- Organic & Wildcrafted Essential Oils
- Skin Care
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A: Essential oils are safe natural alternatives when used with wisdom and moderation. It's important to understand that essential oils are very concentrated and they should be measured in drops. If by accident you apply too much here's what you can do:
1. If you've applied an essential oil and it feels hot on the skin or is burning:
Flood the area with a carrier oil (extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, any fatty oil of your preference). Wipe the essential oil off the best you can with that carrier oil. Repeat if necessary. If you ever apply an essential oil and it becomes hot on the skin then you can apply a carrier oil to the area and wipe off the essential oil, leave some carrier oil on over the area. This helps to slow the absorption of the essential oil and will stop the heat and burning. Repeat this a couple times if necessary.
2. If you have used too much and you start to feel sick:
Applying too much oil can lead to flu like symptoms: headache, nausea, generally not feeling well. Using too much oil can also trigger a detoxification in the body. If this happens drink lots of water and eat something. It usually takes your body about 90 minutes to metabolize off the more part of the excessive load. If you are not feeling better after roughly 2 hours consult your healthcare practitioner.
3. If someone has accidentally ingested a large amount of essential oil:
If someone has accidentally ingested a large amount of essential oils (like 10 to 20 drops [1 ml] or more), and they are not feeling well consult your healthcare practitioner immediately.
Q: What happens if I apply an essential oil and it becomes hot on my skin?
A: If you ever apply an essential oil and it becomes hot on the skin you would apply a carrier oil to the area and wipe off the essential oil. Apply more carrier oil to the area and leave it on. This helps to slow the absorption of the essential oil and will stop the heat and burning. Repeat this a couple times if necessary.
Q: Can a person react to pure essential oils?
A: Yes. If you are allergic or sensitive to a plant, fruit, or herb you may be allergic or sensitive to the essential oil of that plant. Please be responsible for not using essential oils that you are allergic or sensitive to. If you suspect an allergy or sensitivity please patch test the oil before use. To do a patch test take the essential oil in question and dilute it in a carrier oil at least 50%. Take one drop of the diluted oil and place it in your armpit, or in the crook of your arm by the elbow. Watch this area for 24 hours to make sure you do not experience any reaction. Please dilute essential oils properly. Never use an essential oil undiluted unless advised by your healthcare professional or Certified Aromatherapist.
Q: Can essential oils be put in my eyes?
A: No. Never. Keep all essential oils away from the eyes and the ear canals. You never put essential oils in your eyes or in your ear canals.
Q: What happens if you get essential oils in your eyes?
A: Quickly flood and rinse the eyes with milk or with a carrier oil, like extra virgin olive oil out of your kitchen. This will help stop the burning. This helps to slow the absorption of the essential oil and will stop the heat and burning. Repeat this a couple times if necessary. If burning persists see your healthcare practitioner.
Q: Can essential oils be put in my ears?
A: No. Never. Keep all essential oils away from the eyes and the ear canals. You never put essential oils in your eyes or in your ear canals.
Q: Can I use all the same essential oils I use on myself on my children just by diluting them?
A: No. Children under age 9 or 10 years old do not have fully developed livers and some essential oils can actually cause them harm, toxicity, and liver damage. Purify Skin Therapy has a line of age appropriate blends for kids (ages 12 months old to 10 years old) and for babies (ages birth to 12 months old). If you’re not sure, use one of these blends that have been formulated specifically for their little bodies by a Certified Aromatherapist. Please always practice age appropriate aromatherapy. Diluting essential oils that are not safe for kids just gives you diluted oils that are not safe for kids. Adding a carrier oil does not change the molecules or chemistry of an essential oil, and does not make certain essential oils safe for kids. Pregnant women, infants, and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare professional.
Q: How much do I dilute essential oils?
A: It depends on what you're using them for and who you're using them on. Here's a handy dilution chart for your reference:
Note: The size of drops will vary depending on the dropper or orifice reducer being used and the thickness of the oil. This is a rough estimate.
Q: Can I ingest essential oils?
