Essential Oil Storage

Stuff you need to know about storing your essential oils

Essential oils are powerful botanical substances, so it's important to learn proper methods for essential oil storage.

Essential oil manufacturers recommend that all essential oils be stored in dark glass, aluminum or PET plastic bottles.

There are two main reasons for this:

  1. They are light sensitive. Light causes most essential oils to degrade, losing their aroma and therapeutic properties over time. It's okay to store aromatherapy recipes in clear glass or PET plastic jars or bottles if you'll be using the product within a few weeks.

  2. Essential oils are mild solvents - they eat most plastics. This can cause toxins to be released into your aromatherapy recipe. Not good! PET plastic is the only plastic not destroyed by essential oils. Undiluted essential oils really need the protection of dark glass, but aromatherapy recipes can happily live in amber, cobalt or green PET plastic bottles and jars.

One final point: It's really not a good idea to store aromatherapy products in the bathroom - it's too warm and humid in there. Undiluted essential oils in particular need to be kept in a cool, dry place. I store a lot of my aromatherapy recipes in the fridge, especially my massage and bath oils.

Where to Get Stuff

You can get some wonderful therapeutic grade essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. Their quality is excellent, their prices are good, and many of their essential oils are organic.

They also have some nice glass jars for storing your aromatherapy bath salts and body scrubs. (Just remember to use them up quickly if you choose clear glass - they're light sensitive.)

And click here to see their blue and amber glass bottles for storing aromatherapy oils, lotions and potions.

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