Tips on How to Store Essential Oils

I love [tag]essential oils[/tag]. My favorites are the lemon essential oil and lavender essential oil. :)

When you begin to take [tag]aromatherapy[/tag] seriously, it is important to have quality oils and here are some tips I would like to share with you some important tips on how to store your precious essential oils:

  1. Essential oils are affected by light, temperature, oxygen and moisture. Store them well-stoppered, clean, dark glass bottles and don’t leave their caps off.
  2. The ideal temperature for essential oils is about 16C (61F). If very cold some oils like benzoin, solidify or go cloudy but should be usable if brought slowly back to room temperature.
  3. Essential oils will soon oxidize or become resinous if left exposed to air or in a bottle with too much air or “head room” at the top.
  4. Wash your hands regularly so you don’t taint one oil with another.
  5. Use a clean kitchen towel to wipe bottles, especially around the neck and caps.
  6. When blended with carrier oils, try and use your blends within about six months as carrier oils have a relatively short life. Jojoba is the only exception with an almost indefinite shelf life
  7. Both the aroma and properties of essential oils kept in poor conditions will deteriorate rapidly making them unsuitable for either therapy or fragrance use.

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