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#1 ALWAYS DILUTE

Diluting

Diluting

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DILUTING

What exactly is diluting an essential oil and why is it so important?

 

Diluting just means you are using an carrier oil to decrease sensitivities to the skin when using essential oils. These are lipid based substances. The most popular are pure vegetable based oils including: coconut oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil and almond oil.

 

Many people believe diluting an essential oil will make it less effective. But this isn’t true! When you dilute an essential oil it increases the surface area of absorption, enhances absorption through dry skin, and prevents sensitivities. It is extremely beneficial to dilute essential oils and decreases the chance of skin sensitization.  It is never wrong to dilute, especially when using oils with a more potent chemistry and on kids.

 

I personally use fractionated coconut oil. It is non-aromatic so it doesn’t interfere with the aromatic benefits of using an essential oil, it’s stable at all temperatures and has a longer shelf life.

#2 NEVER PLACE IN EYES, EARS, OPEN WOUNDS

NEVER EVER NEVER (ever, promise ok?) use essential oils in your eyes, ears and in open wounds. There are so many other efficient places to use essential oils to get amazing effects. Keep essential oils out of these places.

#3 USE A 

REFERENCE GUIDE

I can’t stress how important reference guides are to using essential oils.It isn’t about knowing all the answers, but knowing where to find them. Don’t let fear of something new keep you from learning and being empowered in your own home to be proactive in your health. Use the resources that professionals, doctors and researchers have already done to guide you in your use of essential oils.

#4 ALWAYS TEST FOR SENSITIVITIES

Sometimes people like to use essential oils NEAT. This just means straight on the skin with no dilution. While this isn’t always a bad idea, you need to be careful on where and how you are using it. Oils that are hot or have a more potent chemistry will irritate the skin if you put it on the skin straight. An example would be oregano. This oil is EXTREMELY hot. In fact my husband has used oregano to burn a skin blemish.

 

However, even if an oil is more mild, you may still be sensitive to it. So always test for sensitivities before using a new essential oils. An interesting way to test that I learn from an essential oil guru is to put just a little on the inside of your elbow pit. (Elbow pit? Is that a correct term? You get the idea) This skin is extremely thin and will be more sensitive You will be able to tell right away. If it is sensitive, use a vegetable based oil layers on top to soothe the skin. (NEVER water)

#5 FOLLOW THE LABELS ON THE BOTTLE

Some of only for aromatic use which means through smell. Some will have a dietary use on the back and can be use internally very carefully. Some will tell you right on the bottle that they are cut with other oils, and you should run the other way from these bottles. Make sure you are reading the labels of the essential oils you are using carefully to ensure you are using that specific oil correctly.

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