What sets Absolute Essential apart from other essential oil suppliers?

Absolute Essential is the only certified organic and vegan company that sources sustainable, therapeutic-grade plant oils from artisan producers, worldwide.

What do you mean when you say Absolute Essential is a sustainable business?

Solid environmental strategies are a focus for all levels of our business, and we make community and economic choices to include everybody’s future health. The Natural Products New Zealand organisation has awarded us three times with their Sustainability Award, plus an inaugural Supreme Business Award for exemplary sustainable practice.

What is an essential oil?

An essential oil is the liquid that is extracted from the flowers, leaves, stems, roots, bark or seeds of a plant. Typically it’s obtained by distillation and features the characteristic therapeutic odour of the plant (or other source) from which it has been extracted.

What is a carrier oil?

A carrier oil is a plant oil press-extracted from the plant parts with higher fat content, often the kernels, seeds or nuts. Because of the concentrated nature of essential oils these carrier oils are used for dilution and 'carry' the desired essential oil properties safely into the skin. Carrier oils bring their own therapeutic benefits and which you choose may depend on your needs, as well as the essential oils you are planning to use. Generally speaking, carriers have a subtle aroma that does not interfere with essential oil therapy. While some carriers have a high vitamin E content that makes for a longer shelf-life, they can go rancid over time (around 18 months) and keep better at low temperatures (store in fridge when not in use). Although heat processing is common because it produces greater quantities of oil, the nutrient value of the oil can be seriously affected. For therapeutic purposes only buy cold-pressed or expeller-pressed virgin oils. Extra virgin and virgin oils offer the true quality first extractions. Beware. Unless clearly stated, any oils that are not virgin may involve solvents to extract further oil from the pulp, and this very impure process is sometimes even referred to as "cold pressed" (because no heat is involved) to allude to authentic organic process.

What exactly is an essential oil Pure Blend?

Absolute Essential Pure Blends are undiluted blends of pure essential oils based on prescriptions at our Natural Health Clinics, supported with 30 years of safe, professional knowledge. Single essential oil uses apply (diffusion, sometimes bath and inhalation, and diluted for skin) but through synergy they offer higher healing potential and efficiency.

What is aromatherapy and how does it work?

Authentic aromatherapy is the application of 100% pure essential oils and complementary plant extracts to enhance healthy body process. The essential oil molecules interact with receptors in the body - most importantly those connected to the endocrine and nervous systems, which together regulate almost all physiological processes. The quality of the essential oils is key to promoting a positive therapeutic response.

What is the difference between aromatherapy and Therapeutic Plant Oils?

Therapeutic Plant Oils (TPOs) are used in the practice of quality aromatherapy. The term TPO represents an important shift in standards that separates us from the loose term that aromatherapy has become, being used too broadly without any standard measures of quality or content. Even synthetic, mass-produced products can be found brandishing the word aromatherapy to cash in on an association with natural ingredients. So, if you see the word aromatherapy or even essential oils on a product it doesn't necessarily mean the same thing as AE Therapeutic Plant oils that are 100% pure, made from integral organic processes. The way a therapeutic oil is grown, harvested, processed and handled ensures that the medicinal value of the final essence retains the original living plant's molecular efficiency. Unlike the faster, expanding influence of high heat methods used for mass production, minimal heat and slow extraction methods for therapeutic grade oils keep the molecules small which allows them to be transported and to travel deep into body systems unhindered.

How do I use my essential oils?

