Each and every one of our essential oil soy candles are made by hand to order right in here Portland OR. We use highly concentrated essential oil extracts from herbs, flowers, seeds, and trees. Remember though, some essential oils are much lighter in aroma than their synthetic counterparts, but they are more healthy for one's burning environment and for the planet.
Our natural soy candles are scented with either premium fragrance oils or pure essential oils. Either of these scents will truly enhance your home however its good to know the difference between the two.
Pure Essential Oils are highly concentrated extracts from herbs, flowers, seeds, and trees, and are derived by a physical process, such as distillation or cold-pressing. These potent natural oils contain vitamins, hormone-like properties, minerals, and natural antiseptics. The use of essential oils to restore and enhance health and beauty is known as Aromatherapy.
There are different grades of essential oils, and as with all things, the better ones tend to be more expensive, like the therapeutic-grade essential oils. In some cases, the harvesting of plant and flower materials can cause damage to the environment. This is because it can take hundreds of pounds of plant matter to produce only a single ounce of essential oil. Some materials used to create essential oils, such as Sandalwood, are now endangered from the over-harvesting, which is why we do not offer this essential oil in our aromatherapy line of products.
Taking deep breaths of essential oil extracts is a common method in helping treat mental and physical ailments. The inhaled essential oils reach the body through the nose and mouth, the lungs, the bloodstream, and then effect the limbic system of the brain by causing a release of hormones and neurochemicals that can produce mental, emotional and physical responses. When using essential oils to help with mental problems, inhale through the nose. When using essential oils to help with respiratory problems, inhale through the mouth and nose.
Cinnamon - This aroma is very strong, smoky and spicy, and can be used to stimulate the circulatory system and has antiseptic properties. Cinnamon essential oil can also help to reduce drowsiness, irritability and headaches. When inhaled, Cinnamon essential oil can have an aphrodisiac effect and is said to increase one's ability to tap into the psychic mind. Source: Leaf
Clove - This aroma smells spicy and rich, like actual cloves. Clove Bud essential oil is an antiseptic, has stimulating and pain-killing effects, and can act as an aphrodisiac. When inhaled, it is said to stimulate the mind, to help overcome exhaustion, to stimulate memory, and to stimulate the respiratory system. Source: Buds
Eucalyptus - This aroma has a cooling, calming effect on the mind and body. Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective in killing bacteria and viruses. It is excellent for use during colds and the flu, for reducing headache pain, can help reduce sluggishness and mental exhaustion, and aids in concentration. Eucalyptus essential oil can be added to a vaporizer or inhaled to stimulate and loosen bronchial secretions so that it can be coughed up. Source: Leaves
Lavender - This aroma is fresh, floral and sweet, and is known for its relaxing and soothing properties. Lavender essential oil is helpful for reducing headaches, migraines, insomnia, anxiety, and tension. It can act as a brain and central nervous system sedative, can relieve nervous tension, manic depression, mood swings. Lavender essential oil vibrates in the musical key of A and the color indigo, and effects the 6th chakra, The Third Eye. Source: Flowers
Lemongrass - This aroma has a powerful citrus scent and smells very clean. Lemongrass essential oil has strong antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties and can be used to fend off insects. When inhaled, it has a sedating effect on the nervous system and can help soothe a headache. Source: Grass
Peppermint - This aroma is earthy, yet very sweet. Peppermint essential oil is extremely useful when one feels hot, due to temperature, sickness or hormonal changes. When inhaled, it cools a fever, decreases feelings of nausea, can act as an anti-depressant, and can help relieve physical pain by effecting the nervous system. Peppermint essential oil acts on the 7th chakra and has been used to increase spirituality and possibly clairvoyance during mediation. It also has antiseptic properties. Source: Leaf
Pine - This aroma has a woody, sweet, fresh, evergreen scent. Pine Long Leaf essential oil is said to be an antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, refreshing, deodorizing, and stimulating. It is commonly recommended for use in a bath to revive tired muscles. Source: Needles
Ylang Ylang - This aroma is sweet/spicy and floral, and comes from a yellow, exotic flower found around the world. When inhaled, Ylang Ylang essential oil can stimulate the adrenal glands and enhance the immune system, and is a powerful aphrodisiac. Source: Flower
Because essential oils can produce physical and mental changes, AVOID USE during pregnancy! It is important to ALWAYS do a patch test on your skin, on your forearm for example, with any product before applying it to other areas of your body. It is important to dilute essential oil in a carrier liquid, such as water or jojoba oil, before applying to the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin or a history of allergies. Always keep essential oils away from eyes and in general, away from any mucus membranes in general. Keep essential oils out of reach and away from children and pets. Keep your essential oils fresh and potent by leaving the bottles tightly capped and away from heat and light. Please use common sense when using essential oils and if any problems should occur, consult your physician.
sourced from The Aromatherapy Book, by Jeanne Rose