Know Everything About Essential Oils

Know Everything About Essential Oils

Essential oils are becoming popular not only for being clean and natural but for the therapeutic support they lend to a human body hence different herbs steam distilled essential oils like lavender, lime, basil, lemongrass, ginger, cinnamon are quite common for use in diffuser, cooking, bath and body oils, skin concerns, hair etc. 
Today in this blog we answer all the frequently asked questions on essential oils from their edibility, purity, make, use & how to choose the best amongst them all.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils, also known as volatile oils, are compounds that are extracted from plants. Some examples of essential oils are lavender oil, rosemary oil, lemongrass oil, and so on- all of them are made from certain parts of a plant like bark, roots, leaves, and seeds.

Watch the making of pure essential oils here

Are essential oils edible?

Yes, essential oils should be edible but in today’s world synthetically produced essential oils are flourishing the market and these synthetic oils are inedible. These inedible synthetic essential oils are meant for external use only in skin care, aromatherapy, diffusers etc. Edible essential oils are produced through the steam distillation technique and if the herb is edible like lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, fennel etc, the oil produced from these herbs too is edible. Hence, essential oils are edible. Always make sure to read the label carefully before using an essential oil for food. Synthetic essential oils are sold in the market as pure, steam distilled and therapeutic oils. And the synthetic oil producing and selling lobby spreads the wrong information that essential oils are not suitable for consumption.

Is cooking with essential oils simple?

Yes, cooking with essential oils is really easy and simple. Just read the quick guide here (how to cook with essential oils) and say not to synthetic flavors in food and beverages now onwards.

How to find the best edible essential oils brands?

Very few brands in the world sell edible essential oils. Go beyond the bottle and find out the making process. Brands like SNAANA in India produce exceptional purity fully integrated with farmers and traditional practices to revive age old therapeutic lifestyle.
Be very careful while buying an essential oil for edible purpose as many brands mislead the consumer with words pure, steam distilled etc. Use an oil for consumption only when the label clearly reads – EDIBLE.

How to use SNAANA essential oil?

It’s important to use essential oils only after dilution. And when you buy essential oils from SNAANA, make sure to use a very tiny amount, say less than 1% in your preferred cold pressed oil. SNAANA edible essential oils are purely steam distilled through traditional technique and therefore every drop is a life force – PRAN of a plant & hence very powerful & therapeutic.

What Does The Term “Neat” Mean?

The term “neat” refers to something that is pure or undiluted. In the context of essential oils, it refers to the use of an essential oil without diluting it with a carrier oil or other diluting agent. Neat essential oils are applied directly to the skin or inhaled without being diluted only under the guidance of a health practitioner. It is important to note that not all essential oils can be used neat, as some can be irritating to the skin or mucous membranes when applied undiluted. It is generally recommended to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin to reduce the potential for irritation and allow the essential oil to be more easily absorbed by the skin.

Why is high stress given to the “Pure Edible” essential oils?

This is simply because essential oil sold in the market is often inedible and meant for external use only. These synthetically prepared essential oils are fragrances that lend scent but no therapeutic value to the oil.

When using topically, do I need to dilute Essential oils?

Yes, it is very much necessary to dilute pure or say true essential oils before using them topically or orally. SNAANA essential oils are 100% steam distilled hence pure and call for dilution before use.

How to choose the best quality essential oils?

To make sure you end up buying the best quality essential oil, genuinely a steam distilled from parts of plants, always buy edible essential oils. Also buy from a brand who is very transparent in showing how it sources the raw material from farmers plus making of the essential oils.

Are there any risks involved?

Most essentials do not have any adverse side effects and are safe when used appropriately. However, as already mentioned earlier, one should never use it directly on the skin or hair. Always mix it with any carrier oil. Also, make sure to buy an essential oil that doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. Although generally, edible essential oils for hair/skin/food are safe to use, it is always recommended to do a patch test to see how your skin reacts to it.

How can you tell if an essential oil is high quality?

