Essential Oil Resources
- Pinterest:– lots of great DYI recipes, protocols, and more..
- Modern Essentials book: for all the info you need on each oil and blend and which oils support the different body systems.
- Essentials.me: Free online resource site. Search any oil or ailment for guidance
- aromaticscience.com– Research, studies, education and more
Using essential oils can be simple and life changing. There are a few safety guidelines that should be taken into consideration:
- Use only 100% Certified Pure Grade essential oils.
- Follow all label warnings and instructions (if it does not have FDA labeling, don’t use it).
- Keep oils out of the reach of small children.
- Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, in the ear canal or on severely bad open wounds.
- Keep essential oils away from the eyes, and after applying oils, keep hands away from eye areas.
- Do not use on a child’s hands as they may transfer oils to the eyes.
- Some oils are “hot” such as cassia, cinnamon wintergreen, and oregano. Always use caution and dilute.
- Use a test spot first on your hand to see if there is any allergic reaction.
- Dilute oils when using on infants, young children, elderly and those with sensitive skin.
- If redness or irritation occurs when using topically, apply carrier oil (olive, fractionated coconut or almond oil, etc) to the affected area. Do not use water.
- Do NOT consume an essential oil internally unless it has FDA labeling
- Internal use of essential oils should be limited and only when severe aliments/challenges arise.
- Avoid the sun after using citrus oils, all citrus oils are photosensitive!
- Use oils more cautiously when you are pregnant our nursing. Essential oil Midwife is my favorite resource for this info.
Let’s Talk Dilution!
- Diluting aids absorption
- Protect sensitive skin
- Make your oils go further
Carrier oil = a vegetable oil used to dilute essential oils before applying. They help “carry” the essential oils deeper into the skin. These include coconut, almond, jojoba, avacado, olive oil, etc. Each oil has different attributes and shelf life.
Fractionated coconut oil is one of my favorites, which is he most shelf-stable carrier oil is coconut oil. This is separates the fatty acids from the triglycerides so that it never gets hard. It has many wonderful benefits including an indefinite shelf life, odorless and colorless, does not stain clothing, absorbs quickly and easily, is not greasy, does not clog pores and is wonderful for skin.
When you got your oils, you got a little guide that showed you application codes. We already talked about the 3 different ways to use your oils, but there are some other codes to be aware of…..
Neat = application of an essential oil undiluted
S = Sensitive If it as has S by the name of the oil, it needs to be diluted because some skin may be sensitive.
D = DILUTION These oils must be diluted greatly and used with caution!
Coconut oil has wonderful benefits to the skin and body. The primary benefit of Fractionated Coconut oil is less messy to apply, however the primary benefit exists when premixing diluted oils in a roller bottle because it wont harden.
Why use carrier oil?
- Using carrier oil aids absorption. Without a carrier oil, a larger percentage of the essential oil evaporates in the air. This means adding a carrier oils gets MORE oils into the skin! This means you spend less and get more benefit than using an oil neat.
- Less is more. With essential oils using ” less, more often” is more effective than “more, less often”. A couple drops every couple hours until aliments subside. Using your oils diluted in roller bottles every 5 minuets or say is a great way too. Diluting the oils makes using “less, more often” easier to do.
- Diluting protects the skin from irritation and sensitization. Every person is different and repeated undiluted use in one area can lead to sensitization (red, irritated, painful skin reaction), which can be life-long. This is especially a risk with the very young, very old and those who are unhealthy due to disease or lifestyle. So dilute your oils, your skin will love you!
Get some tools to help make using your oils easier
- Roller bottles
- Spray bottles
- Carrying cases– I have these as well as the wooden box
- Keychain to take your oils everywhere with you
- Sites: aromatools.com, MyOilBusiness.com, shareoils.com
Home Essential Usage Guide:
Now go, empower yourself! Use your oils