Our Essential Oil Information
All Essential Oils are NOT Created Equal
ESSENTIAL OILS contain the true essence of the Plant from which it was derived. Contrary to the use of the word "oil", they are not actually oils at all. An Essential Oil is the liquid that is distilled, usually by steam or water, from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a Plant.
All Essential Oils are not created equal! There are many different levels of quality on the market today – ranging from those beneficial only as a fragrance, to those offering maximum therapeutic benefits. Consumers need to be aware of an Essential Oil’s heritage in order to get the benefit desired. The Shaman Shoppe offers only the highest grade of 100% pure, therapeutic-grade Essential Oils. All of our Essential Oils have been thoroughly analyzed by a licensed laboratory for potency & purity to ensure our products are of the highest quality.
The Shaman Shoppe Essential Oils are highly concentrated & extremely potent; therefore a little goes a very long way. Our Essential Oils are meant to be used by the drop. There are many reference guides available and formulas should be followed exactly in order to achieve the desired benefits. Increasing the quantity of an Essential Oil can actually alter its effect, causing undesirable results.
We are not a multi-level company. Since there is no middleman in The Shaman Shoppe’s products, we are able to keep our prices much lower than other companies’ who could have numerous middlemen, each needing to make a profit. We contract directly with the sources of our ingredients, and every single product is analyzed for purity and efficacy.
Our Essential Oils are 100% organic, therapeutic-grade, and are NEVER diluted with any other product, unlike some other companies that do this to make more profit. Our Essential Oils are purchased in bulk quantities, and are bottled using sterile methods, and labeled right here at our store.
Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns you might have.
We go to great lengths to ensure that our ingredients and products are of the absolute highest quality, and we never resort to using cheaper, lower-grade ingredients to keep our cost down.
VERY Important Essential Oil Safety Information:
Essential Oils are highly concentrated liquids that can be harmful if not used properly. These guidelines are not a complete safety reference for the proper use of Essential Oils. Prior to using Essential Oils, be sure to follow the instructions in one of the many books available, or consult a qualified Aromatherapy practitioner.
Essential Oils should never be used undiluted on the skin (Tei-Fu is an exception) - Lavender and tea tree are listed by a large number of Aromatherapy sources as being Oils that can be used undiluted; however, sensitivity may still occur in some individuals.
Essential Oils should never be used undiluted in bathwater. Unless Essential Oils are mixed with a Carrier Oil prior to being added to bathwater, the Oils will float on top of the water (rather than being disbursed throughout the water), which could cause severe burns to the skin.
Some Essential Oils may cause sensitization or allergic reactions in some individuals. When using a new Oil for the first time, do a skin patch on a small area of skin. Place a small amount of the diluted Essential Oil on the inside of your elbow and apply a bandage. Wait 24 hours to see if there is any form of reaction.
Some Essential Oils should be avoided during pregnancy or by those with asthma, epilepsy, or with other health conditions. Before treating someone with any of these conditions, be sure to consult an Aromatherapy book or qualified Aromatherapy Practitioner.
Less Is Best. When using Essential Oils, use the smallest amount that will achieve the desired effect. Be sure to follow formulas explicitly – with some Essential Oils, increasing the dosage could result in undesirable effects. For instance, in small doses, Lavender has a calming effect; however, in larger doses, Lavender is stimulating.
Never treat children with the same formulations as adults. Depending on their size, some Essential Oils cannot be used on children at all, while others may be used in smaller doses. Prior to treating any child with Essential Oils, refer to an Aromatherapy book designed especially for children.
Numerous Essential Oils should not be taken internally. Be sure to check safety data prior to ingesting.
Essential Oils are flammable. Please keep them away from open flames.
Be cautious of purchasing Essential Oils that do not list the country of origin and/or the plant part used to obtain the Essential Oil. The quality of Essential Oils can differ drastically, depending on these factors. In many cases, companies that neglect to advertise the heritage of their Essential Oils do so because the Oils are not actually therapeutic-grade, or may be inferior to the same Essential Oils that originate from other areas.
