Essential oils - quality and application

Aromatherapy: Quality of the oil is crucial

If you are looking for a special scent in the room air, you probably need a bottle of inexpensive (and almost always made in the laboratory) oil from the supermarket. In aromatherapy, however, quality - and that means 100% purity - plays a decisive role. To achieve that, the oil should be wholly obtained from a parent plant.

By distillation, pressing or extraction, the valuable flavorings are extracted, sometimes from the root, sometimes from the bark, blossom or leaf. All procedures are complex and expensive, which explains the high price. The synthetically produced duplicates by no means have the effectiveness of the originals - at most the fragrance.

Quality criteria for aroma oils

Unfortunately, there are currently no reliable quality criteria for essential oils. You have a certainty for the authenticity of your oil, if the following information can be seen:

  • The batch number, the Latin and the German botanical name should be mentioned on the bottle.
  • Country of origin and information on controlled biological cultivation or game cultivation must not be missing.
  • Synthetic, ie artificial additives, should be added under any circumstances, which can be risky especially for allergy sufferers.
  • Essential for the quality of an essential oil is the purity. To offer cheap, oil is often diluted. Maximum safety and thus guarantee of purity and naturalness are guaranteed by essential brand oils from the pharmacy or by well-known specialist dealers, who also have the appropriate expertise with regard to the application.

Try the oils beforehand to see if you like the fragrant essence.

Essential oils for beginners

Citrus fragrances are recommended as the starting point for a room scenting, which is perceived by most people to be pleasant with their fresh, fruity fragrance. In the beginning, it's best to use only a single scent, avoiding scents of too many essences. Always observe your well-being.

Aroma lamp or aroma device?

There are many possibilities for distributing the fragrant and healing essences in the room. The most well-known is certainly the use of a fragrance lamp: A tealight in this case a water-oil mixture is heated. The essential oil rises with the water vapor and spreads in the room. Usually, 3 to 5 drops of the oil and a little water are enough. Also, you should limit the time of application to 10 to a maximum of 20 minutes.

Instead, you can also use a special flavoring device. Such a device is much easier to use and, above all, safer, because the essential oils are not heated, but distributed through an adjustable air flow quickly and effectively in the room. Even before you consciously notice, the scent has filled the whole room.

Use and effect of essential oils

Essential oils are used by means of aroma devices or fragrance lamps especially for complaints in the area of ​​the respiratory organs or for an effect in the psycho-emotional area. Natural essential oils are versatile because they:

  • increase well-being, for example, induce sleep, stimulate, improve mood
  • act on respiratory illnesses such as cold, runny nose and cough
  • are suitable as a pure fragrance application, which improves the room atmosphere
  • work against annoying mosquitoes and insects, especially in the summer months

Examples:

  • Orange: refreshing and invigorating, therefore also effective against odors; conveys energy and joie de vivre.
  • Lavender: keeps away mosquitoes and other pest spirits; helps with stress and tension; strengthens self-confidence; has a balancing, soothing and mood-lifting effect.
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