09 January 2009

Essential oils will not begin to smell or rancid like vegetable (carrier) oils over time. But, many essential oils essential oils can oxidize, deteriorate, lose their therapeutic properties, and lose the aromatic quality as time passes or if they are not stored properly. It's best to dispose of those essential oil and not try to find a suitable use for it, if it start to smell weekly or different aroma after time.

Essential oils that have aged and no longer possess the fresh and full aroma have are no longer considered therapeutic. Avoid using such oils in any aromatherapy products or application that will come into direct contact with your skin. Old oils should also be avoided in room sprays and diffusion applications where people and pets can directly inhale the volatile components of the oil.

Not all essential oils age poorly over time. Patchouli and sandalwood are two examples of oils that can mature beautifully with age.

There are a few ways that you can still get some value out of that aging oil. So, don’t get rush to throw those essential oils first. You cab use it as :
  • Fabric Softener Additive. Add several drops of a clear essential oil to your commercial fabric softener. Do not use the undiluted essential oils directly to your clothing.
  • Homemade Dryer Sheets.
  • Trash Receptacle Freshener. Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to the bottom of trash liner to help eliminate odors and detract insects and rodents. Use Peppermint to detract rodents.
  • Drain Freshener. Add 1-2 drops of your aging essential oil to a stale drain to help disinfect and eliminate the odor. Do not pour more than 1-2 drops down your drain as essential oils can harm water supplies.

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