An essential oil can be judged for high quality through its label and usage both. For example an essential oil if edible and steam distilled can be considered high quality. Here it is important to go behind the bottle to see how the manufacturer steam distills the oil. Nowadays it is very easy to check the claims of the seller & manufacturer sitting miles away. Always look for edible essential oil too.

Isn't essential oil cooking a new fad?

No, using essential oil to flavor food or add nutrition is a traditional practice. We find it new now,  as usage of essential oils vanished from our life’s past decades with cheap & cost-effective synthetic flavors making their way everywhere in the food, diffuser, aroma oils, skincare etc.

Is there something called edible aromatherapy oils?

Yes, edible aromatherapy oils are often searched by people looking for the authentic meaning, pure and natural essential oils. In earlier times, aroma oils like lavender, lime, vetiver, holy basil, rose etc. were prepared using the herb only and not manufactured in the lab synthetically. Synthetic oils can lend aroma but are not therapeutic in nature. Hence those with awareness of the benefits of real steam distilled essential oils look for edible aromatherapy oils.

How do essential oils work when used as aromatherapy?

The phyto components and aroma of essential oils combine to produce their effects. Essential oil molecules travel through the air and enter our nasal passages when we breathe them in. There, they activate the olfactory receptors that are in charge of giving us the sensation of smell. This causes a brain reaction that may have an impact on our emotions, mood, and behavior

Where to find a chart or guide on cooking with essential oils?

You really don’t need a chart for using essential oil in cooking the food.  If you know how to use essential oil in cooking, you simply have to replace the whole/powder herb with drops of essential oil of that very herb. The herb and its essential oil or its water (hydrosol) usually carry the same nature, flavor and aroma hence you can easily make use of essential oil in food.

Is there any simple way to DIY essential oil making at home?

No, making essential oil needs skill, equipment and technique know-how in depth. One needs quality raw material, time factor, right temperature (steam) to produce an essential oil. It is similar to our natural rain process, so here is how it works.

Making of essential oil - animated video

Are essential oils used in food?

Yes, the essential oil can be used in food and beverages. But make sure to use edible grade essential oils only.

Which essential oils are toxic to humans?

Some of the essential oils like Cypress, Cedarwood, Camphor, Wintergreen, Fir, Spikenard are generally not considered good for internal use. These plants, whole herbs – leaves or bark are not even used in cooking like we use lemongrass, Basil, Parsley, cumin, carom or coriander.

Do essential oils actually work?

Yes, pure steam distilled essential oils are highly effective and work to treat and prevent various disorders.

Are essential oils safe to breathe?

Yes, essential oils are absolutely safe to breathe if you are not allergic to any herb whose essential oil is distilled and used for inhalation.

What are the side effects of essential oils?

Essential oils are safe to use however if not used the right way, right dose, they may pose serious health hazards. Hence always use appropriately and reap its benefits for skin, hair and overall health.

Are diffusers good for lungs?

Yes, there is no problem in using diffusers but if you feel allergic to certain ingredients/ herbs like eucalyptus, camphor, jasmine etc. You can always take guidance from your health practitioner for your body condition if desired.

Is there a difference between expensive and cheap essential oils?

There can be a significant difference in quality between expensive and cheap essential oils. In general, higher-quality essential oils are made using pure, unadulterated plant materials, and are extracted using the most effective and clean methods of steam distillation known so far.  They are also typically free of additives and impurities. These factors can make the oil more expensive, but they also ensure that the oil is of the highest quality and will be more effective.

On the other hand, cheaper essential oils may be made using lower-quality plant materials and may be extracted using less effective methods like CO2, solvent etc. these methods produce more yield but produce inferior quality oil when compared to steam distillation. They may also contain additives and impurities, which can reduce their effectiveness. These oils may be less expensive, but they may not be as effective as steam distilled high-quality essential oils.

Do essential oils expire?

Yes, essential oils can expire. Like other natural products, essential oils can lose their potency over time and become less effective. The shelf life of essential oil depends on a number of factors, including the type of oil, the method of extraction, and how it is stored. Some essential oils can last for several years, while others may only last for a few months.