A: While some of Purify Skin Therapy’s essential oils are food grade, there are some essential oils that are not safe to be ingested at all. We do not advise the use of essential oils for internal use unless they are recommended by your healthcare professional or recommended safe to ingest by a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Only your health care professional or Certified Clinical Aromatherapist can recommend the proper dosage and safe use of essential oils. Please check with your healthcare professional and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist before ingesting any essential oils.
Q: Do essential oils contain vitamins and minerals?
A: Plants contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healing plant constituents, and phytochemicals. When a plant is distilled into an essential oil the vitamins and minerals do not go through the distillation process and are not found in the essential oil, however, the essential oil is full of concentrated antioxidants, healing plant constituents, and phytochemicals. These concentrated phytochemicals are why essential oils are so powerful.
Q: Are the phytochemicals in an essential oil more concentrated than they are in the plant?
A: The distillation process concentrates these phytochemicals and plant constituents 70 to 100 times more than they are found in the plant the oil came from. So you can see essential oils are very very concentrated phytochemicals. Organic essential oils are full of concentrated antioxidants, healing plant constituents, and phytochemicals. These concentrated phytochemicals are why essential oils are so powerful.
Q: How do you tell if a bottle of essential oil is organic or not?
A: If your bottle of essential oil is really organic it will say USDA certified organic right on the bottle. You should see it written right on the label of every bottle of organic essential oils. If that is not written right on every bottle of essential oil then you are not enjoying the greater benefits of clean, pure organic essential oils. Be sure the words "USDA certified organic" or "wildcrafted" are on every label of every bottle of essential oils you use.
Q: What is the difference between organic and wildcrafted?
A: Wildcrafted essential oils are even better than organically farmed essential oils. Wildcrafted essential oils are those certain plants that grow wild - like weeds in some parts of the world. These wildcrafted plants are not planted or farmed or sprayed with any chemicals. The plant naturally grows where it likes to grow in its natural habitat: on the hillside, in the desert, or in shady areas that it likes. Wildcrafted plants are not sprayed or treated they just spontaneously grow out in the wild. Harvesting is usually done by native people where the plant naturally grows.
Q: So how do you tell if your essential oils are wildcrafted or not?
A: You should see it written right on the label of every bottle of wildcrafted essential oils. It will say in the list of ingredients: "pure wildcrafted essential oil". If that is not written right on every bottle of essential oil then you are not enjoying the greater benefits of wildcrafted essential oils. Organic and wildcrafted essential oils are more difficult to source and they cost more to buy. Companies who are actually paying for these higher grade essential oils are not going to forget to put it on the label. If "organic" or "wildcrafted" is not written on every label of every bottle of essential oil you have, then they are not organic or wildcrafted essential oils. If that's the case, what you have is a lower grade non-organic essential oil.
Q: What makes a plant non-organic?
A: Non-organic plants are sprayed with biocides which include but are not limited to: insecticides, pesticides, larvicides, chemical fertilizers, and sewage sludge. These toxic chemicals used in the growing of the plant is what makes plants non-organic. Those harsh and harmful chemicals go through the distillation process and are found IN your non-organic essential oils; and just like the good chemicals in organic essential oils, those toxic chemicals are concentrated in the resulting essential oil.
Q: Why does Purify Skin Therapy use blue bottles?
A: Essential oils stay better for longer in cobalt blue glass bottles. The blue bottles protect these pristine essential oils better from light and UV rays that can damage the oils. Essential oils stored in cobalt blue glass bottles will stay fresher and potent for a longer period of time than say, essential oils in light amber brown bottles. Even though cobalt blue glass bottles cost more than amber brown bottles, Purify Skin Therapy wants you to get the most out of your essential oils.
Q: What does "therapeutic grade" mean, and why do your bottles say "premium grade"?
