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What is aromatherapy?  Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy that uses essential oils to improve one's health and psychological well-being. Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from the aromatic parts of herbs, flowers, trees, and grasses. Valued for thousands of years, they are totally natural substances that have the ability to positively influence the mind and body.

How are essential oils used?  Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they need to be used with care. Apply them by the drop. The general rule is to dilute them before using topically. They may be diluted in carrier oils, lotions, and hair care products, added to a bath, diffused in the air using an aroma lamp or diffuser, or added to water in a spray bottle. Select essential oils with similar properties and blend together to create your own unique aromas.

How long do they last?  Most essential oils will last approximately one to two years or more if properly stored. To preserve your oils, always store them tightly sealed in a dark cool place. Heat will cause the oils to evaporate and light can alter them chemically, reducing their effectiveness.  Citrus oils are an exception; they will start to oxidize after a year. They can be preserved longer with refrigeration or by adding Vitamin E. There are some oils, such as Patchouli, Vetiver, and Sandalwood, that only get better with age. 

What is steam distillation?  Steam distillation is the most common way to extract an essential oil.  The plant material is placed in the chamber of a still and subjected to concentrated steam; the steam passes through the aromatic capsules of the plant, causing them to release the essential oil.  The aromatic steam now carrying the essential oil droplets then passes through a tube surrounded by cold water which causes the steam to condense back into water.  Because of a difference in weight, the essential oil and distilled water separate and the oil is siphoned off.  The water collected after this process is referred to as a hydrosol or floral water.  The quality of the final product is dependent on the quality of the plant material and the distillation equipment used as well as the skill of the person distilling. 

What is cold pressed?  Typically employed on citruses, the essential oil is mechanically pressed out of the rind of the fruit.  This method is also known as "expression." 

What is an absolute?  The exquisite fragrance of some flowers is spoiled by the heat used in steam distillation, therefore other means of extraction are necessary.  An absolute is one of those means and is obtained by immersing the flowers in a solvent (usually hexane) which produces a waxy substance known as a concrete.  The solvent is then removed from the concrete resulting in a thick oil known as an absolute which contains the essential oil properties from the flowers.

Can I use essential oils internally?  No.  We never recommend internal use of essential oils.  Essential oils are very concentrated and therefore can be potentially toxic if taken internally.  Further, ingesting essential oils is very dangerous because some of the oils are skin and mucous membrane irritants.  Our oils are considered therapeutic and research indicates the concentrated nature of pure oils is more effective when used in a room diffuser or applied topically after diluting to 1%-3% in a carrier oil.

Can I use essential oils if I'm pregnant?  Yes, however you should do so with caution. It is suggested to avoid the use of essential oils during the first trimester, and then use only a 1% dilution (or less) for the duration of the pregnancy.  Oils that are suggested as safe are Geranium, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Neroli, Tangerine, and Ylang Ylang.

Are essential oils safe to use on children or the elderly?  Yes, but it is suggested that no more than 1% dilution be used due to children and elderly sensitivities.  Examples of oils which are typically regarded as safe to use on children or the elderly are Chamomile Roman, Lavender, Myrtle, Neroli, Petitgrain, and Rose. They can be diffused into a child's bedroom, added to the bath, or combined with a carrier oil or unscented lotion and massaged very gently into the skin.

Why isn't my bottle full?  We use a 15ml bottle into which we fill 10ml by volume. Why? Because we ship from a very cold state (MN) where the liquids often freeze in the bottles when they are shipped. Over the years (25 of them), we have eliminated most shipping damage as a result. We have also found that there is so much information to put on our labels that we needed the greater amount of space that the larger bottle offered us. 

Why not put 15ml and not 10ml into the bottles? Because we purchase our oils from the 4% of the market produced for their therapeutic quality as opposed to commercial use. Consequently, our oils can be very expensive. The price on 15ml would be higher than some customers can afford, and it is our mission to make high quality essential oils available to as many people as possible.

Unless your bottle has leaked during shipping, the level of oil in the bottle should appear to be just under the top of the label.  Contact us at 1-800-207-8538 if you have any further questions.

Where is Wyndmere Naturals located?  We are located at 3001 Louisiana Avenue N., New Hope, MN 55427.