Storing Essential Oils
Like herbs and botanicals, most essential oils have a shelf life of at least one year if stored properly. Some can be stored for several years. Other essential oils, such as citruses, may degrade sooner, so you’ll need to become familiar with the shelf life of each essential oil you store. When labeling essential oils, be sure to include the expiration or best if used by date.
Essential oils should be stored in amber or cobalt glass bottles. Do NOT store in plastic bottles. Some companies will ship essential oils in plastic, which is not a great idea. Place the essential oils in a glass container as soon as they arrive. Plastic will degrade your essential oils, rendering them without their beneficial properties. Since many of these oils are expensive, you will want to protect your investment.
Store the essential oils in a cool, dark place. Do not leave the bottles open, as they will evaporate. Handle the oils with care. Because of their concentration, it is not advisable to allow the essential oils to come in direct contact with your skin. Some exceptions are lavender and tea tree oils. If you get essential oils on your skin, wash it off with soap and water immediately to avoid adverse skin reactions.
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