Lotus Aroma Essential Oil
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.
Lotus Aroma's Essential Oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile aromatic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. They are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue. Most essential oil blend well with other essential oils in terms of function and odor, which allows herbalists to prepare a vast repertoire of aromatic essential oil combinations.
In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.
Using essential oils
Most essential oils are quite strong in nature and can cause side effects if they are not taken in an appropriate manner and dose. Furthermore, their individual benefits are variable, so you should consult a medical practitioner before using these oils, either internally or topically.
There are five ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils, depending on their nature, dosage and desired effect:
Diffusion in the air: This is the easiest method, but it requires the use of an air diffuser that allows micro-diffusion or one with a diffusion temperature between 35° and 60° C. Temperatures higher than 100° C must be avoided as they accelerate the oxidation and alter the properties of essential oils. Do not let the air diffuser on more than ten minutes per hour. Lotus Aroma offers a Perfume Diffuser that works well in any bedroom.
Inhalation: Simply add a few drops of essential oils to a bowl of warm water and inhale the vapors while wearing a towel over the head. You can also perform a dry inhalation by putting a few drops on a clean handkerchief through which you breathe deeply.
Transcutaneously (massage or bath): Few essential oils can be applied undiluted on the skin. Essential oils that are rich in phenols are particularly aggressive and must be diluted in vegetable oil. As essential oils are not water soluble, a dispersing agent (milk, eggs, alcohol...) must be used in a bath. For Lotus Aroma essential oils, use the NEUTRA family (bath & shower gel, massage oil and gel) as dispersing agent.
Orally: This is undoubtedly the most effective method. However it is potentially dangerous, as many essential oils are toxic, especially those that contain ketones and lactones. Therefore, we do not recommend it.
Rectally (suppositories): This is the best method for children and infants or people with sensitive digestive mucosa. Another advantage over oral administration is the fact that absorption through the anal veins bypasses the liver. That being said, we do not recommend it.