Seemingly, this is a question which is exceptionally easy to answer: which is better, fragrance oil or essential oil? Well, the answer to that question may not be as easy as you may think. If you tend to think, that it. I am not judging you if you aren’t, mind you. Why, it took me some nice amounts of time to get thinking about all kinds of stuff! But I digress…
So, essential oils are the go-to products. After all, they have a history, they have a proven track record, they have the “natural” thing going for them strong, and they are, truly, some of the best-smelling, quickest-acting, longest-lasting, peace-bringing, bacteria-busting, virus-smashing, sleep-induing, free-radical-reigning substances out there. And that is just the tip of the vial.
So, In a blog post, Maple Holistics reviewed the whole fragrance oil VS essential oil thing. Eventually, even though both of these substances have advantages and drawbacks, you have to give the nod to the essential oils. But you really do need to know what you are doing. These are some of the most potent oils we know of, and they can act as irritants and harming agents if they are misused.
Some are not to be taken internally, some are not to be put on the skin topically (at least without the use of a carrier oil), some are better off burned or otherwise inhaled rather than be massaged into the skin during a session. Of course, this all has to do with the condition of the patient, the type of oil used, and the advice given by the qualified aromatherapist and/or doctor.
And in cases when there is no professional, make sure to do proper research and familiarize yourself with the oils you are about to be handling. This is a cardinal rule of essential oils.
I use peppermint oil on my scalp every few days, and I carry it on the back of olive oil. This has proven to be highly effective in my dry scalp issues. But I am well aware of the fact that if I should overdo it, my scalp will get all out of sync, and then that can cause issues with oily flaking, and greasy hair which is waaaay too greasy. Not problems I want to deal with, thanks. It is that kind of thing which can deter certain individuals from even coming near essential oils, but in fact they have so many advantage for our mind, our body, our surroundings, and our everyday life. It is impossible for me to give them up, and I am so glad that essential oils are still getting respect after all these thousands of years.
As for fragrance oils, they are issues of their own. I wouldn’t knock them. They have their place, sure, but I feel it is more closely related to the business and industry worlds, and less to the individual and his or her home. In the latter cases, you would want to get yourself some quality essential oils and educate yourself on how to use them properly.