What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from various parts of a wide range of natural, aromatic plants. These parts include flowers, fruits, leaves and resins. These extracts are mostly produced through either steam distillation or cold pressing.
All Ten Leaves essential oils are guaranteed 100% pure, vegan, sustainable and completely all-natural.
The Basic Uses of Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used in many different ways. Here are some examples.
Skincare: Blend your favorite essential oils with a carrier oil to apply to your face and/or body. For facial skin care, we’ve found jojoba oil and grape seed oil both work very well as carrier oils. We always recommend diluting with a carrier oil when using essential oils for skincare.
Ultrasonic Diffusers: Fill your ultrasonic diffuser up to the indicated line with mineral water or purified/filtered water. Tap water also works, but can cause calcium build up and other complications over time. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (or create your own blend) to a sufficient amount of water. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Terracotta Diffusers: Place a few drops of your favorite essential oils on the surface of your terracotta diffuser disk or pendant. Wait until the essential oil looks completely absorbed to move the diffuser disk or pendant. Terracotta diffusers will slowly release the essential oil’s aroma for an extended period of time.
How to Use Essential Oils Safely
100% pure essential oils are highly potent. This means they should always be diluted with carrier oils when used for skincare or massages.
Generally, essential oils are used with carrier oils in 1% to 5% dilutions for massages. A 5% dilution usually means 15 drops of essential oil for every 1/2 ounce of carrier oil.
Some of the most popular carrier oils include: fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil and grape seed oil. We personally recommend fractionated coconut oil for massages.
Are Essential Oils Safe?
Short answer: yes!
However, certain citrus essential oils like lemon are phototoxic—meaning they can irritate the skin with direct/extended exposure to sunlight. Because of this, it's best to avoid sun or UV light exposure after applying citrus essential oils to your skin.
Although essential oils are widely used in the food industry, they're generally not recommended for internal consumption.
Always carefully read the ‘Cautions’ section on our product labels before use.