AURA salt cave and wellness
6429 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY 14051
We offer Plant Therapy® essential oils (singles, synergies, roll-ons), KidSafe essential oils, body care items including carrier oils, lotions, creams, butters, aloe jellies, beard balm and beard oil for men, diffusers, carrying cases, gift sets and other miscellaneous items. Their blog has a lot of great information and can be found here.
AURA salt cave and wellness
6429 Transit Rd, E Amherst, NY 14051
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What are Essential Oils?
As defined by Plant Therapy®, an essential oil is a concentrated, volatile, aromatic liquid that is obtained from the fruits, seeds, flowers, bark, stems, roots, leaves or other parts of a plant. There are estimated to be 10,000 aromatic plants (i.e. that contain essential oils) on Earth, and about 500 of these are processed commercially for essential oil extraction. These oils have been used for centuries for both their healing and aromatic benefits.
The aroma and chemical make-up of essential oils can provide valuable therapeutic benefits. These psychological and physical benefits are usually achieved through methods such as inhalation and topical application of the diluted oil to the skin.
As careful as you may be when using essential oils, problems sometimes arise. The areas of potential concern are phototoxicity, sensitization and skin irritation.
We do NOT recommend ingesting essential oils without proper guidance. They should be used internally only on the advice of a qualified Aromatherapist, Aromatic Practitioner or Naturopath who has been professionally trained at an appropriate level in the use and administration of essential oils.
Please keep essential oils out of the reach of children and pets - they can be lethal if consumed, even in small quantities.
What is a Carrier Oil?
Carrier oil (also known as a fixed oil, base oil or vegetable oil) is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin. They are called a "carrier" oil because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. If applied to the skin undiluted, essential oils, absolutes, CO2s and other concentrated aromatics can cause severe irritation or reactions in some individuals. They can go rancid over time, but essential oils do not. Instead, essential oils "oxidize" and lose their therapeutic benefits.
Natural lotions, creams, body oils, bath oils, lip balms and other moisturizing skin care products are made using carrier oils. Some basic products only require a simple essential oil and carrier oil blend.
What is a Hydrosol?
Very simply, a hydrosol is the water that is distilled with an essential oil. When the steam from the distilled water passes through the plant material, it takes with it the volatile oils from the plant. The two travel through the tube at the top of the steam vessel (typically copper) and down through the condensing tube. Once the water and oil have separated, the essential oil is siphoned off the top and what you have left is the hydrosol.
A hydrosol, according to Suzanne Catty, is a chemistry term meaning “water solution.” Hydrosols are also known by a variety of other names such as hydrolats, hydrolates, floral waters or plant waters.
Catty goes on to say it is important to note that hydrosols are NOT simply distilled water with essential oils added to them. In this case, the two do not mix. Some of the water-soluble plant oils will combine with the water and impart therapeutic properties. This creates a much gentler, more diluted product which is generally safer to use than an essential oil.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy, in the truest sense of the word, is the use of 100 percent natural, whole, unadulterated, aromatic essences obtained from specific botanical sources by steam distillation or expression for the benefits of mind, body, and spiritual health. These essences may be pure essential oils, the non-water-soluble, volatile, aromatic compounds found in flowers, leaves, branches, seeds, roots, barks, resins, and fruits and obtained by gentle steam distillation. They may also be the expressed oils found in the rinds of citrus fruits like lemon, orange, bergamot, and grapefruit, which are gathered by squeezing the oil from the peel. Aromatherapy also involves the use of the nonvolatile fatty oils (carrier oils) found in avocados, sesame seeds, and exotics such as rose hips and hazelnuts. Last but not least, aromatherapy uses hydrosols, the aromatic waters coproduced during the steam distillation of essential oils.
(Catty, S. (2001). Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press)
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