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These tips on how to store essential oils will help any oil newbie understand the best way to store oils to keep them fresh longer. By storing essential oils correctly you’ll maintain the integrity of the oils’ components.
How to Store Essential Oils
The Secret to Keeping Essential Oils Fresh Longer
One of the most important things to know after going through Essential Oils for Beginners you need to know the proper way of how to store essential oils.
When you start collecting essential oils for beauty, skin care, or natural health, you will need to find a good place to put them. When you have just one or two, it is easy to put them on the counter or in a medicine cabinet, but you should know the proper way to store essential oils so that they can last as long as possible.
And if you’re anything like me, once you get hooked on one it won’t be long til you have a cabinet full of ‘must have’ essential oils! Seriously, I can’t even imagine living without my homemade DIY All Natural Toy Cleaner!!!
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 dark 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– these are my favorite spray bottles for essential oil blends.
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 or in a hot car (not that I’m talking from experience 😉 ). 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.
I personally like to keep my essential oils organized in this pine box because it keeps the bottles upright and the light out!
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 has gone bad and needs to be replaced.
Try not to store your essential oils in the fridge as the moisture in there can affect the composition of your oils. Carrier oils are the base oils that you mix you essential oils with like coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, etc.
Labeling Your Essential Oils
It’s important to properly label you essential oils so you don’t accidentally confuse a hot oil with a regular oil. Don’t ever remove the labels from your bottles….I even prefer to add these easy to apply lid labels to make grabbing the right oil easy. Even if you leave the label on it can be easy to confuse similar colored labels that are drastically different oils….for example, I grabbed what I thought was Lavender oil for a trip and when I arrived at my destination it turned out to be Rosemary oil….both had the same shade of purple as the label.
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