Essential Oils – Usage & Safety

I’m pregnant. Are there any essential oils I should avoid?

Yes! Because information is lacking, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends avoiding certain essential oils during pregnancy, including:

  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove Bud
  • Lemongrass
  • Nutmeg
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sweet Basil
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Wintergreen

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

I’m nursing. Are there any essential oils I should avoid?

We recommend avoiding the same essential oils while nursing as you would while pregnant. (Please see above question).

I have high blood pressure. Are there any oils I should avoid?

It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before using the following oils in aromatherapy:

  • Black pepper (Morning Chai Blend)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

I have epilepsy. Are there any specific oils I should avoid?

Yes. It is always a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider first, but in general, we recommend avoiding the following oils:

  • Sage
  • Wintergreen
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel
  • Eucalyptus

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

I am taking anticoagulant medication. Are there any specific oils I should avoid?

Yes. It is always a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider first, but in general, we recommend avoiding the following oil:

  • Wintergreen

Consult with your healthcare provider and use caution with the following oils:

  • Basil
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Clove Bud
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Marjoram
  • Patchouli
  • Thyme

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

Can these oils/products stain clothing?

Essential oils vary in color and chemical structure. While some can act as stain removers, others can discolor your clothing. Be careful to wash your hands after applying oils, and wait for the product to soak in before coming in contact with any fabric.

Can I eat or drink essential oils?

We do not advise ingesting essential oils as they are very concentrated and care should always be given when using essential oils in any way. Please see General Use Guidelines for more information on the safe use of essential oils.

I have a medical condition. Are there any interaction or other concerns with essential oils?

There are some essential oils that could pose issues for those with medical conditions or those on prescription drugs. It is always important to consult with your health professional before use if you have any concerns, and it is particularly important for those with medical issues to check before using the following oils:

  • Clove Bud
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine Sambac
  • Lemongrass
  • Nutmeg
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Wintergreen

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

 

Essential Oils

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the highly concentrated “essence” of a plant, obtained by distillation or cold-press processing. These nourishing oils have a long history of therapeutic use, and today about 20% of essential oils in the market are used in the pharmaceutical industry.  While there are well documented pharmacological effects that inform our safety guidelines, our essential oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

How do I use essential oils?

Essential oils are as versatile as the plants from which they come. They can be used in a number of ways, including adding a few drops to:

  • A diffuser to disperse the scent evenly and regularly throughout the day
  • The roller ball for on-the-go aromatherapy
  • Massage oil to enhance the physical benefits, and balance the mind and body
  • The water in a humidifier
  • Warm, filtered water in a sprayer bottle to make a room spray
  • Silk and paper flowers (being careful to do a color test first since some oils stain)
  • A cotton ball placed under your pillow
Is Goddess Garden Certified USDA Organic?

We offer all USDA certified organic essential oils, with the exception of our jasmine sambac absolute. Our facility is certified NSF organic, and we are currently in the process of obtaining USDA certification.

Is it really important to be certified organic?

There are myriad companies claiming confusing certifications. By offering certified organic oils, we can clear that up. There are very specific standards for an organic certification, and it’s regulated by a third-party who makes sure our oils are what we say they are—pure and not contaminated with synthetic chemicals.

Are your oils therapeutic grade?

There’s no formal grading standard in the essential oil industry. There’s no government agency or organization, like the FDA, that certifies essential oils as “therapeutic,” “medicinal” or “aromatherapy” grade in the U.S. These are marketing terms that are now used by aromatherapists to differentiate the active constituents in the oil to guarantee they are effective. Our oils are effective, potent and pure—ideally suited for therapeutic use and thus, therapeutic grade. They’re also certified organic so you know you can trust them.

Why do your organic oils cost less than oils that aren’t even certified organic?

You get what you pay for. That’s why we keep it simple. We don’t have to pay multiple tiers of people who are selling our products for us. We just offer the best oils available, and keep our operations simple. That lets us offer the very best, therapeutic-grade, certified organic oils at an affordable price—making quality accessible to everyone.

If a little is good, is more better?

Essential oils are intrinsically powerful, so we recommend sticking with the recommended dilution rates for On-the-Go aromatherapy and no more than 5 drops in your diffuser. A little goes a long way, but if you’d like a stronger scent, feel free to experiment with it!

What do I do if I add too much essential oil to the rollerball? Is it harmful?

