What is an essential oil?
An essential oil is a completely natural, concentrated liquid, derived from parts of a variety of different plants using steam distillation or extraction. This includes the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin or peel. All the oils we use are Soil Association Organic which this means that they are free from harmful toxins - better for the body and for the environment.
Because of their molecular structure, essential oils evaporate completely leaving no residue behind them. This which also means they pass straight through the body leaving only their beneficial properties behind.
What are their uses?
The distillation process results in the concentration of all the powerful healing compounds of a plant into a single oil. Just one small drop of an essential oil can have a powerful effect.
Essential oils have been used for thousands and thousands of years in cultures across the world for medicinal and health purposes. Often used in Ayurveda, aromatherapy and alternative medicine - essential oils can be smelt, massaged, bathed in and ingested. Many have healing properties including being a natural antiseptic and antiviral, inducing relaxation, helping with anxiety and stress, balancing hormones, helping with digestion, detoxification, boosting energy levels, skin and hair health and many, many more.
As a result, they are the perfect multi-faceted ingredients for flavouring our natural oral care products, providing us with pure, whole flavours for our Natural Toothpastes, Oil Pulling Mouthwash, Toothsoap and Natural Flosses.
Essential oils can be powerful and their use should be approached with care and caution. The essential oils we use in our products are all food-grade so are safe for ingestion, however, make sure you read up before trying any DIY concoctions.
The Essential Oils we use and their properties
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
Peppermint Essential Oil, steam distilled from the flowering tops of the Peppermint plant has a characteristic fresh and 'head-clearing' scent. Its uses include being inhaled from a tissue as 'smelling salts' for shock and concentration, boosting concentration, or to quell motion sickness and aid digestion. It’s also an effective antispasmodic. The fresh smell and taste make it the ideal ingredient for toothpaste and so does its antiseptic and antiviral properties.
Spearmint (Mentha Spicata)
Spearmint Essential Oil comes from steam-distilling the flowering tops of the Spearmint Plant. This essential oil has a warm, rounded, minty scent. It has a milder flavour and smell than Peppermint, so works well for children and those who prefer a milder taste. It's also a natural antiseptic and is often used in room sprays against cold and flu, clearing the head and aiding concentration
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Tea Tree Essential Oil comes from the leaves and twigs of the Tea Tree plant which has a papery bark, small white spring flowers and the yields a spicy, aromatic, thyme-scented oil. As a result of its clean scent and antiseptic properties, its used a lot in cleaning products and medicines. There is wide research to confirm its antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and immuno-stimulant properties and you can find it in everything from verruca, spots, cold sores and anti-nit treatments - to antiseptic soaps. It has also been used throughout history to heal cuts, treat burns, and as a topical application for infections
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)
Ginger Essential Oil comes from the steam distillation of unpeeled rhizomes of the Ginger plant which has a warm, pungent, spicy ginger aroma. Ginger is a fundamental ingredient in Chinese and Indian cuisine. Its digestive qualities are widely used to suppress feelings of nausea, including travel sickness and morning sickness. You'll often find it in soothing and warming winter drinks. Ginger is also widely used by commercial food, drink and beauty industries and is also added to several over-the-counter medicines and digestives. A single drop in massage blends helps to relieve muscular pain, rheumatism and fatigue.
Find in our Ginger Natural Toothpaste
Lemon Peel (Citrus Limon)
This Essential Oil is extracted from fresh lemon peel. Its lively scent is refreshing and clearing, aiding concentration - it has been shown to increase productivity amongst office workers. The scent is heavily associated with freshness and cleanliness and is widely used in medicines, cleaning products, cosmetics and soaps and can even help purify water in emergency situations.
Lime Peel (Citrus Aurantifolia Peel)
Lime Peel Essential OIl is steam distilled from the semi-ripe peel of limes. The oil has a sharp and bitter taste but once expressed gives a clean and fresh fragrance with citrus undertones. It's an uplifting oil that helps to lift blends and is useful for helping with depression and anxiety. It's also a powerful anti-oxidant.
Find in our English Peppermint Oil Pulling Mouthwash
Mandarin (Citrus Reticulata)
Mandarin Essential Oil is a yellowy-orange expressed peel oil that has a lively fresh citrus scent with sweet undertones and an energized, happy effect. Its perfect for more delicate and sensitive users such as children, elderly and pregnant women. This oil is used to spark feelings of happiness and also eases upset digestive systems and can stop hiccups.
Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha)
Myrrh Essential Oil comes from the Myrhh plant, a thorny shrub that has 4-petalled yellow-red or white flowers and trifoliate aromatic leaves. Wild collected Myrhh has been treasured for its long-lasting aroma since the garden of Eden - as the earliest biblical and Egyptian incense. It can be used to heal wounds, rejuvenate skin, prevent fatigue and lower blood cholesterol. The steam distilled amber oil has a rich spicy aroma with a hint of sweetness, and its uplifting, positive scent makes it useful for meditation and healing. Its medicinal qualities mean that its often used in toothpaste and as an effective tincture for mouth ulcers. It is also an effective antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and promotes skin healing, especially good for slow healing wounds and chesty coughs.
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark)
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil comes from the Cinnamon Tree a tropical evergreen tree that has aromatic bark, wood and leaves with a sweet, rich, mellow spicy aroma, silky panicles of tiny cream flowers and purple berries. It is a digestive and quells nausea. Although Cinnamon Bark oil is too toxic an irritant for domestic or skin use, it's powerful sweet, dry, spicy odour is used in a lot beauty and medicinal products. As well as being an enticing natural flavouring it’s also a powerful antiseptic.
Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)
Basil Essential Oil comes from the sweet-spicy clove-like scent of Sweet Basil leaves. Basil is often used to flavour foods and as a garnish. Stem distillation of the flowering tops and leaves and has a refreshing, energizing fragrance and can be used to revive dizzyness and fainting spells. It’s also an antiseptic, general tonic and antiviral.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Bergamot Essential Oil is a pale green to greenish yellow oil extracted from the peel of the Bergamot fruit. It has a fresh, lively, fruity floral scent which is energizing and said to inspire confidence. You'll find it in numerous cosmetics and scents and it provides the perfume of Earl Grey Tea. Bergamont is seen as a strong, comforting oil for those suffering from grief, depression and anxiety and is great to treat skin infections and spots. It’s also a refreshing, natural antiseptic for colds and flu, which is also why it's an effective ingredient in our oral care products.
Find it in our Red Mandarin Natural Toothpaste
Eucalyptus Leaf (Eucalyptus Globulus)
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is made from steam distilled leaves and young twigs of the Eucalyptus plant. Like many of the other oils, it's a natural antiseptic, antiviral and an expectorant. The Tasmanian Blue Gum variety is clear, light and refreshing and is used medicinally as everything from a natural insect repellent to being an antifungal and treating pulmonary TB.
Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare Fruit)
Fennel Essential Oil comes from Fennel seeds and has a stimulating, liquorice-like flavour and aroma. It's widely known as a powerful digestive, improving gut health. It also helps heal wounds reducing anti-bacterial activity and contains Antioxidants and Antimicrobial Characteristic
Cardamom Essential Oil comes from the steam distillation of the dried seed pods of the Cardamom plant. It's uplifting and energizing and is said to help people who are challenged with stress, fatigue and depression. Due to their chemical composition, the pods have a strong flavour that gives off a cooling sensation that's almost minty. It's widely used as a cold relief, a mouth freshener, an energy booster, a blood circulator, for radiant skin and a healthy metabolism. Like many of the other oils, it's also a natural antimicrobial.
Find in our Cardamom Silk Natural Floss