Do you enjoy your essential oils on a regular basis? If so, you will want to make sure that they stay at their highest level of quality. When you start collecting essential oils for wellness, skin care, or natural health, it is important how they are stored in order to keep them fresh and potent.
Essential oils, also have a life span, so it is important to store them in a manner to be able to track their expiration date or potency. Most essential oils will last at least two years before starting to degrade. However, if they are mixed with a carrier oil it will affect their life span according to the carrier oil’s properties.
Some essential oils can last for as long as 15 years without losing their effectiveness. Many experts advise replacing your essential oils every three years to be sure the benefits of the oil is maintained.
Here are a few tips to keep your essential oils ready for you when you need them.
Keep the Oils in Their Original Bottles
The bottles that your essential oils come in are not just there for decoration or convenience; these bottles are made specifically for holding essential oils. These oils need to be placed in glass, since it helps reduce UV light that can cause damage to the essential oils. You will most likely get your oils in these dark bottles, so try to keep them in there. If you are making blends, pour the finished blend into another dark-colored glass bottle. You can usually get them at just about any store that sells essential oils or DIY products, from crafts stores to big box stores. Also try health food stores or look online.
Place the Bottles in a Cool, Dry Place
Once you have them in the right bottle, ensure they are never left out in the sun. If your kitchen or bathroom has a window and the sun can get in, you need to put the bottles inside a cupboard where it is dark, cool, and dry. Don’t put them near the edge of the shelves in whatever cupboard you store them so you don’t accidentally knock them down when opening up the cupboard or medicine cabinet door. They can be a danger for children to ingest, so try to choose a cabinet up high or one that is locked where nobody can get to them.
Store Your Carrier Oils in the Fridge
For your carrier oils, they are similar to other oil that you have for cooking. They need to be kept in room temperature, preferably in a cabinet and not left out on the counter. This is going to help prevent them from spoiling. However, if it gets hot inside your home, the pantry or cupboard is not enough to protect them. In this case, it is better to start them in the refrigerator. If you open a carrier oil bottle and it smells sour, then it is time to be replaced.
Essential oils, when stored properly, can give you a years of enjoyment, health, and wellness!