Hello all! Hope you all have a wonderful week! A lot of the projects we’ll be doing in this blog use essential oils for aromatherapy and therapeutic actions, so I thought we’d probably do a quick introduction to essential oils and touch on some important safety factors. For those of you who are completely new to essential oils, they are the aromatic compounds that come from different parts of plants. It can come from the roots, leaves, stems, bark, flowers and other parts of plants. In nature, they help protect the plant and aid in the pollination process. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for a variety of health, wellness, and beauty benefits. Although essential oils used throughout history are not the same things we know as essential oils today, the concept is very similar. Essential oils are generally created using steam distillation (most essential oils), cold pressing (citrus oils), or solvent extracted (plants with low oil yields – rose, jasmine, etc.) using essential oils safely: 1. Always follow the dilution ratios Occasion. I will have a chart ready for you guys soon to help you figure out how much essential oil to use in your homemade bath and body products, please note that when I give you a recipe to try I will always let you know how much of an essential oil to use =) 2. Use only essential oils Pure – The use of impure oils can lead to adverse reactions on the skin. You can find a great brand of essential oils here. If this is your first time using a particular oil, do a skin patch test first. There are instructions on how to do this here 4. Keep essential oils out of the reach of children and pets. It is best to store it in a cool, dark place, preferably in a closed box or cupboard if you have children. Never use essential oils on the skin without a carrier oil, do not eat them, and please do not add them to your drinking water, these are the key safety guidelines for using essential oils safely and effectively. By following these steps, you will be on your way to making safe bath and body products with essential oils. EASY ESSENTIAL OIL PERFUME EASY ESSENTIAL OIL PERFUME 10ml Empty Roller Bottle Vegetable Oil of Your Choice – I like to use Fractionated Coconut Oil for this as it doesn’t smell like 12 drops Essential Oil(s) Favorite – One of my favorite combinations is lavender, sweet orange and vanilla for this, but you can Use any essential oils you prefer (please avoid using citrus oils such as lemon, lime, grapefruit and bergamot as they are phototoxic and can cause skin burns if placed in the sun). Directions: Add all essential oils to the empty roller bottle, top with vegetable oil, cap the bottle, and mix gently. To use, apply a small amount of pulse to your pulse points and refresh throughout the day as needed.