Depending on the individual essential oil, area in which it is applied, and other factors, too much essential oil could cause skin reactions. While Goddess Garden steers clear of essential oils considered to be dermal irritants and sensitizers in our On-the-Go aromatherapy recipes, we do recommend sticking with the recommended dilution rates.

Aromatherapy Bracelets and Blends

Do I need to dilute the Aromatherapy Bracelet Blends before applying to the bracelets?

No. The blends are already mixed with gentle jojoba oil. The blends are intended to be worn on the bracelets and not the skin, but we use jojoba to reduce the likelihood of skin irritation.

Can the Aromatherapy Bracelet Blends irritate my skin?

While the Bracelet Blends are not meant for direct skin application, they are blended with jojoba oil to reduce the likelihood of skin-irritation in the event there is contact. Sensitivities and allergies vary, however, so if you notice skin irritation, please discontinue using that blend.

Can I wash the bracelet? Do I need to wash it before applying a different blend?

You can wash the bracelet, but it’s not necessary. If applying another blend, rest easy—they all work wonderfully together. The older blend will eventually fade, but you can enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of both until then. And if you perhaps drape your wrist in a plate of spaghetti, feel free to wash the bracelet. We won’t judge.

How do I care for my bracelet?

Treat this bracelet like any other piece of jewelry. We recommend that you do not wear it while you sleep, shower, swim or use a hot tub. We also recommend not using it with harsh cleaning chemicals. But we know you’re already using safe, natural household cleansers so that’s one less thing to worry about!

What kind of metal are the Aromatherapy Bracelet charms made from?

The charms are stainless steel or a nickel-free and lead-free metal alloy.

Can I use the bracelet with my own essential oils blends and blends?

We recommend using our specialty Aromatherapy Bracelet Blends with our bracelets. They are blended with the ideal amount of jojoba oil to protect the skin from possible irritation. The custom bottle also delivers the precise amount of oil to the stones. Other essential oil bottles can dispense too much oil which, aside from being wasteful, can cause irritation or become overpowering.

How often can I reapply the blends?

Apply as often as you like. We suggest reapplying whenever you notice the scent begin to fade or whenever you need a little extra aromatherapy benefit.

How did you come up with 186 different mood enhancement combinations?

Math. When your teacher says you will use math one day, trust us—he or she is right! We used factorials and combinations…all fascinating stuff!

How do I choose the right bracelet?

All our Aromatherapy Bracelets have lava rocks to carry the scent of the Bracelet Blends. Typically, the stone you need is the one you will be attracted to. Choose the one that appeals to you most. Wear one, two or all three bracelets—you can’t go wrong!

How do I know what scents go with my bracelet?

Follow our suggested pairings or just follow your mood. Do you need an energy boost? Do you need to focus? Pick the blend that best suits your objective. Feel free to mix and match, or get creative and try multiple oils and bracelets.

How do I use the Aromatherapy Bracelets and Blends?

Simply dab the Bracelet Blend directly onto the lava rocks on the bracelet. The oil pools in the porous areas rather than being absorbed.  You can also rub the oil to spread it out along the bracelet. Take the blend with you and reapply as needed, or use different blends throughout the day, depending on your needs. There are 186 different ways to affect your mood. Choose your own path!

Essential Oils - Preparation Process

What is the difference between an absolute and an essential oil?

They are very similar. Both are concentrated, highly aromatic mixtures, extracted from plants. Essential oils can be directly extracted from plants by steam distillation, expeller pressing or cold pressing. Absolutes, however, require the help of a solvent to retrieve the essence. Some flowers are so delicate steam distillation cannot be used to extract the fragrant oil. The intense heat would destroy the flowers, causing them to become compacted into a solid mass that steam cannot penetrate. If the steam is unable to move freely through the flowers during distillation, it is impossible to extract the oil. Similarly, some plants, like vanilla, are unable to be pressed or steamed.

Which products are not essential oils?

Jasmine sambac is an absolute; vanilla bourbon is an extract; jojoba oil is a liquid wax; the rest are essential oils.

What is “steam distillation”?

If you immediately thought of steaming vegetables, you’re exactly right. The botanicals are placed in a container over boiling water and exposed to the rising steam vapor. Similar to making a tea, this method is best used for leafy plants.

What is expeller pressing?

This method is most commonly used to extract oils from seeds and nuts. Basically, the item is smashed between two rotating metal plates, forcing the oil out through high, constant pressure.

What is “cold pressing”?

