Our essential oils 100% BIO
Essential oils are the odorant and fragrant part of aromatic plants that protect them from pests and water stress. They are extracted from the leaf, flower or bark.
Besides being pleasant and used in cosmetics and natural perfumery, they have numerous medicinal properties in aromatherapy and since ancient times they have been an alternative to antibiotics.
In the Herdade de Vale Côvo the essential oils are extracted by water vapor in a still in stainless steel from the farm plants themselves grown in organic farming.
Essential oils possess antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties and they are used to purify the air and to neutralise bad smells.
Steam inhalations of pure and water-diluted essential oils are beneficial in the treatment of respiratory conditions. They also help soothe nervousness and headaches.
When massaging the body with essential oils diluted in vegetable oil, the therapeutic properties of essential oils are added to the beneficial effects of the massage.
Perfumes and colognes
In order to make a perfume, dilute between 15-25% of essential oil in ethyl alcohol and leave it to stand for 15 days in a dark place. For cologne, dilute between 12-15% of essential oil in ethyl alcohol 70%.
Some drops of essential oils in a bubble bath help reduce everyday stress. They have proved beneficial effects in injuries and muscular pain, skin reactions, blood-pressure problems and insomnia.
Add 3 or 4 drops of essential oil into a glass of boiled water and gargle. It will help sore throat, toothache and mouth wounds.
Compresses saturated with a blend of essential oils, vegetable oil and warm water calm old injuries, alleviate muscle and menstrual pain and are effective against earache and skin conditions. Aromatic compresses with cold water are beneficial in cases of sprained joints, swelling, bruises, headaches, fever, and burns.
Body oils, body lotions and body creams
Dilute between 1-5% of essential oils in vegetable oil, lotion, or cream (approx. 20-100 drops per 100 ml).
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
People resort more and more to the essential oils of these plants to improve their well-being, health and quality of life.
Nevertheless, we recommend the reading of specialised literature and the consult of a doctor or health specialist, if you intent to use essential oils for therapeutic purposes.
It is absolutely necessary to take basic precautions such as:
Avoid contact with eyes;
Keep out of children's reach;
Do not use during pregnancy or breastfeeding;
Do not use on children under the age of 5;
For children between 6 and 12 years old, use half of an adult's dose;
Use always sporadically and in little quantities. Follow the instructions for use (inhalation, external or oral use, pure or diluted, etc.).
Ensure there is no risk of allergic reaction (apply some drops diluted in vegetable oil to the wrist and wait for one hour; inhale during 15 seconds and then wait thirty minutes).