How do you properly store your essential oils? Pure essential oils are a wonderful way to improve and maintain health, but these amazing gifts from nature can become much less potent and lose their therapeutic value if they're not stored properly. Understanding how to properly store your essential oils becomes easy when you know the three primary things that hurt them. Sunlight/UV, oxygen, and heat are the main threats to the potency of your oils.
The first step in properly storing your essential oils is to ensure
that they are kept out of sunlight and away from strong UV sources such
as sun lamps and tanning beds. Store all of your essential oils in dark
amber or cobalt colored glass bottles with secure, screw-on tops and
never place them on a window ledge or anywhere sunlight will shine on
them. You should also consider placing your bottles in an opaque
container for additional protection.
Next, ensure that your unused essential oils receive minimum
exposure to air. While pure essential oils don't go rancid like some
pure vegetable oils can, they can oxidize when exposed to air for too
long, decreasing their potency and therapeutic benefit over time. When
you're not actually dispensing an oil be sure to keep the bottle closed
with a secure, screw-on top. While you are dispensing an oil, you should
also take care to use an orifice reducer in the bottle. An orifice
reducer is a small insert inside the mouth of the bottle that acts like a
built-in dropper and reduces the flow of air into the bottle. Many
essential oil producers supply the orifice reducer with their bottles
but you can also purchase them from various suppliers if needed.
Lastly, make sure to store your essential oils away from heat. Most
oils you use frequently will be fine at regular room temperatures but
cooler is better since higher heat will accelerate the degradation of
your essential oils. So, never store your essential oils near heating
vents or appliances that give off heat when they operate and consider
placing some of your oils in the refrigerator door...especially citrus
oils and those in a larger bottle that will take longer to use.
However, never freeze your oils.
Whether you're using essential oils to reduce stress, relieve pain,
sleep more soundly, support your immune system or digestive system, pure
essential oils that are properly stored can give you therapeutic
benefits for a long time to come.
Ben Crabtree is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Neuromuscular
Therapist, and Essential Oil enthusiast in San Antonio, Texas. His
successful private practice is dedicated to relieving pain through the
use of several massage and bodywork techniques as well as the
application of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. See his site MassageByBen.com