Cold pressing is similar to expeller pressing, except the temperature is kept to lower levels. When an object is pressed via the rotating plates, it can produce friction, which can produce heat. Cold pressing employs the extra step of keeping the temperature to a controlled level. This helps protect oils, like those from citrus peels, that can be damaged by high temperatures.

Why isn’t the vanilla bourbon an essential oil?

The aromatic compounds which give vanilla its delicious scent cannot be harvested by steam distillation, expeller pressing or cold pressing. Our organic vanilla is extracted via supercritical CO2 extraction. When CO2 (carbon dioxide) is subjected to high pressure, the gas turns into liquid. This liquid CO2 can be used as a very safe, “liquid solvent,” which will capture the aromatic molecules. At a normal pressure and temperature, the CO2 reverts to a gas and evaporates, leaving the aromatic qualities behind. In the case of vanilla bourbon, using CO2 produces a vanilla with a fragrance true to the original plant without the alcohol that can typically be detected in an absolute.

Why isn’t the jasmine an essential oil?

Jasmine flowers cannot be steam distilled, expeller pressed or cold pressed. They are incredibly fragile, and it takes eight million of them to make a single kilogram of jasmine oil. Because of this, a solvent is used to get all of the precious essence out of the blossom. In the process, the solvent is removed. Any remaining residues in absolutes would be in the order of around one part per 300 million. Because the process is different, this oil is not able to be certified organic. Absolutes are extremely concentrated and should always be diluted.

Why are some of your essential oils infused in jojoba?

We infuse our vanilla bourbon, neroli, jasmine and Roman chamomile in pure, organic jojoba oil. These extracts, oils and absolutes are extremely potent and treasured. This infusion allows them to become much more affordable than they would be in their pure forms. Since the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends diluting oils before topical application, this also helps ensure the proper recommended dilution rates without extra measuring on your part. Similarly, the AromaPersona kits include jojoba oil.

Is there a difference between cinnamon bark and cinnamon leaf oil?

Cinnamon bark oil, like we offer, is steam distilled from the bark. It is stronger and has a longer lasting scent than cinnamon leaf oil. Cinnamon leaf oil is easier to extract since it comes from the leaves, but it is more mild and doesn’t last as long. It is often much less expensive for these reasons.

Essential Oils - Miscellaneous

How long does it take aromatherapy oils to begin effecting your mood?

Immediately! Essential oils can start impacting your mood before your brain even recognizes and translates the scent. Your sense of smell is your most powerful sense. Smelling certain aromas can trigger good memories and instantly lift your mood by association.

Can I use essential oils directly on my skin?

We recommend avoiding the use of undiluted essential oils directly on your skin. For topical on-the-go aromatherapy application, we’ve provided the proper proportions to achieve the desired results. We don’t recommend using the following oils in personal scents on skin, as they may cause skin irritation.

  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove bud
  • Lemongrass
  • Nutmeg
  • Sage
  • Wintergreen

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

What is the shelf life of each of your products?

Shelf life varies and greatly depends on how the oils are used and stored. Leaving oils in the sun or light, or exposing them to wide temperature fluctuations will shorten their life, while storing them in a cool, dark place will prolong them. Our oils are divided into groups and are easily identifiable by the colors on the labels. Given normal use and proper storage, our essential oils should last for the following lengths of time after they are opened:

  • Herbal oils (green) – 18 to 24 months
  • Citrus oils (yellow) – 6 months
  • Spicy (red) – 24 months
  • Earthy (light brown) – 18-24 months
  • Floral (purple) – 12-18 months

*For blends, follow the same guidelines, using the shortest time listed for all the oils in the blend.

Can I use essential oils on or around my kids or pets?

Some essential oils are shown to be safe for your kids and/or pets and recommend consulting with your pediatrician or veterinarian.  We always recommend keeping essential oils out of reach of children and pets due to the risk of consumption.

What is the recommended way to store your products?

Because oxidation is the main issue, we recommend storing your products in a cool, dark place with the lid tightly sealed.

Are your products tested on animals?

No, our products are never tested on animals (unless you count our team—we can be a little wild).

Can I store my oils in the refrigerator or the freezer?

Yes. Because they are oils, they will not freeze, although some of the constituents within the oils could become cloudy as they crystalize. Once the oil warms up, this cloudiness should dissipate. Storing oils in the refrigerator will only prolong their life, but take care to label them as not for consumption!

Do you distill your own oils?

While we currently do not distill our own oils, our mission is to make top-quality oils accessible to everyone. We source the best available UDSA-certified organic oils from around the world, from suppliers who have mastered the art and have a similar mission.

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