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Essential oils are oils derived from plants. Most are extracted using steam distillation or cold-pressing. They have therapeutic qualities. The science of using essential oils for healing is called aromatherapy. Our interest in using and studying essential oils and our own experience using essential oils to help with various ailments is what led Pepo Park to use them in our products.
The properties of oils we commonly use: (this list is not exhaustive)
Lavender is widely touted as a “cure all”. The most common use of this oil is for relaxation as it is calming and soothing.
Citrus oils are generally uplifting and leave you feeling refreshed.
Lemongrass oil is good for headaches and lethargy. This may be why our lemongrass soap is our most popular.
Tea tree oil is another “cure all”. It is antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal. It’s also used for skin problems like acne.
Peppermint oil is refreshing and stimulating. It helps relieve mental fatigue.
Rosemary oil is another oil that helps with mental fatigue and works as an anti-depressant.
If you're interested in using essential oils for aromatherapy in your own home/life, please take the time to educate yourself on the safe usage of these powerful oils. Several blogs and books are listed below to help you in your education. The bottom line is that essential oils are powerful medicine and you can injure yourself if you don't take the necessary precautions when using them. For example, only a couple of oils are safe to apply directly to your skin. All others should be diluted in a carrier oil, or used when they're an ingredient in another product like soap or lotion, or used with a diffuser. Some oils may not be safe to use if you have an existing medical condition. Others are so toxic that even a small amount can really hurt or even kill you. So, please educate yourself. The oil blends used in our soap are formulated to be safe for most people and are added at safe levels.
Blogs, courses, etc.:
Books on aromatherapy and making your own stuff:
There are hundreds of books on aromatherapy and making your own herbal products at home. I've listed a few that I like. The links will take you to Amazon.com.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism (Illustrated Encyclopedia) - Great book. Nice pictures, lots of info on a large variety of oils.
The Essential Oils Book: Creating Personal Blends for Mind & Body
The Aromatherapy Companion: Medicinal Uses/Ayurvedic Healing/Body-Care Blends/Perfumes & Scents/Emotional Health & Well-Being (Herbal Body) - Includes a lot of info about aromatherapy and some recipes.
Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy - Attention aromatherapy nerds. This is the book for you. It's all science. If you're not an aromatherapy nerd or a chemist, this is not the book for you.
Another for aromatherapy nerds and lovers of chemistry: The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy. An amazing book by Kurt Schnaubelt.
Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils - I love this book. It doesn't cover all of the oils, but it's the first book I read about restoring balance and I really like it.
The Herbal Home Spa: Naturally Refreshing Wraps, Rubs, Lotions, Masks, Oils, and Scrubs (Herbal Body) - If you like Lush, you'll like this book. It includes recipes for many body products, most of which require refrigeration or have a very short life. They won't smell as stinky, though. If you like stink, keep going to Lush. :)