Why essential oils with CBD? Part 1 of 3
If you’ve read the ingredient lists on the Lost Remedy products, you know they are heavy on essential oils. There’s a really good reason for that. Essential oils come from plants, their oils extracted either by steam distillation or CO2 extraction, depending on the particular plant. These oils have been used for millennia to treat everything from anxiety to aches and pains to acne and more.
There are three ways to use essential oils: application, inhalation, ingestion. Obviously, because our products are applied topically, we use the application method. With rare exception, essential oils are not generally used full strength. It is recommended to use a 2 percent strength, distilled into a carrier oil (I’ll talk more about this in parts 2 and 3).
Each essential oil has unique properties that help determine in which product we use it. At the same time, carrier oils also have unique properties that help determine how to pair the essential and carrier oils. For instance, how easily can the carrier oil be absorbed? Does it have antioxidant properties? Anti-aging properties? Is it a humectant, which attracts and retains moisture? All these are taken into consideration before we even create the product.
Our CBD-infused products use essential oils and carrier oils to enhance the beneficial properties of cannabinoids. Both, when combined with CBD, jump-start the CBD receptors already present in our bodies (See Cannabinoids and You). Combining the essential and carrier oils with CBD makes each product most effective. Next week, we’ll explain the benefits of CBD used topically and internally.