A Commitment to the Highest Standards of Quality
Terra Flora essential oils have been carefully selected according to the highest possible standards of quality and integrity. We have chosen the purest and most potent oils available from the best possible sources. We have worked hard to keep our prices as low as possible, without sacrificing our standards of quality.
The majority of our oils are steam-distilled, except where noted in our price list. All plant sources are from unfumigated, wild, or organic habitats.
Terra Flora offers 100% concentrations of its essential oils - never diluted with less expensive oils, with the exception of the Rose Oil Blend. Although the investment in pure essential oils may initially seem more expensive, a wise use of these oils actually makes them more economical, allowing for precision, accuracy, and utmost clarity in aromatic formulations.
Each bottle of Terra Flora oil is equipped with an orifice reducer to allow dispersal of single drops. The 1-dram bottles will often require a vigorous tap on the bottom of the bottle to release each drop of oil. Some oils can congeal slightly in very cold temperatures (this is especially true of pure attar of Rose). Running warm water over the bottle of oil can quickly restore its fluidity.
Using Aromatherapy in a Healing Context
If aromatherapy is to be rightly employed as a healing art, the inner attitude and skillful perception of the practitioner are paramount. One is not merely using an essential oil to cover up a malady, or for surface pleasure as one would wear a perfume. The essential oils have a powerful capacity to purify and transform, but to be used in this way the practitioner must recognize what is truly needed and apply the oils in creative, insightful ways.
Of utmost consideration is the quality and viability of the essential oils which are used in aromatherapy. We live in an era of incredible cleverness and technical manipulation. Chemical, synthetic fragrances can deceive even a relatively trained nose. Yet even if a synthetic fragrance were capable of exactly duplicating a natural plant aroma, it could not be regarded as a healing oil any more than a plastic flower (however perfectly replicated to our visual senses) could be used to make a herbal tincture.
Though a fragrance can be chemically perfect it can only be alchemical (i.e., healing) if it contains life force within it. Nature's laboratory is the living, creative work of spiritual beings. Substances from Nature are real because life dwells within them. Perhaps modern science will evolve to the point where there is the heartfelt capacity to work with life force in a co-creative way. Unfortunately, synthetic fragrances derived from chemical laboratories are not based on this premise and simply cannot be used for genuine aromatherapy.
Please note: Some people are sensitive to certain essential oils, and may experience skin irritation if these oils are used extensively, or in strong concentrations. Oils should be tested first in weak dilution.
Also, some oils may be contraindicated for pregnancy. If you are pregnant, or believe you may be pregnant, consult a knowledgeable practitioner.
Why Natural Plant Oils are Costly
Natural, essential oils are priceless liquid jewels in the treasury of Nature. Very few, if any, plants are naturally oily. It is only during a certain moment in its yearly life cycle that a plant reaches a peak in its secretion of oil. Quite often, a great deal of plant material must be collected to yield even a modest amount of essential oil. These substances are often referred to as ethereal oils because they contain such concentrated amounts of life force.
Given this perspective, it is easier to understand why many essential oils are costly. Some of the most precious substances such as pure rose oil can require 2,000 pounds (1,000 kg.) or more of rose petals to yield less than a pound (1/2 kg.) of pure oil. Plant oils are highly volatile and must be expertly distilled in order to capture their highest qualities. Steam distillation is the superior way for extracting most plant oils, and it is also the most expensive.
Year-to-year climatic conditions can also greatly affect oil production of a given plant, and its consequent availability to the open market. Therefore, prices for essential oils will vary greatly depending upon how much plant material is required, how easily the plant yields its aromatic oil, and its seasonal availability.
Caring for Your Essential Oils
The longevity of pure essential oils is certainly many years, if not several lifetimes. In fact, excavations of ancient Egyptian tombs have uncovered aromatic formulations which were still potent.
When essential oils are extended into other bases such as vegetable oils and cremes they will usually have a reduced shelf life of several months to a year or so. As a rule, you should include pure essential oils in blends and custom formulas which you will use for immediate and short-range purposes.
Although they will not spoil readily, it is a wise idea to store your oils in a cool, dark place. This will insure that they have the greatest vitality for the maximum period of time. Be sure to keep the lids on your essential oils tightly closed and only open them for the amount of time that you need to. Essential oils are volatile and their aromatic properties will definitely evaporate when given the opportunity.
Bath, Hot Tub, or Sauna: 10 -15 drops in warm water. Put drops into the water immediately before entering. Gently stir the water to disperse the oil. For sauna, dilute the oil with 90% water and spray on rocks or into the air.
Compress: 3 - 5 drops into a hot or cold basin of water. Cold water contracts the tissues, and warm water relaxes the tissues. Fold up a clean cloth and dip it into the water. Squeeze out the excess water. Apply immediately to the painful area.
Facial Steam: One drop of oil per cup of boiling water. Put the drops into the basin after the water is drawn. Gently stir the water to disperse the oil. Immediately place a towel over your head and move your face as close to the aromatic steam as is comfortable.
Massage: Use 15 drops of essential oil per 1 oz. of blending oil such as sweet almond, grapeseed, jojoba, or apricot kernel oils.
Inhalation: Use 3 - 5 drops of an essential oil on a tissue or handkerchief. Hold it under your nose, and then breathe deeply.
Environmental Fragrancing: Aromatic diffusers are a simple and effective way to fragrance a room for aesthetic and therapeutic benefits. Do not use carrier oils in diffusers, as they will clog and not disperse. Use essential oils alone, or use synergies of pure essential oils. Diffusers eliminate the need for aerosol fresheners.
Store essential oils in a cool, dark place. Keep bottles upright and tightly capped to prevent evaporation.
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