I do not get it, i am seeing essential oils everywhere, in detergents, air fresheners, cleaning agents, oh my.
This is terrible. Plants were put on earth for a reason. The essential oils that come from the plants Have a purpose, a therapeutic purpose And should be used only when necessary For a particular problem.
Commercial companies are taking this a bit too far.
There is no reason to put an essential oil in a detergent. If you wash your clothes properly They will come out clean and fresh. If you have the ability to hang them on a clothes line like they did hundreds of years ago, they will smell sweet and fresh
Don’t get me started on Commercial air fresheners. Most people today use commercial air fresheners to make a house smell nice. Guess what? if you keep your house clean, Your house will smell nice. If you really want to use something to give your house a pick me up, then burn some resin. Here you are using the raw material and you’re only using a piece not the concentrated essential oil that took pounds of the plant material to make your couple of drops in the air freshener.
This is a total waste to use essential oils this way. This is why so many plants are endangered.
Most people do not realize what it takes to make the essential oil.
To produce a single pound (16 oz ) of essential oil, enormous quantities of plants are required: 10,000 pounds of rose petals, 250 pounds of lavender, 6,000 pounds of Lemon Balm , 1,500 lemons, get my drift?
To put essential oil in useless products is a waste Of our environment and the Eco system.
Besides it being a waste, It can be very harmful. Some people are allergic to certain essential oils. Throwing them in the air as a freshener or putting them in a detergent, Can actually wind up making you sick. When you put them in a detergent it is getting into the clothing and if you are on certain medication and the clothing is on your body it is getting into your pores and depending on the medication and essential oil that’s in that detergent, can make you extremely sick.
There is no problem as an individual person to make a do it yourself air freshener or hand soap, because you are limiting the quantity that is going in and if you are an aromatherapist you know basically which oils to use and when.
Again You should be using the essential oils for a purpose And you should be consulting a qualified professional aromatherapist, like myself, who understands the chemical make up of these oils and has had at least 200 hours of qualified education and years of experience learning and working with these oils correctly and safely.
So please the next time you pick up a bottle of detergent or an air freshener in a store think about everything that I have said here before you make your purchase. If we stop using and abusing these plants they might still be around for future generations.
Robin B. Kessler, CCA
I am a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist who specializes in Seniors and Hospice. My passion is also these resins and support those who keep the sustainability of the all plants.