Are Your Essential Oils FDA Approved?

The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. Products, information, and descriptions presented here are for educational purposes only and reflect the traditional uses of essential oils. No essential oil product is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of these formulas, products, or oils. Do not use information presented here as a substitute for the medical counseling of a qualified health practitioner. 

What is an Essential Oil?

Essential oils are highly concentrated compounds extracted from plants, obtained either through distillation, or mechanical methods such as cold-pressing. Each oil captures the plant’s “essence,” retaining its particular smell, flavor, and biological compounds. These molecules are readily absorbed into the lungs and skin, providing a variety of benefits that are as unique as the plant they came from.

Unless otherwise noted, our essential oils are not diluted or altered in any way. To learn more about carrier oils, please check out the section below, dedicated to the topic!

What are Essential Oils Used For?

Essential oils are versatile products with a wide variety of applications. Each oil contains unique compounds and use will vary widely from oil to oil. 

Molecules from essential oils stimulate the human limbic system and can activate an array of mental and health benefits. They are absorbed through the lungs or diluted with a carrier oil for direct application to the skin.  

Essential oils are also commonly used as cleaning agents, bug repellants, or fragrances in personal care items. 

To learn more about essential oils and how to use them, we recommend researching the individual oil to understand its specific use cases, benefits, and risks. 

Are Essential Oils Safe?

Essential oils are safe when used correctly and according to the specific instructions and safety data provided. Keep in mind essential oils are highly concentrated and potent compounds, and it is important to always research an oil before use. 

Never ingest essential oils or allow them to come into contact with the eyes or mucus membranes. In the event that eye contact occurs, wash out the eyes with olive oil or another vegetable oil. Do not use water.

To avoid skin irritation or allergic reaction, always do a patch test before applying a new oil topically. To patch test, place one drop of oil on the back of your wrist and leave for an hour or more. If irritation or redness occurs, wash the area with olive oil followed by cold water, and do not proceed to apply the essential oil directly to the skin.

If you have underlying health issues and would like to use essential oils, consult with a licensed health care practitioner first.

Are Essential Oils Safe for Pregnancy?

Very few studies have been done to test the efficacy and safety of essential oils during pregnancy. Therefore, we recommend avoiding exposure to essential oils, especially during the first trimester. Any dosage later in pregnancy should be reduced by half. Should you choose to use essential oils during pregnancy, consult with a qualified health care practitioner, first.

What is a Hydrosol?

Hydrosols are the natural waters produced by the essential oil distillation process. They contain the water-soluble compounds of plant extraction, including flowers, leaves, bark, stems, needles, and other plant matter. This gives hydrosols a milder and more herbal aroma than pure essential oils. 

Hydrosols have similar properties to essential oils but are much less concentrated, often having less than 5% essential oil content. This gentle concentration level makes hydrosols ideal for babies, children, the eldery, and those who are sensitive to essential oils.

Can I Ingest Essential Oils?

Essential oils contain highly concentrated compounds and are meant for external use only. Do not ingest essential oils unless under the direct supervision of a qualified health care practitioner.

What is a Carrier Oil?

A carrier oil is a plant-based oil used to dilute essential oils before topical application. Carrier oils reduce the risk of skin irritation by “carrying” potent compounds without interfering with the intrinsic properties of pure essential oils.

Some common carrier oils include: 

  • Coconut 
  • Jojoba 
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Sweet Almond 
  • Olive 
  • Argan
  • Rosehip 
  • Black Seed
  • Grape Seed 
  • Avocado
  • Sunflower

To learn more about carrier oils and how to use them, we recommend researching the individual oil to understand its specific use cases, benefits, and risks.

Should I Use Different Carrier Oils for Different Purposes?

Like essential oils, carrier oils are derived from plants and retain their unique smell, consistency, and biological composition. When selecting a carrier oil, you will want to consider many factors, including its odor, shelf life, and nutrient content. You may find that one carrier oil suits all of your needs, or that you would benefit from different carrier oils for different purposes.

What is a Diffuser?

An oil diffuser is a device used to disperse essential oil molecules into the air for aromatherapy. The diffuser breaks down highly concentrated compounds into smaller molecules, and releases the particles into the surrounding air at a comfortable concentration level. Oil diffusers are one of the fastest and easiest ways to experience the benefits of essential oils.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using aromatic plant extracts to promote better physical and mental health. Small doses of essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs or skin. These molecules then stimulate the limbic system, which interacts with both physiological and psychological functions of the body. The therapeutic effect achieved will depend on the essential oil(s) used, application method, and dosage. 

To learn more about essential oils and how to use them, we recommend researching the individual oil to understand its specific use cases, benefits, and risks.