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Essential oils and skin care safety

About that essential oil you just bought,

Can you rub it on your skin? Can you dump it in the bathtub? Take it in a capsule?

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THE STOP SIGN IS THAT BIG FOR A REASON!

NOT SO FAST!

All these methods require pre-work, nothing goes anywhere straight out of the bottle. There are exceptions to that rule, which we discussed: Lavender, Helichrysum, and Tea tree oils.

In July, I posted a blog on carrier oils. Hopefully, you added one or two new ones to your shelf.

So, How do I go about using an essential oil on my skin?

DILUTION CHART IN 1 OZ OIL

%Number of dropsUsed for
1 %5-6 drops essential oilfaces, children, pregnant, compromised immune system
2 %10-12 drops essential oilmassage oils and daily use
3 %15-18 drops essential oilspecific injury of muscle, tendon and bone
4 %20-24 drops essential oillocalized areas ie., Chest congestion
5 %25-30 drops essential oilacute pain
DILUTION OF ESSENTIAL OILS IN 1 OZ (30 ML) OF CARRIER OIL

By using the chart above, for a 1% dilution in 2 oz. of carrier oil, multiply 5 or 6 drops x 2 = 10-12 drops and so on. The most common dilution is 1 or 2%. Always be safe and start with less essential oils.

I have found that 10% dilution works well to help modulate pain. I have never had to use a 25% dilution even for a severe ankle sprain or back strain. That dilution would be 25% 125-150 drops of essential oil.

The best thing to do is start on the weak side of the dilution, 1%. If that dilution is not working then blend a 2% product. Also, for a 3% dilution for a specific injury, it is important to use that product for a short duration (10-14 days), then use a 2% dilution for a more daily use. Always discontinue use if the product causes redness, rash, or burning.

Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort.

Stop using the Essential Oil and apply a carrier oil to the affected area.

Having discussed the dilution for topical skin use, in a future blog, I will discuss bath safety.

The Aromatherapy course that I participated in did not advocate the internal use of essential oils, so I will not go into that here.

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Be safe in your blending,

Crystal