We will try and show in this therapeutic essential oils guide how to treat your oils with respect and care
Essential oils can be damaged by ultraviolet light and deteriorate more rapidly at the blue end of the spectrum than the red. Therefore, using amber-colored bottles are the best when shoring your oils, however most of the good essential oil companies such Doterra essential oils understand the importance of shoring their oils currently and supply the products in the appropriate bottles.
Another concern regarding the storage of essential oils is extreme temperatures. Essential oils are highly volatile which means that they evaporate rapidly. Always replace the caps immediately and ensure that the tops are tightly closed when the oils are not in use.
I have to say that this has not been a problem for my wife or I, but essential oils last for approximately three years from the bottling date. In excellent storage conditions (i.e. amber bottles in a cool place with no air space) they will keep for about five years. Citrus oils tend to have a shorter shelf-life due to their high proportion of terpenes in those oils. Also, absolutes and resins which thicken even more with age and the smell of the solvent becomes more noticeable.
Therapeutic essential oils guide to blends
Once essential oils have been diluted in a carrier oil and made into a blend, the shelf-life is reduced dramatically. For maximum benefit use freshly made-up blends. A blend will keep for about three to six months if it is stored in an amber-colored bottle in a cool place away from sunlight. If wheatgerm oil is added then the shelf-life is approximately six to nine months. If the smell alters and the vegetable oil becomes rancid then you should definitely discard it.
Essential oils uses guide to the dos and don’ts of buying and storing your oils
- Clear glass or plastic bottles do not contain therapeutic grade essential oils. Always buy oils in amber-colored bottles or better still buy your oils from a reliable company such as Doterra.
- Find out how old your essential oils are? When were they bottled?
- Do not leave your oils in direct sunlight
- Are your essential oils all the same price? If they are, then you are definitely not purchasing therapeutic grade essential oils. For instance, therapeutic grade essential oils of rose will be far more expensive then lavender or rosemary.
- Have the essential oils been diluted with any carrier oils? If so, when were they blended?
- Have the essential oils been adulterated with synthetic materials or bulking agents? If so they are not therapeutic grade essential oils.
- Does your essential oil distributor mostly sale perfume? If so, it is a tell tell sign to look for a therapeutic grade essential oils specialist.
- Does your supplier know about the essential oils?
- If blends are being sold, is there a qualified aromatherapist or a therapeutic grade essential oils specialist on the staff?
- Has the distributor been recommended to you?
- How long has the therapeutic grade essential oils specialist firm been established? In the case of Doterra essential oils they have been trading since 2008.
- Never leave bottled therapeutic grade essential oils standing on plastic, polished or painted surfaces which can be damaged by the chemical constituents.
- Always store therapeutic grade essential oils away from the naked flame.
- Store therapeutic grade essential oils away from your homeopathic medications which may be antidoted by the more powerful aromas.
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