Know Your Essential Oil Common Names
Essential oils are usually called by their common names, such as Lavender, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, and so on . While these common names are usually familiar, problems can arise because an essential oil may have more than one common name. Examples are Neroli, which also goes by Orange Blossom, and Helichrysum which is sometimes called Immortelle. Common names can also sound misleading. For example, Rose geranium may sound like a mixture of Rose essential oil and Geranium essential oil, but in fact Rose Geranium comes from a single species of plant. I am an NVQ,VCTC,BABTAC qualified professional skin and body Therapist who uses both pure essential oils or pre-blends ,so you need to be aware of both the common and latin names of the plant oils they are using. Since each essential oil has its own unique therapeutic properties and safety percautions, and these can vary widely from oil to oil, it's important to identify the oil by its botanical (Latin) name in addition to its common name. you should always check the botanical (Latin) name of the essential oil to make sure there is no confusion about which oil is being used. Becoming familiar with both common names and Latin names, and make a habit of identifying the botanical name of an essential oil before purchasing it ,not only for safety but to know exactly what you are buying and what is being applied to your skin.
Here is an example list of the botanical names of double named Aromatherapy plant oils for example:
Chamomile has two names Anthemis Nobilis is Roman Chamomile and Matricaria Chamomilla is German Chamomile
Cinnamon is another with two names Cinnamomum Verum or Zeylanicum but both are Cinnamon
Frankincense has two names Boswellia Carterii and Boswellia Thurifera but both are Frankincense
An Aromatherapy oil is usually a 2% dilution of an essential oil in 98% almond or grapeseed oil which is often extremely poor value for money. In reality, this Aromatherapy Oil is just a massage oil presented in a 10ml bottle which looks exactly like the ones normally containing undiluted pure essential oils.
An Essential oil is an undiluted product that has been extracted from flowers, herbs, leaves, grasses, roots, woods, barks, spices, fruits or gum. A Therapist that is new to aromatherapy experience a great deal of confusion over this because high street shops often sell aromatherapy oils that do not inform clearly on the label precisely what is in the bottle. Therefore it is assumed to be an essential oil, when of course it is not. Very misleading, and very expensive.
Essential oil dealers and sellers should provide Material Data Sheets listing the chemical CAS number, chemical data, toxicity and other hazardous information. Correct labelling should conform to 1994 regulations C.H.I.P which is the Chemicals: Hazardous Information and Packaging for Supply , including the name of the supplier, essential oil common name, botanical name, expiry date, batch number and hazardous warnings.