Feb 042014
 
What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a practice of using natural oils, extracted from various parts of plants: bark, flowers, leaves, roots, stems. These natural oils, whether essential oils, carrier oils, absolutes, hydrolates, are then, alone or in various combinations with each other, used as enhancers of both psychological and physical well being. Natural oils are used in skin care products, body care products (massage), fragrance and products used in our homes (diffusers, air-sprays, …).

Essential Oils in Aromatherapy

By far, the most used natural oils in aromatherapy are essential oils. Extracted, usually via steam distillation, from various parts of plants, they have been in use for thousands of years. Essential oils are used in skin care products due to their anti-aging, rejuvenating, anti-bacterial properties, to name just a few. Essential oils can be found in moisturizers, eye creams, exfoliators. Used for massage therapy, essential oils are diluted with vegetable/carrier oils due to their concentration and for easier penetration into the skin. Widely used in fragrance, essential oils are also mixed with carrier oils, giving a natural scent.

Carrier oils/Vegetable Oils in Aromatherapy

Carrier oils/vegetable oils are extracted from various parts of the plants, and used alone or mixed with essential oils and hydrolates, for example. Carrier oils are used in variety of the products from skin care, body care to hair care.

Absolutes in Aromatherapy

These fragrant oils are extracted, usually through supercritical fluid or solvent, from flowers or other delicate parts of the plants. The absolutes are then diluted and mixed with carrier oils and other essential oils. Most famous and widely used absolute is rose absolute.

Hydrolates

Hydrolates (herbal distillates, hydrosols, flower waters) are by-products of essential oils production via steam distillation. They usually consist of about 10% of the essential oils they were by-produced from (for example: rose hydrolate, chamomile hydrolate, …). They are used in skin care, mainly as toners, as well as fragrance and as air-sprays for home fragrance. Hydrolates are also used for culinary purposes (flavoring).

Butters

Body butters are solid or semi-solid in their consistency ingredients. They are produced via extraction of various parts of the plants: seeds, trees and roots. Body butters have been used for centuries, all over the world, due to their nourishing properties. They are widely used in cosmetic products, as well as in culinary. Mostly used body butters are shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut butter/oil. They can be mixed with carrier oils/vegetable oils and essential oils.

 

Where to buy aromatherapy products?

 

Akoma Skincare UK {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, clays, black soap)

Aromantic UK {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, hydrolates, body butters)

Holland&Barrett UK {Shipping: International)
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, body butters)

Naturally Thinking UK {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, hydrolates, clays)

Neal’s Yard Remedies UK {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils)

100% Pure Essential Oils USA {Shipping: USA, Canada}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils)

Africa Imports USA {Shipping: International}
Products (body butters, carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils)

Aura Cacia USA {Shipping: USA}
Products (essential oils, essential oil blends, carrier oils/vegetable oils)

Bio Source Naturals USA {Shipping: USA}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, hydrolates)

Bramble Berry USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, body butters)

Camden – Grey USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, body butters)

Essential Wholesale USA {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, hydrolates)

EO USA {Shipping: USA}
Products (essential oils)

e-Vitamins USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, body butters, hydrolates)

iHerb USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, body butters, hydrolates)

Lotion Crafter USA {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, hydrolates)

Making Cosmetics USA {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, hydrolates, body butters)

SunRose Aromatics USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils/vegetable oils, hydrolates, body butters)

Out of Africa USA {Shipping: USA}
Products (body butters, carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils)

Wholesale Supplies Plus USA {Shipping: International}
Products (essential oils, carrier oils7vegetable oils, hydrolates, body butters)

N – Essentials Australia {Shipping: International}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, hydrolates, clays}

Go Native New Zealand {Shipping: New Zealand}
Products (carrier oils/vegetable oils, essential oils, body butters, hydrolates, clays, herbs}

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