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Proper Method of Storing and Packing Your Essential Oils

Updated on December 26, 2015

Storing Essential Oils

Essential oils are delicate substances that must be stored or packaged in the ideal manner to ensure that the chemical constituents are well preserved or to avoid turning it into a toxic material that could endanger health when consumed by humans. This precaution applies on both pre-bottled essential oils bought off the health shop or homemade essential oils. To prevent any hazards from the use of essential oils, make sure to take note of the following storing and packing guidelines.

Suggested Container for Storing Essential Oils

Your most basic step to ensuring that your storing habit for essential oils is actually contributing to the preservation of these oils. Depending on the type of essential oil you use, it could last for several months or up to a year, provided that you take note of proper storage mechanism to ensure that it does not go rancid quickly. One of the best ways to extend the shelf life of the essential oil is through the proper selection of containers. Others might think that this is quite an obvious advice but it must be kept in mind to ensure that the container used for storing the oil does not contribute to its rapid spoiling.

If you've been using essential oils for quite a while now, then you're probably aware that dark colored glass containers are the ideal way of storing these natural oils. Plastic is ill-advised as exposure to the oil over a long period of time could cause the chemicals from the oil to mix with those found on the plastic material. Thus, the oil components become contaminated and is therefore unsafe for use in aromatherapy. In the end, a good essential oil container is something that is able to retain or maximize the average storage life for a given oil.

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Aromatherapy Bottles

Aside from dark colored glass containers, there are tons of other aromatherapy bottles that you can use to preserve the components of the oil. In addition to carefully picking the oils based on its ability to prolong the shelf life of the essential oil, you also need to consider a few basic factors such as the size and quantity of the oil you want to use over a given period, or your convenience in storing them. Below are some tips you might want to consider when shopping for essential oil bottles in the market:

  • Aromatherapy bottles are available in variant sizes, from as small as 5ml to as much as 15 ml. Thus, you can choose a bottle to buy based on the amount of oil you purchased and finding the most appropriate sized bottle for it.
  • If when buying the oil you get them in a plastic or clear bottle, then make sure to purchase a separate bottle for storing it for later use. For this one, you'll need a dark colored glass container, specifically amber and cobalt colored ones.
  • If you really cannot find any of the suggested dark colored glass containers, aromatherapists believe that aluminum bottles are an acceptable alternative.

The Importance of Bottle Stoppers

The facilitate in the maximum preservation of the essential oil and ensure that you can use them up until the recommended shelf life, then you might want to consider buying bottle stoppers. This type of cap is very useful in sealing the contents of the bottle, especially in the case of essential oils wherein the aroma and fragrances could easily dissipate. However, you must not only settle for just about any type of bottle stoppers since there are ideal ones for that.

The cap known as orifice reducer is the best known form of essential oil bottle stopper. It is very tiny in size with an opening in the top wherein the oil is allowed to pour out. Thus, you can restrict the amount of oil that is used and keeping the amount according to the proper dosage, regardless of which type of aromatherapy use it is intended for.

Expert aromatherapists warn about using rubber droppers though to seal your aromatherapy container. In fact, this must be highly avoided since they believe that when the rubber is exposed to the oil's high amount of concentration over a period of time could potentially turn it into a gummy substance. That substance could mix with the oil and turning it into something toxic.

Aromatherapy Storage Boxes

This type of essential oil container is ideal when you are packaging or storing large amounts of oil, whether for long-term storage or travel purposes. Despite the fact that aromatherapy storage boxes are available in variant materials, the wooden variety remains the most commonly opted for. These storage boxes are now widely available in various aromatherapy shops that sell specialty products. Aside from the material used for making the box, they also differ in terms of the size. And you can choose one based on the number of essential oil bottles you wish to contain into the box for packaging and storing.

Ideal Storing Temperature

Another vital factor to consider when storing and packaging essential oils include the storage temperature. Once you have picked the best storage container for the essential oil, one must not stop your efforts there and ensure that you place those bottled essential oils in the right temperature. To preserve essential oils, storing in cool and dark places is the most ideal.

First off, storing in dark places will ensure that there is minimal light exposure and prevent the oil from turning rancid quickly. In addition, cool areas help to maintain the natural form of the oil with harming its chemical composition. You must also avoid storing essential oils near a heat source or in areas that could expose them directly to the sun.

Additional Tips for Storing and Packaging Essential Oils

For more additional tips that has not already been covered above, here are some important reminders that every essential oil user has to know:

*Some types of essential oils, namely absolutes, solidify when you store them in extremely low temperatures. A substantial amount of research is therefore useful in keeping you informed on which oils are considered absolutes and figure out the most appropriate storing pattern.
*You must also be extremely careful when heating these oils to regain their liquid form and make sure to maintain low heat to avoid disrupting the natural chemical composition of the oil.
*There are a few essential oils (including chamomile) that produce discoloration during storage. For those who did not know better, they'd assume the oil has gone rancid and quickly throw it away. Again, enough knowledge of essential oils and their corresponding storage properties is useful in saving you money in the long run.

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    Sharon Douglas 6 years ago from GA, United States

    great hub