Storing Handling And Using Essential Oils
by Hillside Herbal Products Pty. Ltd.Storing essential oils:
Many Essential Oils are flammable and/or act as strong solvents. Eucalyptus Oil
for example can be used to remove glue from old stickers or to strip
Essential Oils are best stored in amber glass bottles with a tight lid. It is
also advisable to fit bottles that don't have a dripolator (orifice reducer)
with a child proof cap for safety reasons.
Sun light (UV) and high temperatures are the main enemies of essential oils.
Amber glass bottles offer good protection from UV. Essential Oil containers are
best kept in a dark cool place with temperature fluctuations kept to a minimum.
Keep essential oils safely locked away from children at all times.
Stored at low temperatures, some oils will tend to solidify. This is no cause
for alarm as they will turn liquid again once they reach room or in some cases
body temperature. Most likely to solidify are the absolutes, vanilla, rose otto
Under good conditions essential oils can be stored for periods of 6 months to
several years. Some oils like myrrh, sandalwood, frankincense and patchouli
will even improve or "mature" with age, very similar to a good wine.
The shortest shelf life have all citrus oils with grapefruit generally being
the first to deteriorate. Once these oils start to turn cloudy or smell rancid
they should be disposed of.
Handling and using essential oils:
When taking essential oils from the bottle, avoid contaminating the oil. Don't
touch the top of the bottle or the inside of the lid. If you are using pipettes
to transfer the oils, try to obtain disposable ones that you can throw away
after use. Never use the same pipette for different oils. Used pipettes can
also be stored for a short time in clip-seal plastic bags to use again
Avoid contact of essential oils with the skin as they can cause irritation.
Using latex gloves and wearing protective glasses is recommended when handling
Essential oils must never be used internally. For application
to the skin, dilute the essential oil with a good quality carrier oil e.g.
jojoba, almond or olive oil. 3% essential oil with 97% carrier oil is a safe
Diffusers and oil lamps need only 2-3 drops of essential oil to scent a room
for many hours. The cup on the oil lamp should be 3/4 filled with clean water
and then add the 2-3 drops of essential oil. Only then light the candle in the
burner. Remember some essential oils are highly flammable, so be careful when
using an essential oil lamp.
Observe these points and you will get a lot of enjoyment out of your essential
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