Product Related Questions
What is an essential oil?
Essential Oils (Aromatherapy Oils) are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. The purest essential oils come from carefully cultivated and wild grown plants from climatic and geographic regions throughout the world.
What is a carrier oil?
Carrier oils are also referred to as vegetable oils and base oils. They have extensive applications in Aromatherapy because they are used to dilute Essential Oils or absolutes for application. They are also used in the manufacturing of cold-process soaps and for massage by Licensed Massage Therapists. Each Carrier Oil has different properties and the choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought.
Are your oils organic?
All of our oils are 100% pure and natural, of therapeutic grade and free from any chemicals or pesticides. Although all of our products are of premium quality, not all of the oils are certified organics. We have now added an Organic line of Essential Oils and Carrier Oils that are accompanied by authentic certificates of organic production under strict supervision by internationally recognized certifying bodies. Additionally my supplier is in the process of acquiring their own Certification as an Organic Processing Facility and remain committed to supplying true organics at reasonable prices.
What are the different methods of extraction?
Steam Distillation: The most common process of extracting an essential oil is by distillation, a process that isolates the aromatic, volatile element of the plant with steam.
Cold Pressed: Expression or cold pressing, is used primarily for citrus fruits like orange and lemon, where the essential oil is obtained in tiny pockets in the peel or rind. Oils extracted by cold pressing are the most volatile of essential oils and can evaporate quickly when exposed to air.
Solvent Extraction: Flowers too delicate to be processed with heat or pressure are soaked in a spirit of solvent that extracts the volatile elements. The solvent is then evaporated at high temperatures, leaving only the most fragrant constituents behind. This process produces what is called an "absolute".
CO2 Extraction: The CO2 extraction method yields a greater number of aromatic compounds than any other distillation process. In certain conditions at a low temperature Carbon Dioxide or CO2 can be pressurized to become a liquid. This liquid then acts as a solvent and is used to extract the oil from plants. After extraction is completed, the extraction vessel is brought back to normal temperature and the CO2 rapidly converts to gas leaving behind a high quality oil that is free of solvents.
What are the different ways to use essential oils?
There are many ways that essential oils can be used:
Massages: Massage is one of the most beneficial methods of using essential oils because it combines the therapeutic powers of the essential oil with the benefits of touch therapy.
Inhalation: Inhalation is one of the quickest ways to experience the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. This method is highly beneficial for helping respiratory ailments. Persons with asthma or epilepsy should avoid inhaling essential oil.
Baths: Adding essential oils to a hot, soothing bath can create a relaxing and therapeutic experience.
Essential Oil Diffuser: Diffusers and Aromatherapy go hand-in-hand. Adding essential oils to a diffuser effectively introduces the therapeutic properties and fragrance to any environment.
Compress: Compresses are an effective way to apply essential oils directly to areas where they are needed the most.
How do you know the products you carry are pure, 100% Natural and Free of Chemicals and Pesticides?
My supplier has direct buying relationships with ethical producers around the world for nearly 20 years. Their buyers regularly visit their facilities, and have the products tested by credible third party laboratories. They have now purchased their own Gas Chromatograph Machine to set up a sophisticated laboratory on site enabling them to better protect and evaluate our quality. JenSing Aromatherapy continues to improve in this area and is committed to selling you the best quality therapeutic Essential Oils and Raw Materials at market leading prices.
WHAT IS THE TRUE DEFINITION OF THERAPEUTIC GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS
Although no government or regulatory agency has defined the term, "Therapeutic Grade" means there has been verification of the correct species when the seed was planted, the purity and manner of cultivation (no chemicals or nearby pollution, etc.), the proper time of harvest to optimize the healing properties in the oil, the proper manner of distillation to capture all of the therapeutic compounds, the right chemical composition as determined by sophisticated laboratory tests, and the purity of the packaging–i.e. nothing added, nothing taken away, stored in light-protected containers (amber or blue bottles) of glass, ceramic, Teflon, or stainless steel, and kept in a suitable environment of appropriate temperatures. All of this is taken into account with all Essential Oils from JenSing Aromatherapy.
Can your oils be ingested?
Our Essential and Carrier Oils are pure, and in many cases, food grade. However, we do NOT recommend the ingestion of essential oils. They are highly concentrated and have the capacity to cause serious damage if used internally without the necessary expertise required in administering it. This is supported by the International Federation of aroma therapists that does not recommend ingestion of essential oils unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical aromatherapy as practiced in France.
How is it that you sometimes carry more than one variety of an oil?
A good example is Lavender Essential Oil. There are over 35 varieties that grow around the world. In such cases, we try to carry a high grade, a medium grade and a low grade to suit the various requirements of our customers. Low grades are usually used in blends and in natural cosmetics, while the more therapeutic grades are preferred by Licensed Massage Therapists and Aroma Therapists.
Why are most essential oils not to be used directly on the skin?
Many essential oils can cause irritation to the skin. They should be blended in a carrier (vegetable) oil before being applied to the skin. Only Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils can be applied directly to the skin, or ‘neat’.
What does Phototoxic mean?
Most Citrus essential oils are considered to be phototoxic. This means that when applied to the skin prior to sunlight exposure, they can increase skin pigmentation. Oils that should be avoided approximately six hours before prolonged sunlight exposure include bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, orange and mandarin. They should not be used at all while taking phototoxic medications, as any direct sunlight on the skin could trigger the possibility of a medical emergency.
Why should certain oils be avoided during pregnancy?
Certain essentials oils are considered too powerful for use during pregnancy as they may stimulate the production of certain hormones, and can encourage bleeding. Please consult your physician or a reputable aroma therapist before using any essential oil. Some essential oils to refrain from using throughout pregnancy include: Ajowan, Basil, Camphor, Cederwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Hyssop, Juniper Berry, Marjoram, Rose Geranium, Rosemary and Thyme to name a few.
What is the difference between an essential oil and a fragrant oil?
Essential oils essences are expressed directly from plants or plant parts and are all natural, whereas fragrant oils are manufactured in a lab from different aromatic chemicals.
How do I store my essential oils once I have purchased them?
It is recommended that oils should be stored between 0 and 20 degrees Celsius (room temperature) and out of direct sunlight. Refrigeration after opening is optimal.
What carrier oil do you use for 3% dilutions?Jojoba Golden carrier oil. So it will be 97% of carrier oil and 3% of the real E.O.