Safety, Dilution, and Carrier Oils

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

SAFETY



  • When storing your oils, keep them out of direct sunlight.

  • Always use and store in glass containers.

  • Grab a carrier oil for dilution: coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or vitamin e oil.

  • Citrus oils can cause photosensitivity; they may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to UV rays.

  • Epileptics, and those with hyper- tension (high blood pressure), need to use extra caution using EOs high in ketones like basil, rosemary, sage, or tansy.

  • Pregnancy: A great reference book is Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern. Click here for all of my favorite Amazon oily finds

  • Keep out of reach of children.

  • Do not put inside eyes or ears.

  • If irritation occurs, do not use water to try to clear the EO, they are not water soluble. Use a carrier oil, or milk to dilute.

  • There are a ton more safety tips available to you in our groups; start low and slow.

  • With kiddos, start diluted on the bottoms of their feet.


DILUTION


Direct application onto the skin is one of the easiest ways to use essential oils. It is also a highly effective method since essential oils can easily pass through the lipid membranes of cell walls.


Essential oils are able to penetrate cells and disperse throughout the body within minutes.


The bottom of the feet is a good place to apply oils directly because of the many nerve endings and larger pores found there.


Other great areas for topical application include down the spine (especially for those immune boosting oils) and behind the ears (wonderful for oils like Stress Away, Grounding, and any other oils that aid with emotional balance.


Before you start, remember to test a small area of the skin. Apply one oil or blend at a time. Some oils are photosensitive (mainly citrus oils) so do not put on if you'll be exposing that area of your skin to direct sunlight.


When layering oils that are new to you, allow 15-30 minutes between each oil to give the body a chance to respond before applying a second oil.



CARRIER OILS


Carrier oils extend essential oils when they are applied to a large area, and can decrease skin irritation as well.


This doesn't lessen the effect of the oils, it just allows our skin to absorb them at a slower rate. Carrier oils have larger molecules than essential oils, so in order for them to pass into our skin they have to bounce past/through the larger carrier oil molecules to get there.


When applying essential oils to children, always use a carrier oil.

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