Essential Info on Essential Oils
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. For body massages, we like to use fractionated coconut oil. We always recommend diluting with a carrier oil for topical use—100% pure essential oils are highly concentrated and their potency could cause irritation if applied undiluted to the skin.
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.
Tips for Essential Oil Safety
Generally, massage oils are around 1% to 5% dilutions—a 5% dilution usually means 15 drops of essential oil for every half ounce of carrier oil. The exact ratio for dilutions is up to your personal preference, but we recommend at least a 1:1 ratio for topical use. Because 100% pure essential oils are highly potent, they should always be diluted with carrier oils for topical use.
Some popular carrier oils include: fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil and grape seed oil.
Some citrus essential oils like lemon are phototoxic—meaning they can cause skin irritation with direct/extended sunlight. Because of this, it's best to avoid sun or UV light exposure after using citrus essential oils on the skin.
Although essential oils are widely used in the food industry, they are generally not recommended for internal consumption.
Always carefully read the ‘Cautions’ section on our product labels before use.