Essential Oils FAQs

Q. What are essential oils?

A. Essential oils are made from plant material and are also known as volatile oils. The term ‘essential’ means that they are perfumed with the fragrance from the plant itself.

Q. How are they made?

A. The oils from the plant material are usually extracted by a process called distillation, but can also be obtained by the use of a solvent. The oils can come from various parts of the plant, such as the flowers, leaves, or in some cases, the bark of a tree.

Q. What are they used for?

A. Essential oils are used as the basis for aromatherapy but they are also widely used in the cosmetics and perfume industries, for flavouring and for making household products smell good.

Q. Can I use them at home?

A. There is no reason why you can’t enjoy using essential oils at home but it is important to remember that they must always be diluted before use. This is because the oils are very concentrated and direct application to the skin can result in a severe allergic reaction. Baldwins sell ‘carriers’ for essential oils such as a base oil that can be used for massage.

Q. Can you give some examples of how I might use essential oils?

A. Using essential oils is simple and pleasurable. You can add a few drops to your bath or sprinkle on to dried flowers to create a wonderful room freshener. Why not try essential oils in a salad dressing, but only use one or two drops as they are very concentrated. Baldwins sell base creams and lotions from which you can create your own perfumes and body care treatments, made to your unique recipe.

Baldwins team of experts will be pleased to help you choose essential oils and answer your questions. The helpline is available on 020 7703 5550.

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