come in dark glass containers. Especially when buying them online. A lot of essential oils (5ml and above mostly) are being shipped in plastic containers so they don’t break during shipping. Pure Essential Oils however can dissolve any plastic containers due to their potency. That should be a sign of poor quality and should ring your alarm bells.
  • Please watch out for any retailers & suppliers using the term “aromatherapy” for their own gain of sales.
  • Make sure to buy your essential oils from reputable sources, such as doTERRA, where you will find the Latin (botanical) name of the plant on the bottle itself. Make sure you source your information for the oils. E.g. Extraction method as well as Origin. Peppermint Essential Oil, doterra
  • If you seriously think about using Essential Oils like I do, make it a point and choose the right company. Do your homework. Look for indigenous plant sourcing (highest quality!) and harvest methods. Make it a priority to help farmers around the world through purchasing their Oils. You can make a change. Not only in your world but in a farmer’s life as well. Video: Sourcing Wintergreen Essential Oils
  • Price is important. Though it might not always be true but in most cases cheap oils will buy you Essential Oils from uneducated sources. Quality matches the price in most cases in this industry. Farmers are being paid fair wages, vendors are doing their homework to find the highest quality sources, elaborate testing (high fees) and educational information to the consumer are only a few things that increase the price of high quality oil.

So here is a simple easy way to start out: Contact me and I will set you up. You have options!

Become a Retail customer and purchase your Essential Oils as you need them.

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Become a Wellness Advocate and receive Wholesale pricing on everything you order (no minimums required)

You receive savings of 25% off every order

A FREE product of the month (I will explain how)

Shipping Rewards Program (Earn back any shipping)

An optional Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP)

A chance of building a business with Essential Oils if this is something you desire

You will have access to a lot of support, educational materials such as videos, talks, Product knowledge, Facebook groups

We have a Business Training program available as well. FREE.

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I’M NOT SURE AND NEED MORE INFORMATION PLEASE. NO PROBLEM!

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