It’s important to check the expiration date on the label of the essential oil and to store it properly to ensure that it retains its potency for as long as possible. Essential oils should be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat to prevent them from degrading. It’s also a good idea to keep the lid tightly sealed to prevent the oil from evaporating or becoming contaminated

Which essential oil is good for winter?

There are several essential oils that can be helpful during the winter months. Here are a few examples:

  • Eucalyptus oil: This oil has a refreshing, invigorating scent and is known for its respiratory benefits. It can help to clear congestion and soothe coughs.
  • Ginger oil: Ginger oil has a warm, spicy scent and is known for its ability to help with nausea and to reduce inflammation. It can also help to boost circulation.
  • Cinnamon oil: Cinnamon oil has a warm, spicy scent and is known for its ability to help with circulation and to boost the immune system.

Does cold weather affect essential oils?

Cold weather itself generally does not have a significant effect on essential oils. However, some essential oils may solidify or become more viscous (thicker) when stored in cold temperatures, particularly if they contain a high percentage of saturated fatty acids.

How essential oil works for aromatherapy

Essential oils are the basis of aromatherapy, and they are plant extracts that contain aromatic compounds that are used to support physical and emotional well-being. When essential oils are inhaled or applied to the skin, the tiny molecules of the oil enter the body and interact with the body’s physiological processes.

The exact way that essential oils work in aromatherapy is not scientifically fully understood, but it is thought that the aromatic molecules of the oil interact with the olfactory system in the nose, sending signals to the brain that can affect mood and emotional states. The oils may also have a direct effect on the body, interacting with the immune system, hormone levels, and other physiological processes.

The effects of essential oils on the body and mind can vary depending on the specific oil used, the amount applied, and the individual’s body chemistry. Some essential oils may have a calming effect, while others may be invigorating or energizing. In general, essential oils are believed to support overall health and well-being, and to promote relaxation and reduce stress.

What is the ratio for diluting essential oils?

Diluting an essential oil depends on factors like whom it is used on, for what concern and how it will be used.

How much water do you put in a drop of essential oil?

Since essential oils do not easily mix with water, it is suggested to dilute them in a carrier oil like almond, jojoba, hempseed, watermelon seed, pumpkin seed etc.

Does diluting essential oils make them less effective?

Diluting essential oils does not necessarily make them less effective, but it can affect the way they are absorbed and used by the body. Diluting essential oils can help to reduce the risk of irritation and make them more comfortable to use, especially for those with sensitive skin.

How many essential oils can you mix together?

There is no specific limit to the number of essential oils that can be mixed together, but it is generally recommended to use a small number of essential oils at a time to avoid overcomplicating the blend and potentially reducing its effectiveness. Using a larger number of essential oils may also increase the risk of irritation or adverse reactions.

Why use SNAANA essential oils only?

SNAANA essential oil are one of its kind in terms of make, potency and effectiveness because the oils are

  • Edible
  • Highly therapeutic 
  • Suitable for multiple purposes like eat- inhale & apply
  • Environment friendly – made using sustainable technique
  • 100% free from chemicals/synthetics and preservatives

Fact – Essential oils usually sold in the market are meant for external use only or say cosmetic use only. 

Why Essential Oils Are Good for Hair Growth?

Essential oils can be used for hair growth due to the following reasons.

  • Promote Healthy Scalp- Essential oils improve the overall health of your scalp by nourishing it with essential nutrients. They also reduce scalp irritation as they contain anti-inflammatory properties. The health of your hair depends very much on the health of your scalp and therefore, essential oils play an important role in making your hair healthier and stronger.
  • Improves Hair Growth- Essential oils not only make your existing hair follicles thicker but also promote hair growth by improving their numbers. Therefore, people who want to grow their hair quickly can also use these oils.
  • Increases Blood Flow- Some essential oils tend to increase the blood flow to hair roots by dilating the blood-carrying vessels that are just below your skin. The improvement in hair growth induces hair growth and therefore, they can be effective in fighting baldness.
  • Antimicrobial- We all know that almost all essential oils possess antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Therefore, they can be utilized to kill harmful microorganisms and bacteria that might adversely affect your hair.

