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A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DANGERS (AND WASTE) OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS IN THEIR UNDILUTED FORM!

If you are not inclined to read the full article below, please note this important summary:

NO EXTRA BENEFITS ARE RECEIVED FROM THE TOPICAL APPLICATION OF ESSENTIAL OILS IN THEIR CONCENTRATED STATE AND POSSIBLE HARM MAY RESULT BY DOING SO.

 

Evening Primrose Carrier OilHow To Use Essential Oil In Carrier Oils

There are three basic questions to ask when considering how to use your essential oils in carrier oils:

 

#1 Why mix essential oils into carrier oils?

There are two primary reasons to mix your essential oils with a carrier oil: safety and cost savings.

While some manufacturers of essential oils might claim it is safe to apply directly to the skin without diluting first in in a carrier oil, this can be a dangerous practice if there is an unknown allergy to a particular essential oil.

Direct application of essential oils or their overuse can be particularly harmful for young children or the elderly who have sensitive body systems. A little essential oil goes a long way (see #2).

 

It was quite an eye opener to me when I “overdosed” on a topical application of peppermint oil. Several minutes after applying peppermint oil straight from the bottle to my feet, hands and neck, I experienced a very uncomfortable and disconcerting coldness inside of my body that lasted for several hours. The expression “chilled to the bones” doesn’t even describe it. More accurately, I felt like my internal organs were freezing.

Even worse than the discomfort from misuse of essential oils is the potential danger to those who might have unknown allergies to an oil, or to kids or elderly who have sensitive bodily systems.

 

It can be assumed that my friend who overdid her kids bathwater with what she thought were “safe” oils, was not the only mother who mistakenly over-applied essential oils on her children who reacted intensely to the feelings of their skin “burning”.  Incidentally, rinsing with water does not help because essential oils are absorbed directly into the body.

 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that more is better. When it comes to using essential oils, as in most things in life, awareness and moderation are good practices.

 

Besides the potential harms of using essential oils in their undiluted forms, there is a significant cost savings to diluting oils with the proper carrier oils since research indicates that no additional benefits are received by directly applying essential oils to the skin vs. mixing the oils into a carrier oils before their application. 

The mixing actually allows the oils to go further by spreading them across a wider area of skin.

Again, there seems to be and absence of awareness that NO EXTRA BENEFITS ARE RECEIVED FROM USING ESSENTIAL OILS IN THEIR CONCENTRATED STATE AND POSSIBLE HARM MAY RESULT BY DOING SO.

 

Castor Oil carrier oil for Essential Oils#2 What is the proper dilution ratio of essential oils to carrier oils?

The easiest and recommended way to mix essential oils into carrier oils is to use a dropper to add the correct amount of essential oil into the proper proportion of carrier oil.

Here is a very general formula on dilution ratios from the second edition of the second edition of Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young:

Using a 2% essential oil dilution is generally considered a safe guideline for topical application of essential oils on adults when an essential oil does not have a more restricted dermal recommendation. For children or elderly, cut the dilution in half. With children, use only essential oils regarded as safe for children unless you have educated yourself very well on aromatherapy for children.

This recommended formula that calls for an approximate a 2% dilution is 12 drops of essential oil to 1 fl. oz (30ml) of carrier oil.

They advise that for some oils (as an example lemongrass) the recommended dilution ratio of essential oil to carrier oil is higher than the general 2% rule, more like 4 drops of essential oil to one fl. oz. (30 ml) of carrier oil.

Refer to the book Essential Oil Safety for guidelines on the proper dilution for each essential oil.

One final interesting observation about essential oil dilution from these experts:

Individuals have become accustomed to heavily scented commercial fragrances, lotions, cosmetics, soaps and room fresheners that are fragranced primarily with synthetics. The aroma of a 2% dilution may seem weak or barely aromatic at first. If you’re used to strongly scented products, be assured that over time, you will begin to adjust and savor the nuances of your diluted blends.

 

Hazelnut Oil Organic Carrier Cold Pressed 100% Pure#3 What types of carrier oils can be used to dilute essential oils?

