We encourage you to learn more about the science behind essential oils! The following recommendations apply only to Veriditas ECOCERT organic essential oils. We cannot vouch for the quality of other companies’ essential oils. As mentioned, most brands on the American market should never be taken internally, as many contain pesticide residues and are not 100% pure, certified organic oils.
You can Download the chart below of oils categorized by functional group and their primary constituents.
Use with Caution
It is important to note that because essential oils are so concentrated that they can melt plastic and styrofoam. When using essential oils only use HDPE high density polyethylene. It should have one of these symbols on it.
The recommended amount for internal use depends on which essential oil you’re using and its quality. For more information, we suggest Advanced Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD or any of Kurt’s books for a strong foundation in Aromatheraphy. Each of the Veriditas oils below may be mixed with the following “carriers” for ingestion: 2 oz. water/juice, 1 tsp. honey, 1 sugar cube, or 1 tsp. olive oil. (The best rule of thumb, is to START WITH ONE DROP for these recipes. You can add more to taste, or as needed.)
1-10 drops per day: Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange
1-5 drops per day: Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree
1-2 drops per day: Anise, Basil, Bergamot, Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, Cocoa in Jojoba, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Fennel, Rose Geranium, Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine in Jojoba, Lavender Reserve, Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Oregano, Pine, Ravintsara, Rose Absolute, Rose in Jojoba, Rose Otto, White Rose, Rosemary Cineol, Spearmint, Thyme Linalol, Thyme Thymol, Vanilla in Jojoba, Ylang Ylang
These Veriditas By Pranarōm essential oils are listed on the GRAS list of the FDA.
“GRAS” is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe. Under sections 201(s) and 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive, that is subject to premarket review and approval by FDA, unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use, or unless the use of the substance is otherwise excluded from the definition of a food additive.
Please note that all of these oils MUST BE PROPERLY DILUTED to be considered safe.
Anise, Basil, Bergamot, Cardamom, Carrot, Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Cocoa in jojoba, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Fennel, Geranium Rose, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine absolute, Jasmine in jojoba, Lavender, Lavender reserve, Lavender Spike, Lemon, Lemon verbena, Lemongrass, Lime, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Neroli, Orange, Oregano, Peppermint, Pepper-black, Pine-wild scotch, Ravintsara, Rose absolute, Rose in jojoba, Rose otto, Rare white rose, Rosemary cineol, Sage, Spearmint, Tea tree, Thyme linalol, Thyme thymol, Vanilla in jojoba, Ylang ylang
Essential oils NOT RECOMMENDED for internal use:
Angelica Root, Atlas Cedar, Black Spruce, Blue Chamomile, German Chamomile, Calendula Co2, Carrot Seed, Cinnamon leaf, Cistus, Citronella, Douglas Fir, Balsam fir, Silver, Fir, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Eucalyptus Globulus, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Inula, Lavender Absolute, May Chang, MQV, Mugwort, Patchouli, Rosemary Verbenone, Sage, Spikenard, St. John’s Wort, Thuja, Tulsi, Vetiver, Vitex, Wintergreen, Yarrow
Blending Basics: Top, Middle and Base Notes
Creating your own fragrance is a playful art. There are no set rules as to which oils blend well together, so feel free to experiment. Start by mixing no mare than 2 – 5 oils per blend, blending drop by drop. Working in a warm room will enhance the aromatic qualities of the oils.
Most professional fragrances are composed of a balance of top middle and base notes. These three categories are based on evaporation rates. Once again, there is no hard and fast rule about which oils belong in which category or how much of each to use…. So it is up to your nose and your intuition. This is the art of blending fragrant oils!
-Top notes (5% to 20% of the blend) – have the fastest evaporation rates. These are sharp, penetrating scents that you notice first when you smell a blend. They include citrus, needle oils, eucalyptuses and mints. In general, top notes are considered stimulating and refreshing.
-Middle notes (50% to 80%) – are soft and have balanced and usually make up the majority of a blend. They include oils like roman chamomile, lavender, geranium, palmarosa, petitgrain, and clary sage. Middle notes are considered harmonizing.
-Base notes (5% to 20%) – having the lowest evaporation rates, base notes are deep and heavy and are used in blends as fixatives. Many are resins, gums or woods and they may be quite viscous (thick). Base notes, which are considered relaxing, include angelica, benzoin, balsams, myrrh, spikenard, patchouli, vetiver, jasmine and ylang.
Be sure to keep detailed notes and label of your blends so that you can reproduce your successes or adjust blends that do not satisfy you. Keep in mind that essential oils tend to vary from crop to crop, so a reproduction of a blend may differ slightly from your original.
– The Information on this page was prepared by Founder, Melissa Farris, 2006