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A bottle of our highly-prized, pure English peppermint oil – grown, harvested and distilled on our Hampshire farm. The oil has been barrel-aged for two years, to allow its flavour to mellow and its character to develop, much like a fine wine. Allowing it to mature in this way really does transform it, resulting in an oil that has a cooler, more intense flavour and scent than other varieties. If you’re a keen cook or aromatherapist, our pure peppermint oil really will make all the difference.
When you use Summerdown essential oils, you can be rest assured they’re 100% pure because they’re grown, harvested and distilled in the purpose built distillery on our Hampshire farm. Our farm manager Ian personally oversees the entire distillation process.
But there are so many essential oils on the market today and such a plethora of messages around them, if you’re using them at home it can be difficult to know which advice to follow. So here Shelley Baker, Consultant Aromatherapist to Summerdown, provides these helpful ‘How to use’ tips so you can be confident you’re using Summerdown’s pure essential oils in the right way.
Please note, this information is provided for using essential oils with adults NOT children or babies where specific advice from a professional and qualified Aromatherapist is advised for each individual situation.
“Perhaps this is the easiest and fastest way to reap the benefit of essential oils. Particularly good for a quick burst of energy or sense of relaxation. Add 1 or 2 drops to a tissue and inhale. Don’t be tempted to inhale directly from the bottle!
We talk about using essential oils ‘topically’ when they come into contact with your skin, whether this is in the bath, or as a massage for example.
If you’re applying an essential oil topically, it should always be diluted in a carrier oil or unscented lotion/cream base. Never add essential oils directly to water; oils and water don’t mix and you’ll risk causing skin irritation.
The oils I suggest for massage/general application are
We recommend you always test the oil (in a carrier) on a small patch of skin first, usually your forearm.
Recommended ‘doses’ for topical application with ADULTS would be:
4 drops essential oil in 15 ml vegetable oil or cream base for massage / application
15 drops essential oil in 50 ml bath base (available from Aromatherapy suppliers)
There are several ways of using essential oils safely and effectively at home, please remember though that essential oils are strong and powerful. Here are a few tips to keep in mind about safety:
NEVER ingest essential oils neat or added to water. Essential Oils are not water soluble.
Only ever use essential oils when part of a trusted recipe (like Gee Cartwright’s delicious recipes)
We hope that the above is helpful guidance for the safe use of our essential oils. But if you do have any questions, always feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will be able to help.✕