What are the top 10 SNAANA essential oils?

The top 10 best-selling & highly therapeutic SNAANA essential oils are Lavender, Lemongrass, Sweet lime, Orange, Peppermint, Fennel, Rosemary, Camphor, Ginger, and Turmeric.

What are the lavender essential oil healing properties?

Lavender is healing and soothing to the skin, body, and mind with its aromatic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Can lavender oil be applied directly to the skin?

No, a pure-unadulterated lavender oil should be diluted in an oil before applying on the skin.

Is there a difference between lavender essential oil vs lavender oil?

Yes, lavender oil is a general term to refer to oil either made by infusing lavender buds in a carrier oil or oil collected from lavender buds through the technique of steam distillation or any other preferred technique diluted in a carrier oil. The potency and thereby the therapeutic property of each oil is different. Hence, it’s important to do a thorough check before buying lavender oil. Lavender essential oil means volatile oil of lavender buds captured in a bottle through the technique of steam distillation. 

Camphor Essential Oil

Where do we use camphor essential oil?

A bottle of camphor essentials can be used for multiple purposes. Add to a diffuser to use it as an air purifier, add to skincare products like massage oils, face oil or face cream, hair oils, etc. Add to carrier oils to use as a rub during cold & cough, Add to a carrier oil to ease pain in joints & muscles.

What happens if I apply camphor essential oil on my face?

Camphor essential oil when mixed with suitable oil can help ease bacterial and fungal concerns while simultaneously working on minimizing the discoloration.

Does burning camphor purify the air?

Certainly, burning camphor purifies the air by killing germs in the surroundings. Burning camphor during auspicious (havan) times has been in tradition for centuries.

Is SNAANA camphor essential oil good for health use?

Yes, it is 100% natural steam distilled essential oil suitable for body use.

Can you put camphor oil in a diffuser?

Yes, we can use camphor essential oil in a diffuser to purify the air.

What is camphor essential oil good for?

Camphor essential oil is beneficial for the body and skin as it improves poor blood circulation to ease joint and muscle aches and helps treat and prevent bacterial and fungal infections. The oil can be used to ease congestion and facilitate easy breathing during cold and cough etc. It is long used as a disinfectant to kill germs in the surrounding area.

Basil Essential Oil

Why Some Essential Oils are considered to be unsafe for use on or around children?

Yes, SNAANA basil essential oil is edible and can be used for food purposes. Learn how to cook with essential oils at

Can this basil essential oil be safe to be used internally?

Essential oils are very powerful and children with high sensitivity may not tolerate the high dose. Hence neat essential oils are best to avoid on and around children.

Lavender Essential Oil

Can I put lavender oil directly onto the skin?

No, we suggest diluting the oil in a skin-suitable carrier oil.

Can lavender essential oils help clear my skin?

Yes, lavender essential oils can help treat and lighten acne pimples, scars, blemishes, and pigmentation.

What can lavender essential oils do for my hair?

The antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of lavender oil help improve scalp health which in turn controls hair fall, dandruff, and other hair concern giving way to healthy hair.

What is essential lavender oil good for?

The best pure edible Lavender essential oil is good to use for multiple things in day-to-day life. It is used to flavor food and beverages, tone & relax the skin & muscles and deodorize the air. This steam-distilled, bottle with multiple uses is a pure pran of lavender flower in a bottle to give you therapeutic healthy goodness.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Which part of the eucalyptus plant does the oil come from?

The oil of the eucalyptus plant comes from its long leaves & stems, which are crushed, and distilled.

What are some other uses for eucalyptus oil?

Aside from diffusers, pain relieving & respiratory concern related medications and sprayer bottles, eucalyptus oil can be found in a variety of other products such as gels, lotions, body wash, and hair care. It is soothing and healing when inhaled and applied.

What is the best way to use eucalyptus oil?

Eucalyptus oil normally works best when spread through the air in order to gain the maximum inhalation benefits because it is best known for promoting deeper breathing and acting as a decongestant. The oil is popularly used in pain relief oils/creams and treatment based skin care products etc.

