Essential Oil FAQs
What is an essential oil?
Essential Oils are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. The purest essential oils come from carefully cultivated and wild grown plants from climatic and geographic regions throughout the world.
What are the different ways to use essential oils?
Massages: Massage is one of the most beneficial methods of using essential oils because it combines the therapeutic powers of the essential oil with the benefits of massage therapy. At home with our KineticWise Apothecary essential oil line, you can massage into trouble areas at home. Please be sure to skin test, keep away from eyes, and call KineticWise if you have any questions about the application.
Inhalation: Inhalation is one of the quickest ways to experience the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. This method is highly beneficial for helping respiratory ailments. Should you have any concerns about the use of essential oils, please consult your physician.
Baths: Adding essential oils to a hot, soothing bath can create a relaxing and therapeutic experience.
Essential Oil Diffuser: Diffusers and Aromatherapy go hand-in-hand. Adding essential oils to a diffuser effectively introduces the therapeutic properties and fragrance to any environment. The nebulizing diffuser we offer at KineticWise uses air to disperse the oil into your environment. Heat, often used for this purpose, can damage some oils. We never recommend heating our oils.
Compress: Compresses are an effective way to apply essential oils directly to areas where they are needed the most.
What are the different methods of extraction?
Steam Distillation: The most common process of extracting an essential oil is by distillation, a process that isolates the aromatic, volatile element of the plant with steam.
Cold Pressed: Expression or cold pressing, is used primarily for citrus fruits like orange and lemon, where the essential oil is obtained in tiny pockets in the peel or rind. Oils extracted by cold pressing are the most volatile of essential oils and can evaporate quickly when exposed to air.
CO2 Extraction: The CO2 extraction method yields a greater number of aromatic compounds than any other distillation process. In certain conditions at a low temperature Carbon Dioxide or CO2 can be pressurized to become a liquid. This liquid then acts as a solvent and is used to extract the oil from plants. After extraction is completed, the extraction vessel is brought back to normal temperature and the CO2 rapidly converts to gas leaving behind a high quality oil that is free of solvents.
How do I store my essential oils once I have purchased them?
It is recommended that oils should be stored at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.
Can essential oils be used directly on the skin?
Many essential oils can cause irritation to the skin. Test on a small patch of skin before applying. If you have any problems, just mix in a carrier (vegetable, olive, jojoba) oil before being applied to the skin.
What is a carrier oil?
Carrier oils are also referred to as vegetable oils and base oils. They have extensive applications in Aromatherapy because they are used to dilute Essential Oils or absolutes for application. They are also used in the manufacturing of cold-process soaps and for massage by Licensed Massage Therapists. Each Carrier Oil has different properties and the choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought.
What should I do if I have a reaction to an essential oil?
If you need to remove the oil you have applied for any reason, avoid using water. It often can activate an oil. Instead, use another oil to take it off. Jojoba, olive oil, and vegetable oil are all appropriate to use to remove essential oil from the skin. If reaction does not subside when removed, see your physician.
What does Phototoxic mean?
Most Citrus essential oils are considered to be phototoxic. This means that when applied to the skin prior to sunlight exposure, they can increase skin pigmentation. Oils that should be avoided approximately six to twelve hours before prolonged sunlight exposure include bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, orange and mandarin.
Can your oils be ingested?
Refer to FDA (GRAS)
Why should certain oils be avoided during pregnancy?
Certain essentials oils are considered too powerful for use during pregnancy as they may stimulate the production of certain hormones. Before use during pregnancy, please consult your physician.
Are any of your products tested on animals?
We do not carry out any tests on animals nor do our suppliers. Any toxicology information is obtained from reference materials.
Are your oils organic?
All of our oils are 100% pure and natural, of therapeutic grade and free from any chemicals or pesticides. Although all of our products are of premium quality, not all of the oils are certified organics. Any time that we can, we use oils that are accompanied by authentic certificates of organic production under strict supervision by internationally recognized certifying bodies. Our supplier is in the process of acquiring its own Certification as an Organic Processing Facility and remains committed to supplying true organics.
How do you know the products you carry are pure, 100% natural and free of chemicals and pesticides?
Our suppliers have direct buying relationships with ethical producers around the world. They regularly visit the facilities,
and have the products tested by credible third party laboratories.
How many drops are in a bottle?
250 drops/ 15 ml bottle of essential oil (approx) 85 drops/ 5 ml bottle of essential oil (approx)
What is the difference between an essential oil and a fragrant oil?
Essential oils essences are expressed directly from plants or plant parts and are all natural, whereas fragrant oils are manufactured in a lab from different aromatic chemicals.
What is an MSDS?
MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet. It provides detailed product information needed by material handlers and emergency workers on physical and chemical data. This includes melting points, boiling points, flash points, reactivity, first aid instruction, toxicity, storage recommendations, disposal instructions, control measures, protective equipment instructions, and spill and leak procedures.
What is a Certificate of Analysis?
A Certificate of Analysis is the result of testing against acceptable parameters. Certificates of Analysis can look quite different from product to product, industry to industry. However, with Essential Oils, measurement quite often consists of the dominant constituent of a particular oil.
What is a GC Report?
GC stands for Gas Chromatograph. In simple terms, a GC separates an essential oil into individual components. The oil is vaporized upon entry into the device, and the oil passes through a column assisted by a carrier gas (usually helium or hydrogen). The column itself sits within an oven; here change in heat over time is managed. Different chemical compounds react at different speeds within the column, and this information is captured on the Gas Chromatograph.
GC reports are unique, and in many publications, they are referred to as fingerprints of that particular batch of essential oil. They help purchasers protect their quality by ensuring major constituents are within generally accepted guidelines, as well as providing quantitative proof that received product matches approved samples. Still, it is important to note some of the limitations with GC's. While a GC may produce a unique fingerprint of an essential oil, this result is often unique to the GC device and the skill of the user. Even when conditions such as the type of column being used, ambient temperature, retention rates, etc are held equal, results may have slight variations. Another limitation is that without Mass Spectrometry (MS), a device significantly more expensive than even a GC, individual components cannot be identified. In recent years this has become less of an issue as libraries of reference are being compiled and made available. Sources are typically Food and Flavor journals, and by replicating conditions with a GC, major constituents can now be reasonably identified.
All oils are tested with a Gas Chromatograph Machine to ensure quality.
What is ISO 9001:2008?
ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization. The "9001:2008" designation is the specific standard under which our Quality Management System is certified. Our suppliers successfully implement a quality system in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 quality standard for custom packaging of essential oils. They are audited each year to International Standards by Certified auditors to ensure that their system conforms.
Care should be taken when applying a new oil or blend of oils, and it is always prudent to perform a skin patch test before use, especially for those who have sensitive skin. Keep essential oils out of reach of children and use them with great care. Use a weaker dilution on children as their bodies are smaller and their skin is more sensitive. Essential oils are very potent and some may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply pure vegetable oil to the area to dilute.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.