A: "Therapeutic" grade does exist, but every single company uses it differently. It has been used by so many companies to mean so many different things that it has lost its meaning. Any company (no matter the quality of their oils) can put "therapeutic grade" on their labels. If any company with even very low grade, non organic essential oils can use it, then it is NOT a sign of quality, because everybody can and does use it. In fact, if the label only has "100% pure therapeutic grade" as their quality, I don't think it's a very good oil, it's probably a mediocre NON organic oil. In fact, I refuse to put that term on our labels because it means basically nothing. Anyone can use it. We use the term "premium grade" on our labels because we have USDA certified organic and wildcrafted essential oils. These essential oils are of a superior quality. So, to differentiate that our oils are something more, we use something different. But neither the term 'therapeutic grade' nor 'premium grade' is regulated at all.
Q: Do essential oils expire or go bad over time?
A: Yes, essential oils do expire. ALL essential oils, no matter what company you buy them from...ALL essential oils expire.
Shortest Shelf Life: Citrus essential oils: Citrus essential oils like Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Mandarin, Grapefruit, etc. are the ones that expire the fastest. They have a year and a half to two and a half year shelf life depending on how they are stored. It's because they are mostly comprised of very small molecules (monoterpenes) that readily oxygenate. Oxygenated citrus oils (citrus oils that are older than say 3 years old) are not only expired, they are harmful as their molecules have bonded with oxygen molecules (oxidated). These oxidated molecules are actually quite toxic. So if you have old citrus oils they are not good for anything, throw them out.
Normal Shelf Life: Most essential oils: Most essential oils have a decent shelf life of around 3 to 5 years. They last a little longer when stored properly in cobalt blue glass bottles. Once they've expired they lose their medicinal properties and will no longer do what you got them for. So use your essential oils, and rotate through them.
Longest Shelf Life: Just a few oils: And then some (only a handful) get better with age like Sandalwood and Vetiver.
Q: These little bottles seem small, how long does a bottle last?
A: Purify Skin Therapy sells essential oils mostly in 15 ml bottles. Each 15 ml bottle contains roughly 300 drops of essential oil. When you're using 1 to 3 drops per application that gives you 100 to 300 applications. You can see a little bottle goes a long way! We also have some 5 ml bottles which contain roughly 100 drops of essential oil.
Q: Are Purify Skin Therapy's essential oils really better than other companies?
A: Purify Skin Therapy offers superior quality 100% pure, USDA certified organic and wildcrafted essential oils. Carefully chosen for their exceptional quality, these essential oils all have third party GC/MS analysis and are screened against our high quality standards. We have a large selection of both single essential oils and synergistic essential oil blends, including our best-selling set of powerful and energetic Chakra oils. All our oils are sourced by and the blends are created by our founder and formulator, Holly Draper, who is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and Internationally Registered Aromatherapist. We are a company committed to the highest quality products which produce the best results. USDA certified organic essential oils are the cleanest, purest, most toxin free essential oils available in the industry. We invite you to try these oils. We believe with one smell you will see the difference!
Q: Who formulates the blends for Purify Skin Therapy?
A: We are fortunate to have a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Holly Draper, who has studied correct Aromatherapy and essential oils for 14 years. She is well trained in the safety and age appropriate use of essential oils. She is the formulator of our essential oil blends. (Something to think about: Do you know the person who is formulating your essential oil blends? Do they actually have REAL and accredited Aromatherapy training? Have they studied correct use of essential oils and age appropriate Aromatherapy?)
Q: Is Holly Draper a Certified Aromatherapist?
A: Yes, Holly Draper is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and an Internationally ARC Registered Aromatherapist
Q: What is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist?
A: To become a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist at the level Holly is certified requires 400 documented classroom hours of accredited aromatherapy training, a 3-month thesis project and paper, 500 hours of documented client application and work, and sit for the Internationally approved test and pass it. Holly passed it with Honors. It takes about 3 years to achieve this level of certification.
To become an Internationally ARC Registered Aromatherapist you must be a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and qualify to take the Internationally approved ARC Test, which Holly has done and is now on the International ARC Registry.
Q: Where does Purify Skin Therapy get their essential oils from?
