It's not as bad as it sounds. Those chemical ingredients? Like "methyl salicylate"? That's really Oil of Wintergreen. For some odd reason, manufacturers often choose the scary chemical names of everyday, aromatherapy ingredients. Some labels even list "Aqua" rather than water, so the most basic ingredient of all is called something that might worry the average consumer.
The most common mineral we all ingest every day is Sodium Chloride, AKA table salt. If you saw "Sodium Chloride" on your ingredient label, you'd worry, right? But "Salt"? (Well, you might still worry, but at least you know what it is). The dreaded Neroli? That's what botanists call Essential Oil of Orange Blossom (which has a much prettier ring to it, no?)
So while I'm not telling you *not* to worry about ingredients, I *am* suggesting that you educate yourself on ingredients, and understand what is truly worth worrying about! Watch this blog for more info on ingredients, essential oils, skin care, etc.
Essential Oils are:
- any of a class of volatile oils obtained from plants, possessing the odor and other characteristic properties of the plant
- used chiefly in the manufacture of perfumes, flavors, and pharmaceuticals
- obtained from various parts of the plants (as flowers, leaves, or bark) by steam distillation, expression, or extraction
- usually mixtures of compounds, and are used often in the form of essences in perfumes, flavorings, and pharmaceutical preparations
- a contented state of being happy and healthy (and prosperous)
- physical and mental soundness
- analogous to the term Quality of Life, used by politicians and economists to measure broader social effects of policies
- one of the components of overall health, which is achieved through a combination of physical, mental, emotional and social well-being.
- the therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in baths or massage
- the art & science of helping living things toward wholeness & balance using the essential oils which can be extracted from plants
- using the aromatic components of plants to facilitate healing
- a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and similar aromatic compounds from plants, for the purpose of improving a person's mood, cognitive function or health