Methods of Essential Oil Use:
Introducing Essential Oils into your lifestyle can be quite easy, fun, & therapeutically beneficial. Below are a few ways in which you can get started. These methods are intended as guidelines only, & you do need to pay special attention to all safety precautions applicable for each Oil that you choose. It is also important to remember that Essential Oils are flammable!
Easy Inhalation - Place 3-4 drops of Essential Oil on a tissue. Place the tissue near your nose & inhale. For example, several drops of one of the soothing, relaxing Essential Oils on a tissue placed inside a pillowcase promotes restful sleep.
Steam Inhalation - Boil 2 cups of water. Pour the water into a bowl & add 3-7 drops of Essential Oil to the water. Place your nose about 12" away from the bowl & inhale. Do not inhale the steam constantly & if you notice any irritation or discomfort, stop immediately. Steam inhalation can help with colds & influenza. Use of energizing or relaxing oils can make this method useful any time of day or night.
Nebulizing Diffusers - A nebulizer is a device that takes Essential Oils & breaks them into separate molecules before dispersing the smaller molecules into the room. These smaller molecules can be more readily absorbed by the lungs & thus create greater therapeutic value than by using other diffusion methods.
Massage - Add up to 20 drops of Essential Oil to 1 ounce of Carrier Oil & massage onto yourself or partner. Keep away from eyes & genital areas.
Bath - Mix 5-7 drops of Essential Oil with 1 ounce of Carrier Oil and add to your bath water, Mix well before getting into the tub.
Candle Diffusers - A candle diffuser utilizes a tea light or other candle to gently heat the Essential Oil and water to promote diffusion into a room. (Always put water in the reservoir before adding the Essential Oils —remember, they’re flammable.)
Lamp Rings - Lamp rings sit directly onto a light bulb. They have a grooved lip all the way around it which holds Essential Oil. The heat from a light bulb heats the Essential Oil in the Lamp Ring & the Oil is then gently diffused into the room.
Undiluted Spot-Therapy - For use with certain Essential Oils only (i.e. Lavender and Tea Tree), place one drop of the Essential Oil on the sole of each foot or specific locations designated by a trained practitioner or an Aromatherapy book.
Furnace/Air Conditioner Filter - Place a couple drops of Essential Oil on your filter to spread the aroma throught your house. (Remember that dogs sense of smell is 40 times stronger than ours, so use sparingly if you have pets in the house.)
Ages 6 months to 6 years ~ .25% Dilution (1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil). If child is sick, you may increase dilution up to .50% if needed.
Ages 6+, pregnant women, elderly, those with sensitive skin or compromised immune systems, or other serious health issues ~ 1% Dilution (1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil; 6 drops per ounce). This is also the dilution you want when you are massaging over a large area of the body.
Adults ~ 2% dilution (2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 12 drops per ounce) – ideal for most adults and in most situations. This is also a good dilution for daily skin care.
Adults ~ 3% dilution (3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 18 drops per ounce) – Up to 10% dilution is fine, depending on the health concern, the age of the person, and the oils being used.
Adults ~ Using oils “neat” (undiluted) – Lavender and Tea Tree are two of the few essential oils that can be used neat, on occasion. Just use caution when using undiluted, as some individuals can experience irritation or sensitivity when essential oils are used neat.
Keeping the safe use of essential oils in mind, always use the lowest dilution possible that gives you effective results.
Essential Oils Measurement Equivalents:
100 drops = 1 tsp = 5 ml = 1/6 ounce 400 drops = 4 tsp = 20 ml = 2/3 ounce
200 drops = 2 tsp = 10 ml = 1/3 ounce 500 drops = 5 tsp = 25 ml = 5/6 ounce
300 drops = 3 tsp = 15 ml = 1/2 ounce 600 drops = 6 tsp = 30 ml = 1 ounce