Click here for our quick-guide chart, Otherwise here are some pointers on the most popular methods of application.
DIFFUSION is the method of warming your essential oils to allow the natural release of therapeutic vapors into the surrounding air. The instructions will vary depending on the method of diffusion you use (ultrasonic or reed). Use to 10 drops of essential oil in water replenished hourly for our ceramic ultrasonic aroma diffuser – or simply empty a bottle of our essential oil into the bottom of your ceramic reed diffuser, let it soak up through the reeds and it will last around 4-6 weeks (turn the reeds occasionally). INHALATION AND STEAM INHALATION are very straightforward practices. 2-6 drops on a tissue held close to the nose for inhalation (start with 1 drop for caution to sensitivity). Or 2-5 drops to two cups of bowling water and lean over to inhale the vapors. (Again a note of caution to sensitivity, use a smaller amount for first time use). Inhalation is particularly beneficial for upper respiratory conditions such as sinusitis or hay fever. MASSAGE THERAPY is a great way to get the best out of your essential oils. Invest in a quality carrier oil such as organic Avocado oil and blend 1 drop to 1ml of carrier for direct body application. You can either add a single essential oil - Lavender alone will give you a blend for relaxation, aches and pains, and respiratory support - or utilise one of our many professional Pure Blends such as Muscle Tonic or Stress Less. As you become more proficient with your own oils, you will be able to create bespoke massage blends to suit your individual therapeutic needs. BATH creates a lovely sense of ritual and relaxation for essential oil therapy. Add 6-10 drops of essential oil/s or Pure Blend to a half cup of milk/soya milk, (add if you like 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt), mix well into bath water. This preparatory blending offers a cautionary measure against sensitivity, assists the absorption of essential oils into your body, and improves oil dispersion in water. Always read the specific directions for your chosen essential oil, and be aware that 15 minutes is the maximum recommended soaking time, before released toxins begin to be reabsorbed by the body.

How should I store my essential oils and blends?

You can considerably extend the life of your essential oils if you keep them in the fridge or a cool, dark place. In general you will maintain their continuous quality by keeping them in the box supplied, with lids closed well and away from direct sunlight and fluctuating temperatures. Essential oils are flammable substances and should be kept in a safe place, away from children.

How can I be sure that the essential oils I use are safe?

Buy from a reputable source and follow professional directions for safe application.

Can I use an essential oil neat on my skin?

As a general rule it’s better to dilute 5-10 drops of essential oil to a 1⁄4 teaspoon of carrier oil. A few, like Manuka or Lavender, are fine for most people in small amounts, but most require dilution. Always defer to cautious use, and follow directions. Our Mother & Child marked essential oils and pure blends are safe for most adults to use on pulse points and therapeutically.

Are there any instances when essential oils would be dangerous to use?

Some essential oils have properties that are considered dangerous for certain conditions. Pregnancy, asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure... if you have a condition to consider, always consult a healthcare professional.

Is it unsafe to take essential oils internally?

We cannot officially recommend that you take any essential oil internally, unless you have been to see a qualified practitioner who has given you clear directions for safe usage and correct dilution/dosage. You should always check that any essential oil you wish to take internally is organically certified, and of the highest medicinal grade. (If an oil is ingested by accident, drink fatty milk and seek advice, do not drink water or induce vomiting.)

Is special care needed when using essential oils during pregnancy, on babies and on children?

Yes it is. But all Absolute Essential products that are safe for use during pregnancy and with babies and children are easy to identify as they carry the Mother & Child symbol. We recommend that you keep scent around babies simple and gentle, provided no specific conditions exist. You could try Rose, Lavender Sweet and Chamomile Roman, as they are beautifully soft, soothing and nurturing. Dosage guide: Pregnancy: use 1/2 the recommended dosage on our Mother & Child-safe products. Babies: use 1/8 to 1/4 the recommended dosage on our Mother & Child-safe products. Children: use 1/2 the recommended dosage on our Mother & Child-safe products. Please note: There are definitely some oils that should be avoided during pregnancy. Information on which ones does vary depending on your source. At Absolute Essential we have managed a specialist health clinic that includes a maternity and young families focus for over 15 years. Safety is a top priority and all our blends are very carefully researched. If you are pregnant we suggest that you use our Mother & Child web directory to see which essential oils are recommended and beneficial to you. All the products in that section contain guidelines for very safe usage. At Absolute Essential all products that are safe for pregnancy and maternity carry the Mother & Child symbol. If the symbol is on a product that is not specifically in the M&C range the recommendation is a half dose or less.

At what age can I start using your baby care products?

You can start the products from around 3 weeks. Our recommendation is to dilute them by 50% with a pure quality carrier oil until around three months. This is for extra safety and because the newborn system is much more receptive and really only requires a tiny amount.

At what age can I start to use essential oils on my children?

On our website all essential oils that are mild enough for use during pregnancy and on children carry the Mother & Child symbol. We recommend a half dose for children from 3yr upwards. For younger children we suggest ¼ the amount. As babies are very sensitive to everything, the only essential oils which we recommend are pure Rose, Lavender & Chamomile Roman. In general it is safer and simpler to use ready-made baby blends from a source that you trust.