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Safety rules while working with essential oils

We deeply care about everyone who wishes to create own products with essential oils, so unless it is properly diluted with carrying oil (sweet almond, coconut oils, shea butter) in the correct proportion - please read below our safety tips:

Do not apply essential oils to eyesDo test on a small area for two -three days before application on a larger areaDo not take internally unless you have consulted with a certified specialistPeople with multiple chemical sensitivities or who have had allergic reaction to perfumes should proceed cautiously with essential oils. (Tisserand and Young p.658)Cancer treatment: Because of possible and unpredictable effects on immune mechanisms, Robert Tisserand recommends that essential oils are avoided from one week before to one month following a course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. (Tisserand and Young p.656). Rhiannon Lewis suggests using oils through inhalers to manage nausea and anxiety during chemotherapy or radiotherapy.Epileptics: The following e…
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Extraction Methods to produce the essential oils

There are various ways to extract the oil, below we look at some of those options.

⇿ By pressing ,used in extracting oil from peels (Lemon Essential Oil)

⇿ Distillation in the stream of water. In the ratio of 1:4 the raw material is distilled in a water vapour , the volatile oils are then transmitted through the pipes under pressure of heating water. The distillation process is the most commonly used to produce the essential oils to date.

⇿ Extraction with solvents, such as petroleum, benzene, acetone, toluene. Such method is particularly used to produce oil from flowers, for example rose, acacia, which are dissolved under high temperatures in the solvent. This method is very expensive and takes a lot of time to produce.

⇿ By maceration or extraction from concentrated solutions.

Cold pressed vs Expeller pressed
Cold pressed oil is produced without using a heat, and therefore retains its nutrients, the oil remain in solid state under 120F as with virgin coconut oil.
Expeller pressed oil…

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Arnica Oil for Bruising , Muscle Ache and Sprains

Arnica oil has been used for thousand years as a method to prevent and ease off muscle pains as well as a natural treatment for bruises.
Made of Arnica Montana or Arnica Chamissonis plants, by extracting the oil through distillation process of the flowers.
There are clinical research trials that suggested a positive effect on the application while comparing to the placebo. **
The care must be taken to use this product externally should you have any allergies, or sensitivity to the similar products, you might want to consult a doctors. Arnica oil is not recommended to pregnant or breastfeeding women.
As a part of post, we have reviewed the Arnica Massage Oil by Weleda. £14.95

Used once in the evening on a clean skin into the desired area.
Massage a small amount of oil in circular motions until oil is absorbed.
Used paper tissues to remove excess.

Verdict - BUY 9/10

Smell - flowery, herbal 5/10

Velocity - medium, 5/10

Absorption - gradually slow, use dry tissue to pat 5/10
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Birch Oil is a Natural Anti-Cellulite Treatment

Birch Oil by Weleda, does it help to firm up a skin?
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Birch oil consists of salicylic acid, methyl salicytate, betulene and betuneol. These components are essential of using Birch oil as disinfect, anticeptic, germicide as it successfully helps to treat bacteria, fungal infections.
The birch leaf extract used to distil into the oil has also received positive outcome for minimising the cellulite cells.**

The chemical composition
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