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FAQs on Essential Oils

Click for info pages on Essential Oils - tips, usage, applications, origins etc.

Are your Essential Oils Pure & Therapeutic?

Yes! The Essential Oil Company Ltd. has selected only the finest sources of essential oils to guarantee purity, we have been supplying industry since 1993. All our products are 100% pure, unadulterated, undiluted and wholly derived from named botanical species and known countries of origin. We also source from local growers & distillers in Hampshire wherever possible. Therapeutic and/or Clinical Grade are marketing terms coined by some companies to imply that their oils are superior. If the oil is 100% pure it is going to be therapeutic by nature if it's from the species and origins recommended for use in clinical aromatherapy and if it's grown and distilled correctly. Our essential oils are analysed and tested using the following methods and performed by an independent laboratory:-

1. Gas Chromatography 2. Specific Gravity 3. Optical Rotation 4. Refractive Index
5. Organoleptic

All oils are batch numbered for direct traceability to source. It is important to note that essential oils are prone to variations due to geographic location, altitude, climate, season, methods of farming and wild or clonal changes. Should you be dissatisfied with our products in any way, please let us know within 7 days of receipt and return the product in original packaging for a complete refund.

Have a look at our Testimonials Page and also Reviews on our Facebook Page

Can I just add Essential Oils straight into the bath?

Answer: No. We advise that you dilute in a full fat milk or foam bath base so that the oils are dispersed through the water. This prevents droplets of oil forming which can cause sensitivity on the skin.

How many drops do I add to the bath?

Answer: For adults we recommend 4-6 drops of either one or combination of essential oils.
For children 2-3 drops.

Can I use essential oils neat on the skin?

Answer: No - but there are exceptions. You can use lavender, plai, ravensara and tea tree neat on the skin. If you get any allergic reaction wash off immediately.

How do I use Essential Oils for massage?

Answer: Dilute in a "carrier oil base" by adding drops of pure essential oil to a vegetable, fruit or nut oil such as almond, coconut or grapeseed. Do not use mineral oil such as baby oil or anything containing petrochemicals as this will prevent the oils going into the bloodstream.

How many drops of oil do I use?

Answer: for Adults use 2 drops per teaspoon (5ml) of carrier oil. Or another way to calculate is divide the amount of base oil (mls) you are using by 2 and add that many drops of pure essential oil. Eg 30ml base oil = 15 drops. This is the adult dose for body massage for face/hair or children please halve this amount.

Can I use Essential Oils during pregnancy?

Answer: We do not recommend using essential oils during pregnancy except where the alternative would be pharmaceuticals.

How often can I apply Essential Oils?

Answer: if you have a blend of oils for stress, pain relief for topical application then you can apply liberally as required say, 3 or 4 times a day. If any allergic reaction occurs then cease use and wash skin, milk helps to take away any irritation - soak a cotton pad in milk and wipe off to ease irritation.

FAQs on Epsom Salts

Can I take Epsom Salts internally?

Answer: Our epsom salts are all high quality food/pharmaceutical grade and you can take them internally as advised by your medical practitioner. We sell them as bath salts - and as such do not give advice as to dosage etc.

How much should I used in the bath?!

Answer: Use approximately 200g (7 oz) or two large handfuls and dissolve in running warm-hot water.

Can I add bubble bath with the Epsom Salts?

Answer: adding any kind of foaming product or soaps will inhibit the absorption of the magnesium and reduce the ability of the sulphate to draw toxins through the skin from the body. We recommend you cover as much of your body as possible with the Epsom Salts dissolved in the water, and soak for 20 minutes. After that you can shampoo, soap etc. If you require an aroma, you can always add a few drops of your favourite essential oil (diluted in full fat milk make it disperse) or use one of our pre-blended aromatherapy Epsom Salts.

Do Epsom Salts dry your skin and leave a residue the way sea salt does?

Answer: No. Epsom Salts actually soften skin, and it rinses away completely and is especially good in hard water areas.

Can I put Epsom Salts in a hot tub or jacuzzi?

Answer: Please consult the manufacturers.

I have a medical condition, can I use Epsom Salts?

Answer: Please consult your doctor. Epsom Salts are contra-indicated for those with kidney disease and pregnancy - for other medical conditions or for those undergoing chemotherapy please seek medical advise.

Is it safe for my child to have Epsom Salt baths?

Answer: Yes, put approx 100g or 2 handfuls (their size hands) in the bath. Epsom Salts can help calm children down before bedtime and also boost the body with much needed magnesium.

How often can I bathe in Epsom Salts?

Answer: If you are going through particularly stressful time then we recommend 2-3 times a week.

FAQs on Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)

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Can I take VCO internally?

Answer: Yes "Dr. Coconut" Bruce Fife and other experts recommend taking to 3.5 tablespoons (UK equivalent 3 dessertspoons) per day when using as a spread, in cooking and eating raw and in smoothies etc. If you have never taken coconut oil before, we recommend that on day 1 you take 1 teaspoon in the morning and if no adverse effects* then 2 teaspoons day 2 (you can stagger this 1 teaspoon in the morning then 1 around 4pm if you get an energy low), then listen to your body and build up to levels that suit your body up to what works for you. Coconut Oil taken in the morning will help boost your metabolism and increase energy levels.

Ensure you are taking a good quality certified organic VCO which is unbleached, unhydrogenated and unrefined - choose 100% pure!

Coconut Oil is a saturated fat - I thought saturated fats were bad for you?

Animal saturated fats such as those found in meats work very differently in the body than the saturated fat from the coconut, which is a fruit. Coconut fat is made up of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) which get converted directly by the liver into energy and NOT stored as fat in the body. Because coconut also has antibacterial qualities too it is very heart healthy (more and more research is proving that cardiac disease is often caused by low grade bacterial infections and even if you are prone to gum disease this can be dangerous for your heart. Hence the recommendation to floss everyday)

Used by many sports nutritionists VCO helps boost metabolism and thyroid. VCO also helps to balance blood sugars and therefore reduces cravings for sugary/carbohydrate laden foods. Studies are also showing it is great for the brain too! Also as VCO is extremely good for the bowel and IBS you may find that your stomach area is much reduced!

Will VCO increase my cholesterol levels?

Answer: No. VCO is cholesterol free.

Does coconut oil need to be kept in the fridge?

Answer: No. Coconut oil is often used in cosmetics and other foods to lengthen shelf life and has a long shelf life - the expiry date is printed on the tub. Virgin Coconut Oil is the least susceptible to oxidation than any other plant oils.

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