lavender and rosemary from the garden by Meraki Botanicals

What are essential oils & how do you use them?

Jennifer organic beauty

from “The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in their Vocabulary of Natural Materials (ISO/D1S9235.2) defines an essential oil as a product made by distillation with either water or steam or by mechanical processing of citrus rinds or by dry distillation of natural materials. Following the distillation, the essential oil is physically separated from the water phase.” The “water phase” then becomes hydrosol.

essential oils are the aromatic liquids contained inside the flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, & stems of a plant. they protect the plant and attract pollinators. have you ever eaten an orange & got a whiff of the peel? it’s strong and almost burns your nose. those are essential oils, being released from the peel as you bend it. you can see them release by bending the peel in some light.

essential oils are extracted through distillation or mechanical processing & are highly concentrated, containing all of the constituents of the plant they were extracted from. these naturally occurring, organic chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin or lungs. the benefits of essential oils can be antibacterial, anti-fungal, & anti-inflammatory, and can help to clear up skin issues, relieve pain, and stimulate hair growth.

since essential oils are so concentrated, you’ll want to use a carrier oil like jojoba, coconut, or grapeseed, if applying to skin. the ratio should be about six to ten drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. you can also diffuse them by rubbing a drop or two in your hands, cupping your hands over your nose, and breathing deeply or by using a household diffuser.

* place 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil on the bottom of your feet at night for peaceful sleep
* diffuse lemon essential oil in the morning to feel awake and refreshed
* add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to witch hazel for an acne fighting skin toner

every Meraki Botanicals product contains essential oils that will benefit wherever the product is meant to be applied…rosemary & mint in hair products to promote growth and thickness, rose geranium & lemongrass in the Oily Face Set to cleanse and brighten skin, and lavender in skin products to promote healing.

my favorite essential oils to use are lavender, rosemary, and bergamot. tell me yours & your favorite way to use them below!