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Q: Why do I need an Aromatherapy Consultation for you to make me a Custom Aromatherapy Blend?
A: When I’m deciding on a percentage of dilution for you, there are a few very important things I need to consider for both safety and effectiveness of the blend, such as the person’s:
- Age and overall health
- Medications or supplements used
- Specific concern(s) to be addressed
Based on your answers to the above, I’ll then be able to choose:
- The specific oils and bases I’ll use
- The method of application (type of product and container chosen)
Q: Why can’t I use your Formula and Inspired Aromatherapy Blends on children under 10, pregnant or breastfeeding women, or anyone with current medical issues?
A: There are various opinions about the best age to start using essential oils for babies and kids. Babies and young children tend to be very sensitive, so my approach leans toward the cautious side.
When using essential oils with pregnant or breastfeeding women, or anyone with current medical issues, we need to determine first if essential oils can be used safely, and, if so, begin with a lower concentration than typically recommended for otherwise healthy individuals over the age of 10.
A: The primary explanation for this is that essential oils all have different therapeutic uses and safety concerns, some of which depend on how (and to where) they’re applied. Inspired Blends marked as Limited Edition and Low Stock may not offer a product simply because I don’t have enough stock left to make certain types of products. And… sometimes there are just some common-sense reasons!
Just a few examples:
- NO potentially respiratory irritating essential oils in Aroma Inhalers – it could defeat the purpose of an enjoyable (and therapeutic) olfactory experience!
- NO *hot* essential oils in Bath Salts – it could cause skin irritation!
- NO phototoxic essential oils in Body Lotion – it could cause a sunburn if you spend much time outdoors!
- NO blue-colored essential oils in Linen Spray – it could stain your fabric or clothes!
Some of these no-no’s don’t hold the same weight in Custom Blends as I can craft them with appropriate ratios to bases for the individual’s needs and circumstances after I have the information from their intake.
Q: What is an Aroma Inhaler?
A: An Aroma Inhaler is a small tube that is portable, private (no one else smells the oil), and fast-acting. Its effectiveness comes from the quick absorption of essential oils through the olfactory membrane. They can be used daily as needed: 3–5 times a day in general, but more is fine.
Q: How much Bath Salt should I use in each bath?
A: I suggest 1 oz per bath for a great ratio of bath salt to water to nourish your skin, but you can always choose to use less (or more).
Q: What is the difference between a Bathroom Spray and a Room Spray?
A: Not much. I use the same ratio of essential oils to bases (and the same type of bases) in both. However, a Bathroom Spray needs to include essential oils that are amazing at combating odor. Whereas, you might want a Room Spray just because you like the scent of the included essential oils.
Q: Can I use a Room Spray (or Bathroom Spray) as a Linen Spray?
A: No. Room (and Bathroom Sprays) contain salt, whereas Linen Sprays contain hydrosols, which are gentle and skin-friendly. You want your Linen Spray to help support any skin that comes in contact with your linens!
Q: Can I use a Room Spray (or Bathroom Spray or Linen Spray) as a Body Spray?
A: No. There are a few reasons for this:
- Body Sprays only include essential oils that aren’t phototoxic (or are used at safe levels below phototoxicity)..
- Room Sprays (and Bathroom Sprays and Linen Sprays) don’t include a dispersant. Dispersants keep the essential oils mixed with the base. Without this, the essential oils in your blend would simply start to evaporate in the air before they land on your skin to give you both the therapeutic benefits of the oils as well as the lingering scent you’re looking for with a Body Spray.
- Room (and Bathroom Sprays) contain salt. It defeats the purpose to have salt sitting on your skin, sucking up the moisture you’re helping protect with a Body Spray.
Q: What is the difference between a Body Spray and a Personal Scent Spray?
A: Not much. I use the same ratio of essential oils to bases (and the same type of bases) in both. However, a Body Spray is sometimes used for therapeutic benefits of the included essential oils – beyond just smelling good. Whereas, Personal Scent Sprays are typically chosen just because you like the scent of the included essential oils.
Q: What is the difference between a Lotion and a Butter?
A: Lotion is lightweight so it spreads and absorbs easily into skin. It quickly restores moisture to dry areas, and it’s non-greasy so it won’t leave you oily. A Lotion is a blend of water and oil, with an emulsifier to help the two blend together (as we know, oil and water do not naturally mix: they separate). Lotions are typically chosen for use on the hands and body and when quick absorption of the essential oils or ease of application is desired.
Butters range from thicker, harder (and very silky) texture to softer, looser texture – it all depends on the chosen base ingredients. All Butters are hard enough to keep their form in the container, but soft enough to apply. Butters use beeswax to help thicken them, but don’t need an emulsifier (as there is no water component to these blends). Butters are typically chosen for use on the lips and body or when slower absorption of the essential oils is desired.