Is this essential oil edible?

No, eucalyptus essential oil is usually not fit for consumption. If you are advised by any registered health practitioner then you may use SNAANA’s eucalyptus essential oil as it is steam distilled from eucalyptus leaves containing no solvents, preservatives etc.

Turmeric Essential Oil

Can this product be used on the face for de-tanning?

Yes, turmeric essential oil can help lighten skin by reducing tan and other discoloration. Dilute the oil in a face oil or suitable carrier oil like jojoba or hempseed to apply on the skin.

Does it have any negative effects?

Turmeric usually doesn’t cause serious side effects. Some people may encounter minor side effects like diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, or upset stomach. Since essential oils are powerful and therefore it is used in drops and the right way.

Can these essential oils help clear my skin?

Yes, essential oils suitable for your skin type and concern can really help address all sorts of skin issues. Just make sure to use the right essential oil and in the right manner.

Do essential oils expire?

No, the pure steam distilled essential oils don’t really go bad when stored in glass bottles and kept in cool dark place away from sunlight.

How to use Turmeric Essential Oil?

Turmeric essential oil can be used to consume and apply. Depending upon the concern- the essential oil is diluted and consumed or applied.

Can turmeric essential oil be used to reduce dark spots?

Yes, turmeric essential oil can improve the skin colour/ complexion by lightening the dark spots.

Can turmeric essential oil be used internally?

Yes, SNAANA turmeric essential oil can be consumed.

Sweet Lime Essential Oil

What essential oils are good for beginners?

It totally depends upon the requirement and the skin type. However to begin with, oils like sweetlime/lavender are good as it is all purpose, suitable for food, skin care, health and wellness and loved by all age groups including babies.

Does diluting an essential oil make it less effective?

Absolutely not; in fact, essential oil dilution pushes for long-lasting absorption. Since essential oils are purely volatile in nature, their dilution decreases immediate evaporation. As a result, the effect is longer-lasting and each drop of essential oil is more effective.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Can rosemary essential oil be used on babies and children?

Certain essential oils may be safe to use on children topically too. Kids should never take essential oils internally. Only children aged 12 and older should be exposed to rosemary oil edibility. However, it’s advised to use an even more diluted formulation than you would on an adult if you desire to use this oil on kids under the age of 12 years old.

Can I use rosemary essential oil on pets?

It is learnt that pets should not be exposed to rosemary essential oil because it might be hazardous to them. Make sure your pets are in a different room or have a way to leave the room easily if they grow uneasy if you use this oil in a diffuser.

Peppermint Essential Oil

How do you blend essential oils?

You can blend essential oils in an amber glass bottle and let it for some days. And thereafter you can start using it.

Does this have a high potency?

Yes as our essential oil is steam distilled and undiluted, thus it has a high potency in it.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Does this contain glycerin?

No, it is a pure lemongrass essential oil only with no dilution or any adulteration.

Can this be used around the eye area, if so, how would it benefit that area?

Lemongrass oil is beneficial for skin but using it around eyes needs extra care as it may cause stinging and dryness if not diluted in apt percentage and in right carrier oils.

Is this oil cold pressed?

No. it is a steam distilled oil.

Does this need to be mixed with a carrier oil for topical use? Thanks!

Yes, it is a 100% pure steam distilled edible lemongrass oil that needs dilution before use.

Fennel Essential Oil

How can we use fennel essential oil?

Fennel Oil can be used in many different ways, including: In a diffuser, In inhalation blends, In skincare, In massage blends, In natural fragrances

What are the benefits of Fennel Oil?

Fennel Essential Oil helps in fighting oxidative stress and Inflammation. It Improves Irritable Bowel, fights Colic in Infants and relieves Digestive Distress.

Clove Essential Oil

Is this safe to diffuse around children and pets?

Yes, diffused in lighter notes meaning mild diffusing is healthy and good for the body especially during winters.

Do we have to dilute it before use?

Yes. It is a very powerful oil and should be diluted before using it.

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