Our harvests from southern France and other parts of the world can be visited so that you can be assured of the natural environments and methods of extraction.
The quality and wholeness of any essential oil used in aromatherapy practice is of paramount importance irrespective of the cost, whereas when essential oils are used in flavours and fragrances the taste and the aroma respectively are the most important considerations. For the food and perfume industries essential oils may need to be adjusted or changed to suit the particular need of the purchaser or vendor. Therapeutic essential oils come from living plants and possess a living synergy. Synthetic materials, which look and smell the same as an essential oil, cannot replicate this synergy.
Farming methods employed for growing therapeutic essential oil producing plants for aromatherapy should be free of pesticides, artificial fertiliser, located away from main roads and grown in countries with suitable weather conditions. Many factors influence the growth – the amount of sun and rain, the soil condition, the height above sea level, the nearer the sun, the cleaner the air and the more energy is absorbed by the plant.
Often non-therapeutic essential oils are redistilled because they need to be “standardised”. They are also often clarified or rectified. This, while being the norm for perfumery, obviously interferes with the “whole oil” and can interfere with the properties of the oil. Oils for aromatherapy must be whole and unadulterated as this reduces the possibility of skin reactions or side effects. These oils are what we would call theraeputic grade essential oils.
The ultimate value of the therapeutic essential oils used is totally dependent on the quality of the live plants, the way the oils are extracted, and the way they are handled after extraction. High standards that focus on product purity are critically important. The best therapeutic essential oils come from wild, naturally farmed or organically grown plants. Quality oils will always be priced according to the value and rarity of the particular oil, and will never be lumped into one price point based on bottle size.
It should be mentioned that pesticides are not usually distilled because the molecules are not volatile – they are too large. This is obviously important in the case of expressed oils when the pesticides could enter the oil – all citrus fruits should be organically grown to avoid this. Fertilisers that make the plant grow are often not used in poorer areas because the farmers cannot afford them. In some cases, there is no point in making the plant larger as the volume of essential oils produced can remain the same.
All of the Penny Price range of therapeutic essential oils are either organically grown or naturally farmed. The term ‘naturally farmed’ means that the field in which the plants are grown, the environment in which they develop, and the plants themselves are unaffected by pollution, fertilisers, pesticides or any other interferant. To gain an organic certificate for a crop, many farmers in many countries have to pay the government to inspect the field. Since they often do not have the resources to do this (and it is obvious that the oil is organic), the oils are marketed as naturally farmed. These are the oils Penny Price Aromatherapy prefers to buy. The company supports farmers who are diligent in their profession. We believe that to support such people will lead to equality in trade. We hope that you too are happy to support these struggling farmers.
Tested and Certified
Our therapeutic essential oils are laboratory tested with gas chromatography and certified to be true. When these oils are used, the quality is evident in the full vitality of the fragrance.
Safety of Essential Oils
The information below should be read carefully to ensure that essential oils are used safely and correctly to avoid any adverse reactions. The information relates to essential oils available from Penny Price Aromatherapy, who cannot accept liability for the use of essential oils from other companies.
Essential Oil Uses
Aromatherapy uses essential oils which are extracted from plants, flowers, fruits herbs and trees. These essential oils are very powerful and they need to be used with extreme caution. Here are a few home-care tips that you may find useful but we strongly advise that you consult a fully qualified and registered Aromatherapist who will be able to advise you on the safe methods of use.
Amounts to use
- Bath: 4-6 drops, preferably in a carrier lotion or detergent base
- Massage: 4-6 drops in 10-15mls of carrier oil
- Vaporiser: 4-6 drops following manufacturer instructions implicitly
- Babies up to the age of 2 years:
- Bath: 1-2 drops, preferably diluted first in a small amount of white
- lotion or detergent base
- Massage: 2 drops in 10mls carrier oil or lotion
Children aged 2 to 12 years:
- Bath: 2-3 drops of essential oil preferably diluted in white lotion
- or detergent base
- Massage: 2-4 drops in 10ml carrier oil or lotion
All essential oils are best avoided during the first months of pregnancy. After the third or fourth months, there are many oils and products that can be used in aromatherapy treatments that can be effective. If in doubt, consult a qualified therapist.
Allow the water to run into the bath before adding your chosen essential oils. Use 6-8 drops of essential oils to 1tsps full fat milk or carrier oil and swish the water to disperse for 2 minutes, and inhale the aroma of the oils whilst they are absorbed into the skin.
Shampoos and Bath Foams
Create your own blend of Aromatherapy shampoos and bath foams. Use 100mls of Shampoo Base or Bath Foam Base add 30 drops of your chosen blend of essential oils.
Neat essential oils may be inhaled directly from a tissue or on a pillow at night use 4-6 drops. They can be used as an inhalation from hot water, using 3 or 4 drops, though this must be avoided by asthmatics. Do not inhale directly from the bottle.
Pottery Oil Burners
A versatile way of effectively using essential oils is a room vaporiser. Add 4-6 drops of the essential oil of your choice to the water in the top bowl. The heat of the night light will result in the subtle release of the aromatic oils which can induce states of relaxation, stimulation etc.
Only the finest quality carrier oils that are produced from the first pressing are used at our school. These can be massaged directly on the skin and they can also have essential oils added to them. To 50mls of carrier oil add no more than 15 drops of essential oils.
We have a full range of vegetable based creams to which essential oils can be added for several effects. These can be developed into facial products or topical creams. Do not add more than 15 drops of essential oil to 50mls of cream.
These beautiful natural hydrolats obtained directly from the essential oil distillation can be used safely for children and the elderly. They are versatile, effective and make ideal facial products. There are no contra-indications to true waters of distillation.
- Keep essential oils out of the reach of children
- Never remove a fixed dropper from a bottle of essential oil (to prevent spillage and accidental ingestion)
- Do not apply neat essential oil to the skin without consulting a qualified therapist. Some essential oils are PHOTOTOXIC and should never be used neat.
- Do not assume that an essential oil has the same properties as the plant from which it is extracted.
- Do not ingest essential oils without specific, professional advice
- Do not use more than the recommended doses as stated above remember less is sometimes more!
In Case of Accident
- If essential oil is splashed in the eyes dab gently with olive oil or another good quality carrier oil on cotton wool. WATER DOES NOT REMOVE OIL FROM THE EYE
- Remove neat essential oil from the hands by washing thoroughly with mild detergent to prevent transference to other parts of the body.
- If essential oil is ingested in quantity, you must seek immediate medical assistance.
- If a person shows signs of illness after consuming a few drops of oil, this may be an idiosyncratic, allergic reaction seek immediate medical assistance.