A: Over the years we have developed relationships with farms, small distillers, and certified suppliers around the globe who are dedicated to producing clean, sustainable, organic products. We work with small artesian farmers and distillers in over 30 countries around the globe to bring you the highest quality USDA certified organic and wildcrafted essential oils. For example, we get our Rose oil (Rosa damascena) from Bulgaria which produces the finest Rose oil in the world. Our Tea Tree and Eucalyptus oils come from Australia where those plants are natives, and so on. Purify Skin Therapy is your source for superior quality pristine organic essential oils from around the world.
Q: Who certifies Purify Skin Therapy's essential oils as Organic?
A: Purify Skin Therapy's organic essential oils are USDA certified organic by OTCO.
Q: How can a person tell if an essential oil is organic or not?
A: It's so simple it may surprise you! You look right on the label of every bottle. If there are organic essential oils in the bottle it WILL say organic (and have the USDA organic seal) right on the bottle. Certified Organic essential oils can cost up to 7 times more than non-organic oils and are more difficult to source. So if a company is truly going to the expense and the effort to certify to have organic oils they are not going to "forget" to put that on the label.
Did you know that there are SO many companies out there being dishonest about this that the USDA actually made it illegal to put the word 'organic' on the label if it's not USDA certified organic? They did this because there are so many companies out there claiming their products are organic so people will buy their products, but they are really selling non organic products. So, to protect consumers, now the USDA requires a company to verify that their products are organic through the USDA if they're going to put the word 'organic' on the label of any product. Purify Skin Therapy's essential oils are USDA certified organic and wildcrafted. This means every one of our USDA certified organic essential oils has been scrutinized by a USDA certifying facility and made sure it was grown from non GMO seeds, grown without the use of toxic chemical biocides, and processed in accordance with strict organic laws. Buying USDA certified organic oils is the ONLY way you can be sure the oils you're using are non GMO and have no toxic residues from harsh biocides (pesticides, herbicides, larvicides, etc.) because they've never been exposed to them at all.
Q: What if your label does not say USDA certified organic on it, but you were told it was an organic oil?
A: Then you were told incorrectly either by someone who didn't know any better, or by someone trying to sell you something. If the USDA organic seal is not on the label then you have a non-organic essential oil.
Q: What happens if you heard that some company's oils aren't certified organic but that they're "better than organic" or "beyond organic"?
A: You have just been exposed to some very deceptive marketing of non-organic oils. The USDA has made it illegal to make such claims. There are companies out there trying to deceive customers into thinking their essential oils are better than USDA certified organic essential oils. This just isn't true. USDA certified organic essential oils are the cleanest, purest, most toxin free essential oils out there, and they're verified organic by the USDA. That is why the USDA made it illegal to make those kinds of claims it is to protect consumers from this flagrant marketing deception.
Q: Why is organic such a big deal when it comes to essential oils?
A: Because essential oils are the most concentrated form of healing phytochemicals that come from plants. With essential oils we're talking about very concentrated natural phytochemicals. That's why we use a drop at a time, not spoonfuls! When we're dealing with essential oils (and such concentrated phytochemicals) you must be sure that there are no concentrated toxic biocides in there too. That's why you want to make sure you only use USDA certified organic oils.
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If you are allergic or sensitive to a plant, fruit, or herb you may be allergic or sensitive to the essential oil of that plant. Please be responsible for not using essential oils that you are allergic or sensitive to. If you suspect an allergy or sensitivity please patch test the oil before use. Please dilute essential oils properly. Never use an essential oil undiluted unless advised by your healthcare professional or Certified Aromatherapist. Keep all essential oils away from the eyes and the ear canals. Pregnant women, infants, and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare professional.
Ingestion: While some of Purify Skin Therapy’s essential oils are food grade, there are some essential oils that are not safe to be ingested at all. We do not advise the use of essential oils for internal use unless they are recommended by your healthcare professional or recommended safe to ingest by a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Only your health care professional or Certified Clinical Aromatherapist can recommend the proper dosage and safe use of essential oils. Please check with your healthcare professional and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist before ingesting any essential oils.