How to Store Essential Oils to Keep Their Healing Properties
You might have heard that essential oils are used in massages and it benefits the skin of the patient. As many of us are not trained aromatherapists or professionals we might look to use them for our own use at home. These could be for our self massage, skin care or other uses. However, if I would buy an essential oil I need to know how to storage it so that it doesn’t lose its healing properties.
It is always best to store your oils in a dark place, away from light, especially sunlight. Therapeutic-grade essential oils have a very high frequency. The frequency is an important component of their healing power. Sunlight and other kinds of radiation can lower the frequency and compromise the potency. Do not store your oils in metal, plastic, or clear glass.
Most therapeutic-grade essential oils do not spoil*. In fact, essential oils discovered in excavations in ancient Egypt are still usable. Since essential oils are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, they are used in other natural products as preservatives.
*The only essential oils which will eventually spoil are pressed oils – oils that are not derived from distillation. These are primarily the citrus oils. They will stay fresh for at least 5 years. See more from Stacy at Your Sacred Calling.
Essential oil is a wonder. It is a known fact that essential oils were used in the Ancient Egypt when they buried the mummies. Some of the mummies are found in the modern days and what surprises us is that their bodies are not completely spoiled by the time. The reason is that mummies were buried in Pyramids or places where an ideal constant temperature for the essential oils properties was.
Why store essential oils in glass bottles
Essential oils and aromatherapy blends should be stored in dark glass bottles or jars. These can be purchased from aromatherapy suppliers and health stores. They are quite inexpensive and are usually available in brown, blue or green glass; any colour is equally suitable for safe storage. Essential oils, whether diluted or undiluted, should not be stored in plastic containers because the chemicals in the oils will react with and partially dissolve the plastic, contaminating your blends. Glass is an inert material and will not react with essential oils. The tint in dark glass also protects the essential oils and carrier oils from deteriorating in reaction to sunlight. There other elements that may have an effect on essential oils healing properties.
Are Essential Oils Toxic For Oral Use?
I generally know that essential oils are only for external use and it is not recommended to use them orally, but seems that I was not well informed. However, there is some truth in my belief that essential oils are toxic if used orally. The correct answer is Yes and No. Here is what Stacy says:
Young Living essential oils that are labeled as “supplements” are GRAS (“generally regarded as safe” by the FDA) for internal use. This may not be true with other brands, as lower quality oils may be toxic. I personally only recommend Young Living essential oils for internal use, since I trust their quality and purity.
Young Living essential oils that are labeled “supplements” may be ingested by putting directly on the tongue, placed in a capsule, added to recipes or tea, rubbed on the gums, or added to a glass of water. The amount used depends upon the essential oil.
It is interesting that Stacy says that essential oils are safe for internal use and the ones she would not recommend are those of low quality, meaning that generally essential oils are not toxic for internal use if in very small quantities.