Consider your intended use when choosing a carrier oil to mix with your essential oils.

A general observation about massage oil is that heavier oils give more traction and help with deep massage and lighter oils give more slide for a more relaxing massage. Any plant or vegetable based oil can be used as a base for a massage oil.

Sunflower oil, olive oil and grape seed oil are commonly used kitchen oils that can be used for massage oils. Choose cold pressed oils to add beneficial nutritional properties to your essential oil blend.

Another carrier oil that’s commonly used in kitchens is coconut oil. The benefit of using fractionated coconut oil is that is has no scent and will stay liquid regardless of the outside temperature.

Fractionated coconut oil also has antibacterial properties and a long shelf life.

There are a variety of choices when it comes to essential oil blends. Here is a handy A to Z list of oils that you can choose from and their benefits

Apricot Kernel Oil Organic Pure Cold Pressed carrier oil

Apricot Kernel oil – good facial oil; high in Vitamins A and B which aid in healing and rejuvenating skin cells

 

ARNICA (Infused), CARRIER OIL

Arnica oil – good for inflammation and bruising, but do not use on broken skin

 

Avocado Oil Organic Carrier Oil Cold Pressed

Avocado oil – good for dry & aging skin types; rich and heavy with minor sunscreen effects

 

Calendula oil – good as a body oil; speeds up healing and moisturizing for dry or damaged skin

 

Canola Seed Oil 100% Pure Carrier Oil

Canola oil – good for massaging; absorbs easily; light in texture; odorless; very long shelf life

 

Castor Oil carrier oil for Essential Oils

Castor oil – good for sealing in moisture; a heavy oil that seals and protects

 

Essential Oils cron oil carrier oil

Corn oil – good medium-weight oil; contains vitamins and minerals that are good for skin

 

Evening Primrose Carrier Oil

Evening Primrose oil – good as an antioxidant oil so it’s often added to other Carrier Oils to prolong their shelf life

 

Grape Seed Oil Carrier Oil

Grapeseed oil – good as a massage oil and facial oil; very light and penetrates the skin quickly

 

Hazelnut Oil Organic Carrier Cold Pressed 100% Pure

Hazelnut oil – good for facials; loaded with vitamins, minerals and proteins

 

Jojoba Golden Carrier Oil. A Base Oil for Aromatherapy, Essential Oil or Massage use

Jojoba oil – good for very dry or very oily skin conditions; often added to other Carrier Oils to prolong their shelf life

 

Olive Extra Virgin Organic Carrier Oil

Olive oil – good for most preparations; “extra virgin” has the highest amount of vitamins and minerals

 

Peanut Oil Refined Organic Carrier Cold Pressed 100% Pure

Peanut oil – good basic aromatherapy oil; rich in vitamins and proteins

 

Safflower Oil - CARRIER OIL 100% Pure For Diluting Essential Oil

Safflower oil – good for softening the skin; it’s a light-to-medium weight oil

 

Sesame 100% Pure Carrier/ Base Oil

Sesame oil – good for a number of skin conditions; loaded with Vitamin E, minerals, and proteins; has an SPF of 4

 

Soy oil – good as a massage oil; high in Vitamin E

 

St Johns Wort Oil

St. John’s Wort oil – good for muscle and joint inflammations; healing properties are good for first aid uses

 

Sunflower Oil Refined Organic Carrier Cold Pressed Pure

Sunflower oil – good for massage, body lotions, and body oils; rich in Vitamin E

 

Sweet Almond 100% Pure Carrier/ Base Oil

Sweet Almond oil – good as a massage oil; loaded with protein; absorbs into the skin rapidly; odorless

 

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E oil – good for prolonging the shelf life of other Carrier Oils; very thick; antioxidant; heals scar tissue and rejuvenates skin cellular activity

 

Walnut Oil Organic Carrier Natural Cold Pressed 100% Pure

Walnut oil – good for the nervous system; medium weight; absorbs easily

 

Naissance Wheatgerm Virgin Carrier Oil

Wheatgerm oil – good for healing scars, burns and stretch marks; loaded with Vitamins A, D, and E

 

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