FAQs about Essential Oils

Essential oils come from plants that are naturally potent. Each one has specific uses and applications. Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions for using essential oils. If you don't see your question listed please email us at lenahunt@live.com

What is your refund policy?

Unopened, unused products can be returned within seven business days for a 30% restocking fee as all products are custom blended for each individual client according to their specific needs. All refunds will incur 30% restocking fee, shipping charges and any applicable PayPal Fees. If you have questions regarding your order please contact Lena Hunt:

lenahunt@live.com

(954) 328-2501 

www.essentialoilsfromplants.com

 

I’m new to essential oils. How are they used?  – Each bottle of Lena Hunt. Co. essential oils comes with a free phone consultation to discuss how to use specifically for your wants and needs. 

I see the term “carrier oil” used in several places. What is a carrier oil, what does it do, and why should I use it?  – A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute essential oils. Although we mix our oils with a carrier oil (usually olive oil and grapeseed oil), you may find that you need to add more carrier oill. Carrier oils ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oils, and prevents waste due to excessive application. Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or petroleum derivatives (petrolatum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils. Some consumers choose to avoid olive oil as a carrier oil because of its strong aroma and thick viscosity.

What is a hot oil?  – “Hot oils” are oils that, when applied to the skin, can cause a hot or burning sensation. Here at Lena Hunt Co., we recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of essential oil to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1-2 hours for any noticeable reaction; usually reactions occur within 5-10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or if you develop a rash, add s carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed. (You can use any of these carrier oils: olive oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, coconut oil). Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme and Germ Killer. 

 What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation?  – If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the essential(s), and apply more carrier oil to the affected area. You can use olive oil, grape seed oil, almond oil, coconut oil, and more. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If a rash occurs this may be a sign of detoxification; drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of body toxins. Toxins present in petrochemical based soaps and skin care products, detergents and perfumes may trigger some of the detoxification reactions. Consider discontinuation of these agents if a reaction occurs. Before using the essential oil again, perform a patch test (see above) and dilute with carrier oil as needed. Water drives oil into the skin and the eyes. If any oil gets in your eye, flush with a carrier oil to alleviate any discomfort. Discomfort should be alleviated within minutes. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, please seek medical attention. Be aware that some documents suggest diluting the oil with water. We suggest that you dilute with carrier oil to ensure that discomfort is alleviated as quickly as possible.

Can essential oils be applied to sensitive areas?  – We recommends that you avoid contact with any essential oils and sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals and mucous membranes. If you choose to use the oil in any sensitive area, consult with us or an herbalist or your medical practitioner. 

How often can essential oils be applied? How much do I use?  – Proper usage is provided with your free consultation when you make a purchase. You can also contact us for a consultation before placing an order. The idea of “if a little is good, a lot is better” is not always correct. Essential oils are very potent and powerful– start low and go slow. In most cases 1-2 drops are adequate and using more may waste product. Depending on the essential oil, you can gradually build up to 3-4 uses per day if desired. Excessive use of essential oils may increase the risk for adverse reactions. But keep in mind, we hand mix the oils specifically based on your needs and ailments. 

Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing?  – As with any medical condition it is strongly recommended that, prior to use of essential oils, you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in oils usage. It is generally recommended to avoid overuse and excessive use of Clary Sage ( Salvia sclarea ), Sage ( Salvia officinalis ), Tansy ( Tanacetum vulgare ), Hyssop ( Hyssopus officinalis ), Fennel ( Foeniculum vulgare ), and Wintergreen ( Gaultheria procumbens ) as well as the blends and supplements that contain these oils.

8. Can essential oils be used on children?  – Many of our oils are appropriate for use with children, and we dilute them prior to use. Our products are pre-diluted with carrier oil as indicated on product label and are intended for direct application on children. Children generally respond well to certain oils. We prepare them specifically for children. 

How does exposure to sun affect essential oil use?  – Some essential oils, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. All our artisan oil blends that contain these compounds are labeled with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12 to 48 hours after applying. Caution should always be used when starting to use a new oil: use patch testing (see above), dilute and apply the oil to skin that is protected from sun/UV exposure to reduce the risk of sensitivity. We offer tips and advice on sun exposure and how to reduce risks when you contact us for your consultation.

What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition? Can essential oils interact with prescription medications?  – If you have a disease or medical condition, or if you are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with a health advisor who has experience with essential oils prior to using an EO. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between the medication(s) and the essential oil(s). --