What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is a liquid that is distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils contain highly concentrated levels of the plant itself, which can have an incredibly wide range of benefits—from stress reduction, to healing wounds, relieving discomfort or tension, preventing infection and many many more.
Are all Kesho oils organic?
Unfortunately not…yet! While all of our single oils are 100% Certified organic, our blends contain some oils that are not organic. We use Organic Oils where possible, but it is also within a means of keeping the products affordable, so this is something we will continuously working towards. All oils are 100% pure, ethically produced and are free from pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
How are the essential oils extracted?
Most of the oils are steam distilled.Citrus oils like orange, lemon, and grapefruit, use a cold press process to ensure maximum benefits.
Can I use essential oils while pregnant or nursing?
There can be many healing benefits to be had from essential oils during and following pregnancy. While many can be safe for use, we recommend that you always consult your health-care practitioner before introducing any new element into your pre- or postnatal care, including Kesho essential oils. It is usually okay to use citrus oils, such as tangerine and neroli, German camomile, common lavender, frankincense, black pepper, peppermint, ylang ylang, eucalyptus, bergamot, cypress, tea tree oil (not in labour), geranium, spearmint. We do have an Oil Blend especially for pregnant women.
Are Kesho essential oils safe for my kids?
Essential oils have long list of benefits that can be great for kids, but as a rule of thumb, we recommend you use them a bit differently.
Kids’ skin is different from adult skin, it’s thinner and more sensitive (and baby’s is also a lot thinner – do not use oils on babies under 3 months old), so if applying topically, you must always take extra care and dilute any essential oils in a high-quality carrier oil such as Jojoba Oil, Olive or or Coconut Oil. Rest assured, they’ll still get the same benefits. A great way to use Essential Oils around children is with an electric diffuser with children, so they can reap the benefits without risking a skin reaction.
Many oils should not be used on children at all, so you need to be very careful. A simple guide to remember for dilution is:
- For children 5-10 years – 2x adult dilution
- For children 2-5 years – 3x adult dilution
- For children 6 months – 2 years – 4x adult dilution
In general these oils are said to be safe for children: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Melaleuca-Tea Tree, Orange, Rose Otto, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Thyme, Ylang Ylang
And for safety, essential oils should always be kept out of reach of children (we know they smell lovely, but ingesting some types may be harmful).
We do have a Kids Set of Diluted Essential Oils especially for your little ones!
How should I store my essential oils?
Oils should be stored in a cool, dark place, and be sure to firmly seal them after use. Essential oils can last for many years when they are stored properly.
How do I use my Kesho essential oils?
There are many ways to use your essential oils. Follow the instructions on the product leaflet, or refer to our website for information on a specific product. However, in general, there are three main ways to enjoy them:
Essential oils are composed of tiny, microscopic molecules of the healing plants they come from. These molecules enter the sinus cavities through the air and pass through your membranes, entering the bloodstream near the brain. Some of these compounds have been found to cross the blood-brain barrier, potentially delivering their healing benefits straight to the brain. From there, they enter the blood stream and travel throughout the body to support whatever body systems seem out of balance.
To inhale essential oils, you can simply breathe deeply over the open bottle, or place a few drops in the palm of your hand and inhale.
One of the most popular ways to use these oils is appylying them directly onto the skin. But because of how incredibly potent they are, there are a few things to consider in order to be safe.
- Because of their small molecular size, our skin absorbs oils really well.
- Because of their water-soluble properties, an essential oil can travel to every cell in the body within a few minutes.
- Because of their high concentration levels, if too much oil is used (undiluted), skin sensitisation can occur. This is basically a skin allergy that results in an itchy rash. In severe cases it can lead to respiratory issues or possibly even anaphylactic shock. And the sensitisation to that particular oil is likely to remain permanent, even if you dilute it in future uses, and may also mean you discover sensitivities to other oils also.
What this all means is that Essential Oils almost ALWAYS need to be diluted when applying directly onto your skin. Diluting your oils prior to application means combing them with a carrier oil (such a Jojoba, Coconut, Olive, Grapeseed).
Many oils require a 2% dilution rate which means 2 drops of Essential Oil per 1 tsp (5mls) of carrier oil – this is a good rule to go by if your unsure.
Our oils all come with a user guide explaining these dilution levels, per oil, as they are all different. While some like Lavender and Tea Tree many people can use safely ‘neat’, there are many others like Ylang Ylang and Lemongrass that often cause a negative reaction.
If you are unsure, then always stick to the aromatherapy theory ‘less is more’.
Essential oils are also great to include in a massage lotion or oil, as massage will increase blood flow to the application site, in turn improving distribution throughout your body. Try bringing along your favourite essential oil to your next massage session!
This really is the most easy way to start using essential oils in your home. It’s safe, easy, makes your home smell great, and is an economical way to use your oils.
Adding a few drops of an oil, or a combination is also a great way to use the oils. You may for example choose oils to relive aches and pains/tension, or to relax and de-stress.