AROMATIC GELS

 

Diluting Essential Oils is important.

Aromatic Gels are a great substitute for vegetable and nut oils. 

Aromatic Gels are a good alternative to aromatic oils. Some people don't care for the feel of oil on their skin or they have allergies. Despite this fact, Essential Oils still need to be diluted in order to be used safely.

Enter Aloe vera gel. High quality aloe vera gel (90% - 99%) has oil absorbing properties that work great for diluting essential oils without the oily feeling of vegetable or nut oils.

It is important to know that aloe vera gel that is less than 90% (or doesn't specify the percentage) is full of additives, fragrances, alcohols, and other ingredients that are not necessary. These alcohols, fragrances, and additives can cause a "burning sensation" when the aloe is applied. If a burning or unpleasant feeling occurs, stop using that product and switch to a higher percentage aloe vera, or try a vegetable or nut oil instead.  Pure aloe vera will not produce a burning sensation in 99% of people.

Basic Ingredients for  an Aromatic Gel:

ALOE VERA GEL: Aloe vera is one of the oldest used medicinal plants recorded and has been widely remarked on by dozens of historical medical professional s for thousands of years throughout the world. Aloe is antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary (wound healing), and emollient (soothing and softening to the skin).  It is important to get the right kind of aloe vera if you want to use it for diluting essential oils. Pure aloe vera straight from the leaf is too high in water and will not completely incorporate the essential oils. Robert Tisserand recommends using an Aloe vera jelly (gelly) as it contains thickening agents that help suspend and dilute the essential oils completely. I have had really good results using "Lily of the Desert" brand and it can be found in grocery stores, health food stores and online. It's price is quite affordable as well. Its oil absorbing properties make it an ideal product to use on the skin and also for diluting essential oils. Aloe vera gelly can easily absorb up to 5% oils.

ESSENTIAL OILS: Essential oils are key component in aromatherapy. Each essential oil has dozens to hundreds of active chemical components that act synergistically to create a healing and aromatic experience physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Used aromatically, essential oils interact directly with the hippocampus in the brain through the olfactory glands in the nose.  The hippocampus is involved in the formation of new memories and is also associated with learning and emotions. Applied topically, essential oils also interact with the integumentary system (Skin, hair, nails) as well as the nervous system and circulatory system.

HYDROSOLS (OPTIONAL*): Hydrosols, or hydrolats, are the waters produced during the distillation process of essential oils. They carry the hydrophilic (water soluble) components of the essential oils as well as microscopic droplets of essential oils. It is estimated that the amount of essential oils found in hydrosols is approximately 0.01 - 0.04% per liter of hydrosol. Adding a hydrosol to the aromatic gel helps round out the healing properties of the essential oils by making it closer to a whole plant formulation.

HERBAL OILS (OPTIONAL*): Herbal oils are not the same as essential oils. Herbal oils are made by infusing (or soaking) dried plant material into a vegetable or nut carrier oil (such as olive or coconut oils).  Click here for instructions on how to make your own herbal oils.

AROMATIC GEL (BASE RECIPE)

Makes 1 ounce of Aromatic Gel

1 ounce Aloe vera gel

Essential oils in the following amounts:

Sensitive skin and children: 1% dilution = 6 drops per ounce

Normal, healthy skin: 1- 2.5% dilution = 15 drops per ounce

Wound healing: 2-10% dilution = 15-30 drops per ounce

 

AROMATIC GEL (with Hydrosols and herbal oils)

1/2 ounce Aloe vera gel

1/2 Tbsp Hydrosol

1/4 Tbsp Herbal Oil

Essential oils in the following amounts:

Sensitive skin and children: 1% dilution = 6 drops per ounce

Normal, healthy skin: 1- 2.5% dilution = 15 drops per ounce

Wound healing: 2-10% dilution = 15-30 drops per ounce

 

AROMATIC RECIPES

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