Aromatherapy: false and true
The use of essential oils for cosmetic purposes is rather narrow area, in which the miraculous capabilities of these substances are used. But why do we constantly talk about the unique effects of essential oils on the skin?
How essential oils work?
This cosmetics penetrates lightly through the skin into the vascular layer. Its main property is biological selectivity. Essential oils can restore the body's natural biological processes, while other ingredients are incapable of it. For example, fatty oils nourish the skin only at the level of the epidermis. Ethereal oil not only penetrate the vascular layer of the skin, they are able to carry a whole complex of active ingredients from the base oils (grape seed, cedar, almond), creams, gels and other cosmetics.
All essential oils work on the principle of detoxification, that is, they have complex capabilities for restoring the water balance of the skin, eliminating flabbiness, cellulite, acne, etc. But they must be used very carefully for dry skin. Virtually all essential oils contain hormones that are important for maintaining skin health and preventing aging of the body. With high-quality essential oils, observing their dosages cannot harm the body - they do not cause allergies, addictions and side effects.
Types of oils and their purpose
It is known that essential oils are used in the world practice mainly in four areas of human activity:
in the food industry;
in the production of perfumes and cosmetics;
in household chemistry (products of aromasynthesis - reconstructed or resynthesized essential oils);
in professional aromatherapy.
Naturally, for each of these groups, certain norms and standards have been developed, in which the composition of the oils, the number of ingredients are listed. The oils of each group can only be used for their intended purpose.
In aromatherapy essential oils stand apart, because they are produced in very small volumes. In any country, pure aromatherapy oils are very expensive and are used in a limited way, mainly in rehabilitation, individual treatment and care.
The most common and affordable inexpensive oils are designed for the aromatization of premises. For aromatherapy, this group of oils does not give anything, except for the negative effect (various manifestations of allergies, up to a skin tumor) are possible.
In cosmetology essential oils are used both to achieve the effect of relaxation and for treatment. In the first case, it's enough to add oil to the cosmetic. Such cosmetics are often called "aesthetic aromatherapy." In the second case it is necessary to use pure oil, which is an aromatherapy preparation.
The desire to receive from the oil the true therapeutic effect obliges the specialist to understand for what purposes it is produced, to know its composition and capabilities.
Determine the quality of oil is very difficult, but at the same time, and distributors, and manufacturers of perfumes and cosmetics always know from which niche they receive the drug. And if the products of aromasynthesis are sold as aromatherapy - this is deliberate cheating. Particular attention should be given to such things by doctors, who are now increasingly turning to aromatherapy. Specialists who are interested in this area should, as a minimum, know the pharmacology of each oil. It is necessary to analyze independently what is on the market independently, not based only on advertising.
How to determine the quality of essential oil?
The first conclusion about the quality of essential oil can be done by looking at the packaging. The product must be in a dark glass vial and be sealed, since the essential oils are sensitive to light and react with the plastic. As a rule, covers for essential oils are made from special materials.
The labels should has the inscription "100% essential oil", as well as indicate its Latin. It is desirable to note that the drug is intended for professional use, and not for food or household use.
And did you catch a trace?
There is a misuse of the method for determining the quality of essential oil by spot. It is believed that a drop of oil on a paper should evaporate instantly and completely. This is completely wrong. Essential oils cannot evaporate very quickly, because they have terpenes, resin, and weak pigments. From the evaporated oils should remain a light trace, the color of which can be any except for the poisonous. Average evaporation time of essential oils is from 7 to 15 minutes, except for tar (cedar, sandalwood), which evaporate in 20-30 minutes.
Check in the freezer?
The opinion that all essential oils freeze at the same temperature is false. Natural oils have different freezing points. Anise can freeze at a temperature just below 2 ° C, and some oils, for example, thyme at -10 ° C not at all.
The best way to understand the essential oil
The decisive criterion in deciding the question of the quality of essential oils is the sense of smell. Many - both consumers and specialists - believe that if they have never used natural oil, they will not be able to understand it. In fact, if a person wants to practice aromatherapy, he or she can learn how to independently determine the quality of oils. For this, it is necessary to analyze the oils of several companies. To avoid unpleasant consequences, it is recommended to independently understand the quality of essential oils with the help of the following test. Buy from different companies the same name of the oil, for example, geranium, since it is almost impossible to repeat them chemically.
Firstly, check the oil on the spot. Then take the strips of filter paper, dab them in oils and put in a container with a moistened tip up. First, look at how the oils will evaporate, and then start to smell.
At once it is possible to reject those oils which are stong-smelling. Any natural oil, even if you do not like it as a whole, is characterized by the principle of harmony. It must have a smooth, gradually unfolding quiet smell. This is a closed circle of components, where one smoothly passes into another. If you sniffed the oil and smelled one or two components, it is most likely a product of aromatic synthesis.
Food oils are characterized by a weak simple odor, that cause appetite. The oil for perfume will smell cologne-lollipop. But the natural oil for aromatherapy will contain an infinite continuous transition of components in a circle. How many times will you smell this oil, so many times will go deep into the different levels of its flavor. And do not forget about the intuitive perception. Essential oils act on the olfactory receptor, which enters the zone of higher nervous activity - the hypothalamus. When you become acquainted with essential oils, an unconditioned reflex will work. Remember: if the oil is stong-smelling, then, most likely, it is a product of aromasynthesis. Such oils can cause even a sore throat.
How to use it correctly?
Using cosmetics with essential oils, the main thing is to constantly analyze the skin condition. For example, very often after applying essential oils, dry skin becomes normal.
The cosmetologist working with aromatherapy, after a certain time, notices that the client's skin no longer needs these remedies. In this case, it is advisable to wait until the need arises again. Aromacosmetics is not necessary to use every day.