Essential oils offer boundless versatility and can be used in a number of ways to enrich the quality of life. From aromatherapy and massage to personal care and household applications, they can serve as wonderful additions to any home or lifestyle. Essential oils are intended for aromatherapy and, in some cases, for external use.
Lemongrass Oil Profile
- Aroma - Strong, lemon-like
- Mixes well with - Citrus Oils, Geranium, Marjoram, Thyme
- Benefits - Purifying, stimulating, cleansing
Essential Oil Uses
Diffusion provides continuous distribution of the oil's scents and active constituents, making it easy to absorb them within the body. The nerve fibers of the olfactory cavity do not pass through the brain's switching station, and are therefore immediately recognized by the limbic system. Diffusion is an effective and noninvasive way to reap the benefits of essential oils.
Certain oils can be applied to the skin, though it is very important to use caution when doing so. 100% essential oils are highly concentrated and need to be diluted for safe, topical use. Almond and Jojoba are two of the most popular carrier oils and are ideal for diluting. For more information on topical applications, we suggest consulting an aromatherapist or a credible aromatherapy book such as the one listed below.
Adding just a few drops of Lavender, Chamomile, Eucalyptus or other essential oils to a warm bath is a wonderful way to unwind after a long, stressful day. As with all highly concentrated essential oils, be cautious when allowing any essential oil to come into contact with the skin, as some may cause skin irritation or discomfort. They can make your tub slippery too, so watch your step.
Some essential oils can be complementary to your favorite cosmetic and personal care products. These include soaps and body wash, shampoos and conditioners, moisturizing lotions and creams, and many others. Always make sure, however, that the oil you are working with is appropriate for topical use.
Using essential oils properly requires the right mix of knowledge and responsibility. Since most are highly concentrated, it is very important to use caution before allowing an oil to come into contact with the skin to avoid irritation. Never consume or apply any essential oil directly on the skin without first learning whether or not the oil in question is appropriate, and if so, how to do it safely.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are essential oils? Essential Oils are the naturally occurring volatile oils obtained by steam distillation or cold pressing (expression), having the characteristic aroma of the plant part from which it was derived. These pure oils are "neat", meaning they have not been processed, diluted or manipulated in any way with solvents or other additives. Although a particular species of plant harvested and distilled for its essential oil during a particular growing season in a specific region may produce a fragrance that differs from the same species grown in a different region, many of the main chemical markers and physical specifications may be very similar. NOW's citrus fruit essential oils are 100% cold pressed. Other essential oils are typically 100% steam distilled. Do essential oils have a grading system to tell me which is better? There is no official grading system that grades essential oils as A, B, C or Therapeutic grade. All NOW pure essential oils are accurately labeled as such and are the highest purity and quality available. Are NOW essential oils pure or do they have anything added to them? All NOW essential oils are labeled as such. Natural Essential Oils by their very nature will vary slightly from season to season. We allow nature to take its course and do not add isolated compounds to the oil to try to standardize the naturally occurring variations of a particular oil. NOW takes both the organoleptic (sight, smell and taste) and chemical properties into account when selecting and testing their essential oils. What are NOW's criteria for testing essential oils? NOW's Quality Assurance and Quality Control departments adhere to specifications used by the Essential Oils and Flavor Industry and published in The Essential Oils by Guenther, as well as Fenaroli's Handbook of Flavor Ingredients. These texts, as well as other sources of scientific information, detail specific physical and chemical properties of a particular oil. A partial list of the components that they analyze include Specific Gravity, Refractive Index, Optical Rotation, Flash Point, Infrared Absorption (as published in FCC), Solubility, Taste/Odor, Color/Appearance, Heavy Metals and Predominant Active Chemical Components. NOW's in-house laboratory employs state-of-the-art analytical equipment that allows them to perform highly specialized analyses, such as Gas Chromatography and Infrared Spectrometry. They use their own analysis results to confirm specification sheet results and certificates of analyses received from 3rd party outside laboratories and vendors. As always, when it comes to Essential Oils, individual practitioners and consumers will decide for themselves which variety of a flower or leaf produces the essential oil that best suits their particular need. With NOW pure essential oils, you can be assured that you have the real thing. NOW Foods is committed to offering the purest and most potent natural Essential Oils available. My family and I have been using Cassia essential oil topically on our feet. Is this OK since your bottle says "Not for Topical use"? Skin irritation is possible with many essential oils, including Cassia or Cinnamon. Though many people do use our oils in a variety of ways, due to the powerful nature of steam distilled pure essential oils we label these products with cautions and suggest that you consult an aromatherapist or health professional for proper use. There are many good reference books on using essential oils safely. These pure oils are of the highest quality, undiluted and unadulterated. They are appropriate for any use where these concentrated oils are indicated, either for aromatherapy or with significant dilution per an appropriate recipe for aromatherapy or massage oil blends.