Essential oil or linen water?

Discover the multiple advantages and disadvantages of using an essential oil as well as our recommendation on the alternative to use.

What is an essential oil?

An essential oil is in fact a liquid and aromatic extract usually obtained by steam distillation from a specific plant, and which concentrates its volatile active ingredients.

This oil represents the essential of the plant, in the form of a concentrate, rich in a very large variety of active substances identified very precisely by chromatographic analysis. Both traditional methods of obtaining an essential oil are cold expression, for all citrus peels, and steam distillation, which is suitable for most plants. The latter is used to circulate steam through the plant mass to release the essences contained in the small glandular pockets and collect them, after condensation, in the form of essential oil. Nothing but natural, which allows to obtain a perfectly pure and ecological product


Advantages of the essential oil

Essential oils can relieve sore throats, stomach aches, skin or urinary tract problems, coughs, headaches, respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis or sinusitis, digestive problems, sleep, or transit problems... and many others!

Some of them are at the same time bactericidal, virucidal, acaricidal, fungicidal and insecticidal. This makes essential oils particularly effective for healing wounds and fighting infections caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi.

Herbal care is a great tool for wellness. By using them intelligently, they will allow you to face many health difficulties and discomforts in your daily life.

Essential oils are not a substitute for medicine, but their benefits are scientifically recognized for many problems. Also called aromatherapy, it can also be used for cosmetic purposes, to take care of your skin, your hair. They can also act directly on the limbic brain and soothe the emotions.

The purity and quality of essential oils are essential, that's why you should select them organic.

Disadvantages of the essential oil

The yield of an aromatic plant in essential oil is often very low, which explains its price. Too cheap, of unknown origin, the oil is often "cut" with natural and/or flammable products.

Even if these oils are derived from plants, often edible, they are far from being harmless and should be "taken with care", says chemist Ariel Fenster, from McGill University in Montreal. "As with all-natural products, just because it's natural doesn't mean it's necessarily good for you."

Once transformed into essential oil, rosemary for example, just like savory, which is safe in a beef recipe, can indeed become powerful neurotoxins. The cause? A high concentration of carvacrol, a chemical compound that can attack the nervous system.

It is important to be cautious with very strong (dermocaustic) oils such as sage, eucalyptus and cinnamon to name a few. Also, people suffering from high blood pressure, those with illnesses as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women must be attentive to the contra-indications issued by health professionals.

The Journal Le devoir informed us that Health Canada, the department in charge of supervising the trade of essential oils as well as all natural health products, "recognizes that these popular essences do not enjoy a particular status on the regulatory level". As a result, the organization is not able to clearly establish the undesirable effects of the use of essential oils.

 Finally, essential oils can ignite with heat, or the point of friction, as they are not designed to be heated. It is therefore best not to use them in the dryer, even though everyone says so and does so...

What is linen water?

Laundry water is a super economical and natural way to clean your clothes that won't cost you an arm and a leg and won't give you an allergic reaction like most popular brand name detergents and fabric softeners.

Laundry water is usually made from a list of natural products. You can find some homemade recipes made from lavender hydrosol, modified alcohol or vodka, fruit or flower extract and demineralized water.

Advantages of linen water

The great thing about linen water is that you can spray it in multiple places, easily and effectively. Here are some examples:

  • You can spray it daily on your laundry to infuse your clothes, sheets, towels with a delicate scent. Linen water can also be lightly sprayed on your sheets in the morning or just before you go to bed to refresh them and give them a soothing scent.
  • You can use it in your dryer or closet by wetting a cotton cloth with linen water and placing it in your dryer. This will lightly scent your laundry. You can also spray a few cups in your washer before sarting it.
  • In your ironing water, this will allow you to iron your clothes giving them a great scent. Dilute a 1/2 measure of linen water in a 1/2 measure of water, then put the mixture in your iron. Spray directly on the laundry and clothes before ironing. The linen water will leave a soft, light, and fresh scent.
  • You can also spray your blankets and pillows with linen water to give them a fresh, new lease on life.

Linen water is also known for its soothing and refreshing properties that promote sleep and relaxation.

Finally, the lavender fragrance is known to naturally repel dust mites.

Disadvantages of linen water

Being made of only natural products, the scent left behind does not stay on clothes as long as a chemically created perfume. It is therefore a product that must be renewed more regularly than an essential oil, for example.

There are very few disadvantages to using laundry water. If you used to use chemical products with a very strong scent, this alternative to essential oils will allow you to find a pleasant smell on your clothes (naturally, of course).